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INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH

Staff 
Office of Institutional Research

Michael B. Roberts, PsyD
Director of Institutional Research

Dr. Roberts is the director of the office of institutional research as well as a licensed psychologist in the state of New Jersey. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), and previously earned a master’s degree in experimental psychology at Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Roberts was a postdoctoral fellow at Cooper University Hospital where he was the coordinator of a state funded grant to assist pediatricians with the identification and treatment of mental health concerns in children and adolescents. He has an interest in psychometric testing and measure/survey development. He has taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate level in the areas of research methods, statistics, and personality assessment. He continues to pursue academic endeavors via research and publications on various topics in the field of psychology. Specifically, he has been working with emergency room physicians at Cooper University Hospital in developing a measure of physician compassion as rated by patients. Dr. Roberts has a passion for statistical analysis and research design which he currently utilizes in his role as Director of Institutional Research at PCOM.

Tara Hixon, MSW
Associate Director of Institutional Research

Tara is the associate director within the office of institutional research. She earned her master’s in social work from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and specialized in nonprofit and public management and violence against women and children. During graduate school she held multiple research assistantship positions and worked on projects involving the needs and assistance for the New Jersey Office of Victim Witness Advocacy, assessed the impact of the Paterson, New Jersey HOPE VI Public Housing Revitalization project, managed projects and evaluations for the Huamin Research Center, and published various papers regarding the social welfare system in China. Upon graduation, Tara worked for Burning Glass Technologies, an analytics software company that provides real-time data of job growth, skills in demand and labor market trends. After three years, her career trajectory took her to the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Market and Institutional Research Manager. Within her current role at PCOM, Tara utilizes the skills she has collected from her previous roles and applies them to provide valuable insights.

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