Dr. Marie BarnardMarie Barnard, Ph.D.

Interim Director and Research Assistant Professor 

Marie Barnard is the Interim Director and Research Assistant Professor at CERE. She received her M.S. in Epidemiology from the University of Tennessee and Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Barnard has extensive research experience ranging from community evaluation projects to clinical trials. She has previously served as director of assessment for the School of Applied Sciences and held multiple academic administrative posts. Her expertise is in the areas of research methodology, program evaluation, public health, and interpersonal violence.

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Joey RutherfordJoey Rutherford, M.A.

Project Manager

Joey Rutherford is the Project Manger of the Dr. Maxine Harper Center for Educational Research and Evaluation. He began his career at CERE in 2006 as a research associate before becoming project coordinator. In September of 2013, he was named Project Manager. In 2006, he received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the university’s Management and Administrative Seminars for Human Resources Program (MASH) and the Research Administration and Management Program (RAMP). He recently received his Master’s of Higher Education/Student Personnel degree from the University of Mississippi in Spring of 2015.

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