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Dale L. Cusumano

Dale Cusumano

Dale L. Cusumano

Senior Implementation Specialist

Biographical Statement 

Dale Lynn Cusumano, PhD, is the Co-Director of the State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) center to which she brings her expertise working at the early childhood, school, district, university, and state levels as a researcher, nationally certified school psychologist, program coordinator, and evaluator. Within her current position at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), she provides technical assistance to state departments of education and child welfare focused on building the knowledge and skills that facilitate full and effective use of evidence-based practices for children, youth, and families. Dale also has served as the Project Director for the IES funded Team-Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) grant and Project Evaluator of a federally-funded Early Learning Opportunities grant, which examined the effect of coaching to facilitate implementation of early literacy instruction. At the district level, Dale has assisted in designing and delivering professional development modules that supported systemic change efforts addressing students' needs. Dale's research interests (implementation science, team-based problem solving, coaching, and supports for systemic change) and evaluation efforts have been published in numerous journals one of which was selected as an honorable mention for outstanding article that contributed to the field of early childhood education.