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Mark A. Biernbaum, Ph. D.

237 Greystone Lane, #11 Rochester NY, 14618 Mobile: 585.474.8582

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship Ph.D. M.A. B.S. Developmental/Child Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2000 Developmental Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, 1998 Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York, New York, 1992 Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1990

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY 2011-present Research Associate, Children's Institute and University of Rochester, NY
My primary duties are to perform secondary quantitative analyses of datasets the Institute has permission to use. Hypotheses are proposed and studies carried out. The final product is a manuscript for publication. I therefore increase the Institute's visibility in the scholarly literature. I am currently finalizing a manuscript on bullying and school climate which will be submitted to a popular medical journal focused on pediatric and adolescent medicine. I am beginning analyses for a new manuscript on school climate and teachers' attitudes about the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system, which we will seek to publish in the education literature. I also sit on a psychometric team working to revise some popular assessments that the Institute created. I look for grant opportunities for the Institute and participate in grant writing. I provide consulting services in the following areas: research and evaluation; strategic planning; development and fundraising; organizational development, philanthropic support services, technical and scholarly writing, public relations, organizational partnerships, and grant writing. Responsible for design of overall evaluation framework for all competitive grant making, as well as for donor-advised major funds. In collaboration with Harvard University, I analyzed all quantitative data for the 2006 Social Capital Survey, which involved making comparisons to survey results from 2001, as well as to national results. I then assisted the communications department in their work to disseminate the survey results to the Greater Rochester Area. I designed special initiatives to engage donors, including a newsletter. I provided technical assistance to community agencies on development, fundraising, and evaluation as part of my extensive community outreach efforts. I served as program officer for the arts, providing development and fundraising advice and helping with organizational development, program planning, and public relations. I coordinated grant making in the arts, and was the point person for special projects, including the Rochester TheatreFest and the Federal Reserve Board Concentrated Poverty Initiative.

2007-present Owner, ISIS: Institute for Strategic Inquiry and Study, Rochester, NY

2006-2007 Senior Program Officer, Rochester Area Community Foundation, N Y

2003-2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Child Development, Sacramento State University

I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in lifespan development, child development, social and emotional development, research methods, and child behavior disorders in an elementary school teacher preparation program. I performed and presented research on barriers to engaging ethnic minority youth in higher education and training opportunities, and designed a program to increase engagement. I was asked by the National Head Start Association to contribute a commentary on the topic of school readiness. I worked closely with a GLBT community youth center to formalize programming, collect evaluation data, and write grant applications. I created and administered a community survey on HIV/AIDS service needs and presented data to tricounty planning group. I served on the Student Academic Development Committee which provided grants for student participation in research. I served as an advisor for Masters students and supervised a team of undergraduate research assistants investigating a variety of topics, including the development of self-esteem, parent-child relations and personality development, brain development and attachment, cross-cultural child-rearing practices, adolescent depression, and aggressive behaviors in elementary school children. An article I wrote about a study I performed comparing personality development and mental health of GLBT and non-GLBT youth, was published in the Journal of Homosexuality. The article became part of the gay marriage debate and was widely publicized internationally.

2001-2002 Research Scientist, Miscarriage Couples Healing Project, Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle

Project Director/Co-Principal Investigator on an NIH-sponsored randomized clinical trial of 2 counseling interventions for couples who had recently miscarried. One intervention involved in-person couples counseling, the other was a course administered at home on DVD; Responsible for all administrative duties, including human subjects applications, establishment of data management and data tracking and analysis systems (MS Access and SPSS), coordination of IRB processes with three different hospitals for recruitment created a unitary consent form that worked for all recruitment sites, hiring and supervision of additional staff, etc., ran two focus groups of 4 couples in each and had them evaluate the at-home intervention materials. Responsible for grant management/budgeting, reporting back to funder.

2002 Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle

Taught Psychology 101 to approximately 300 students; Daily lectures, test preparation, supervision of graduate student teaching assistants, and student advising

2001 Research Associate, Educational Research Cluster, Metis Associates Inc. New York, NY

Responsible for the design and execution of various program evaluations in education, mostly for the New York City Board of Education (Metis is a preferred provider for the Board), including evaluations of computer-assisted learning, alternative to suspension programs, programs for teen mothers, bilingual education, district-wide longitudinal needs assessments, and evaluation of New York City's Summer School 2001 program, using epidemiological sampling and both quantitative and qualitative methods; Budgeted and pitched contracts/proposals (up to $500,000); Served on Statistical Advisory Panel responsible for guaranteeing accuracy of all out-going research; Responsible for the design of quality control manuals and procedures for major projects; Supervised staff of 11 research analysts and assistants.

1999-2000 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Pitt Mother & Child Project, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Responsible for designing and implementing overall data and grant management systems for an NIH-supported 10-year longitudinal study on boys at risk for the development of Conduct Disorder. I assisted with refinement of data collection procedures. I pursued and presented an analysis illustrating the use of toddler screening measures in predicting the quality of a child's relationship with both mother and teacher in first grade at the National Head Start Research Association Conference in Washington, D.C.; Asked to present to department's graduate students on sexual orientation and mental health, and on the role emotional coping plays in adult romantic relationships

1999-2000 Consultant, Medicaid-to-Managed Care Evaluation Study of Adolescents and Substance Abuse Treatment Access and Outcomes, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

I consulted on the implementation component of larger multi-site longitudinal study funded by SAHMHSA examining the ways that Pennsylvania's Medicaid-to-Managed Care initiative impacted access to substance abuse and mental health services for adolescents; Created logic model that illustrated all the parties in the state and federal government involved in funding and administering these services. I performed qualitative analyses of documents, interviews, and other information sources; Provided oversight of additional sub-contractors. I co-authored the final report delivered to the state and to SAMHSA to satisfy federal grant reporting requirements.

1998-1999 Research Associate, RMC Research Corporation, Portland, Oregon

Grant management and execution of SAMHSA-funded studies on the impact of Oregon's Medicaid-to-Managed Care system on adult and adolescent substance abuse treatment. I compared Oregon to Washington state, where traditional fee-for-service Medicaid was still in effect. I led the investigation of the parents of adolescents being followed during substance abuse treatment I also designed and led the policy implementation study on Oregon's Medicaid-toManaged care initiative, and created protocol for coding of qualitative interview data that was adopted by several other national sites participating in study; Met and coordinated with 8 other participating sites and SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). Taught Developmental Psychology at Seattle campus and Abnormal Psychology through Film and Literature at the Bothell campus I provided teaching assistance for a variety of undergraduate psychology courses, including Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychological Statistics, and Human Sexuality; Duties included guest lecturing, small section teaching, exam writing, administrative course coordination, and individualized student assistance.

1998 Lecturer, Departments of Psychology and Liberal Studies,University of Washington, Seattle

1997-1998 Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle

1996-1997 Research Assistant, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Part of a small research team evaluating the multi-system impacts of state legislation addressing teenage runaway and substance abuse issues ("The Becca Bill"); Duties included interview protocol design and execution, creation of state logic model for delivery of adolescent services, document review, grounded theory code development for qualitative data, oversight of undergraduate research assistants, and grant/contract writing for additional funding 3

1994-1997 Research Assistant, Preschool Families Project, Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

I assisted with the management and analysis of an NIMH-funded longitudinal study on the fathers of preschool boys with Oppositional Defiance Disorder; Duties included literature review, data analysis (SPSS), design of data management system, and reporting to funders. I presented data showing significant differences in psychological profiles of fathers of diagnosed boys versus fathers of non-diagnosed boys at the annual conference of the Western Psychological Association. I also co-authored an article on fathers and the development of preschool behavior problems published in the American Psychological Association journal, Developmental Psychology.

1995-1996 Instructor, Department of English, Interdisciplinary Writing Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Taught an intensive freshman English writing seminar (20 students) linked with Psychology 101; Received training on innovative methods to engage undergraduates in writing; I designed and implemented curriculum on writing about psychology and other scientific topics and provided individualized student development planning, meeting with each student a minimum of 4 times per semester to help them achieve their writing goals.

1994 Research Assistant, Mt. Hope Family Center, Department of Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Working under the auspices of Dr. Dante Cicchetti I created a data management and data duplication protocol for audiotape data on NIMH-supported study of toddlers with depressed mothers. The management system suggested a data analysis system, which served as the basis for future analyses of that data set; Wrote Field Data Collection manual for use on all of the Center's research projects. I participated in field data collection (interviews) for a NIMH-supported longitudinal study of child maltreatment and neglect.

1992-1993 Laboratory Manager, Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, Rockefeller University, New York, NY

I was responsible for all administrative tasks, including ordering lab animal supplies, supporting 15 investigators, and managing federal and foundation grant reporting. I assisted foreign-born investigators whose primary language was not English, in writing grant applications and scholarly articles. The primary focus of the lab was to study how changes in estrogen and testosterone create multiple effects on behavior.

1991-1992 Research Assistant, Barnard College Toddler Center, Columbia University, New York, NY

I was trained to reliability on a mother-toddler attachment coding protocol; Assisted with revisions of coding manual and training procedures. I coded approximately 100 videotapes for several research projects that were using the new protocol, which was designed for toddlers specifically.

1990-1992 Junior Research Fellow, National Council of Jewish Women Center for the Child, New York, NY

I assisted with research and administration of a multi-site, longitudinal evaluation of a home-based early childhood education/literacy intervention for multi-risk children and families funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Carnegie Foundation, and the Wolens Foundation; Duties included grant writing, grant management, reporting, research design of cost analysis study, interview protocol design, interviewing of key informants, qualitative data analysis, and design of data management systems. 4


Biernbaum, M. A. (2006). Social Capital Survey Technical Report. Written for the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Biernbaum, M. A. (2006-2007). Giving Opportunities. Newsletter written quarterly for the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Biernbaum, M. A. (2006). The Arts and Social Capital. White paper written for the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Biernbaum, M. A. (2005). School Readiness: What are the key domains? National Head Start Association Dialog, 7, 5-6. Biernbaum, M.A. & Ruscio, M. (2004). Differences between matched heterosexual and nonheterosexual college students on measures of defense mechanisms and psychopathological symptoms. Journal of Homosexuality, 48(1), 125-141. Deklyen, M., Biernbaum, M.A., Speltz, M.L., & Greenberg, M.T. (1998). Fathers and preschool behavior problems. Developmental Psychology, 34(2), 264-275. Biernbaum, M.A. Coherence between emotion regulatory processes: A self-organizational model of the relations between attachment, defense, and psychopathological symptom severity. Unpublished manuscript.


Biernbaum, M.A. (September, 2007). Non-profit organizational structure and bylaws: How do you talk about what it is you do? Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Institute, Community Planning Workshop Series, Bureau of Planning, City of Rochester. Biernbaum, M.A. (May, 2005). Psychosocial risks in ethnic minority GLBT teens and youth. Talk presented at the 10th Annual Multicultural Education Research Conference, Sacramento State University. Biernbaum, M.A. & Shaw, D. (June, 2002). Early childhood predictors of at-risk boys' relationship quality with mothers and teachers after school entry. Poster presented at Head Start's Sixth National Research Conference, Washington, D.C. Biernbaum, M.A. (2000, November). Mental health issues in sexual minority youth. Invited presentation at Clinical Psychology Brown Bag, University of Pittsburgh. Biernbaum, M.A. (1999, November). Internal working models of attachment, defense mechanisms, and psychopathological symptom severity in a college sample. Invited presentation at Clinical Psychology Brown Bag, University of Pittsburgh. Biernbaum, M.A., Greenberg, M., Deklyen, M., & Speltz, M. (1996, April). Paternal characteristics associated with diagnosis of Oppositional Defiance Disorder in preschool boys. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Jose, CA. Biernbaum, M.A. (1995, June). Klein and early superego development: Making room for actual parental responsiveness. Paper presented at Forum 95: Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, Bellevue, WA.