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About Us

The Institute
The Institute for Research and Evaluation (IRE) is a nonprofit research organization that has gained national recognition for its work evaluating sex education programs, particularly abstinence education interventions. IRE has conducted program evaluations for Title V, CBAE, and Title XX projects in 30 states and three foreign countries, collected data from more than 500,000 teens, and produced over one hundred studies of abstinence education during its 20-year history. IRE staff members have published several journal articles and frequently speak at professional conferences and workshops. They have also been invited to provide expert testimony to state legislative bodies, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives (most recently in April, 2008), and the White House (June, 2009).
Stan E. Weed, PhD—Director
Dr. Weed completed his PhD in 1978 at the University of Washington in the field of Social Psychology. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in his field. His primary professional and research interest has been the social problems and preventive programs related to adolescents: teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and delinquency. His research has been published in scholarly professional journals and presented at meetings of the American Psychological Association, Academy of Management Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, American Evaluation Association, National Conference on Family Relations, and World Conference of Sociologists. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, and as a consultant to the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs in the Department of Health and Human Services. His work assessing the impact of current social policy on teen pregnancy has been cited on NBC TV and in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Readers Digest, and scores of newspapers around the country. Dr. Weed has also been invited to present his work in Washington D.C. at The White House, the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, the U.S. House Committee on Health and Transportation, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to legislative bodies in several states, and at Moscow University in Russia. He has served as a national consultant for federal Title XX and CBAE projects, and was a charter member of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. He founded IRE in 1988 and currently serves as Director and CEO.
Irene H. Ericksen, MS—Senior Research Analyst
Irene Ericksen holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah. She has authored or co-authored many papers on the effectiveness of sex education programs, including articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at professional conferences and workshops. Ms. Ericksen served for three years as one of six members of a national panel of consultants to the CDC-supported Community Preventive Services Task Force meta-analysis study on sex education effectiveness and as a secondary author for the published study on the same topic (2012). Her work has been presented at the U.S. Congress and the White House. She has been affiliated with the Institute for 18 years.
Judy Andrews, BA—Administrative Assistant
Ms. Andrews has been with IRE since 2006. She holds a BA in secondary education from the University of Utah and taught both middle school and high school for many years. Ms. Andrews did extensive work on the AEGIS curriculum, and is now in charge of accounts payable. She also handles travel arrangements.
Brenda Davis—AEGIS Character Education Coordinator
Ms. Davis joined IRE in 2009. She is currently pursuing a degree from Brigham Young University - Idaho. She is in charge of AEGIS Character Education updates, special projects and other duties.

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