Ronda Jenson, PhD

Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University
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Ronda Jenson, PhD

Ronda Jenson is Associate Professor, is the Research Director at the AzUCD housed at the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Institute for Human Development. She also holds appointments in Psychological Sciences and Education Specialties at NAU.

Dr. Jenson has been involved in the AUCD network since 2004. Over her 13 years at the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she held both the training director and research director roles. In 2017, she joined the NAU Institute for Human Development, taking on the research director role. Since 2004, she has continued to maintain an active portfolio of federal, state, and regional grants and contracts. Cumulatively, she has brought in over 55 grants and contracts totaling approximately $14 million in external funding.

Ronda's research focuses on ways of improving practices and systems that result in inclusive quality programs for persons with disabilities and persons with trauma histories. Her research occurs in schools, community human service programs, and state agencies. In particular, her research focuses on measurement of implementation and contexts as well as translating research and data for stakeholders in order to inform implementation.