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Immediately upon graduation from the RME program, I accepted a position as Analytics Advisor with Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee with the Decision Analytics & Information Management team. In my current role, I serve a diverse student population of over 100,000 students across more than 120 schools. It is my team's responsibility to partner with units across the district from human resources to academic operations in order to harness millions of rows of disparate data, extract and transform that data, analyze it, and provide it back to end users in way allows for clear, actionable, student-focused decision making.
The RME program provided me with a more comprehensive prospective when approaching data, imparted me the skills to confidently perform advanced statistical analysis, expanded my ability to engage in and advise on collection methodology, and in general enhanced my ability to communicate data more effectively. For those interested in quantitative research, the program is invaluable, and pursuing it is a decision well worth the time and effort."
-- Joseph Westwright (Analytics Advisor, Decision Analytics and Information Management, Shelby County Schools)

I was very nervous to start my journey as a graduate student in the RME program, but after orientation where I met my professor and colleagues, I felt excited to dive into the program. Everyone at the University and in my program was very welcoming, and I knew I made the right decision. My cohort was one of my favorite aspects of the RME Master’s program; we encouraged and supported each other. Also, the support from my Advisor and Professors helped me get through challenges and overcome obstacles.
Today, in addition to being an alumni of the RME Master’s Program, I am also a Research Analyst at OutMatch HCM in Dallas, Texas. In my position, I assist clients in creating hiring profiles and assessments for seeking new talent. I also develop content for cognitive ability modules used to assess skills for candidates seeking employment.
My advice to incoming students would be too explore internships, graduate assistantships, and independent studies opportunities, so you are able to put what you are learning in the classroom into real-life situations. This will help you understand your coursework in more detail, and you will have the ability to discuss obstacles that may arise in real world situations with your advisor, professors, and colleagues. I also would recommend taking advantage of your Professor’s office hours and interacting with your cohort. There is value of being a part of a great institution with bright minds and learning from them is a gift.

-- Jazzerai Yarborough (Research Analyst, OutMatch HCM)

After completing the M.S.Ed in Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (RME) at the University of Miami’s School of Education and Human Development, Richard Muñoz went on towards pursuing a Research Coordinator administrative position at Florida International University (FIU). It was there that he soon applied and transitioned into his present role as a PhD student in Health Policy Management with a concentration in Health Systems Research at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at FIU. There, he has collaborated with faculty members from FIU and other universities, and research epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a psychometric research paper pending publication, along with collaborating with FIU faculty and physicians and staff from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Miami branch towards his dissertational research goals involving the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.
When speaking about his experience at the University of Miami’s Research, Measurement, and Evaluation program, he can be quoted saying the following:
“The knowledge, experience, and wisdom gained after completion of my degree launched my professional and academic career into the stratosphere. Every opportunity I intentionally pursued, I acquired, and that was largely due to my time pursuing the RME M.S.Ed. Between the well-structured and explained quantitative curriculum, guided instruction and practical applications with a plethora of statistical software, and exposure to dynamic and cutting-edge research and statistical methodologies through guest lectures facilitated by the program’s faculty, the skills and insights gained from pursuing this degree are not just comparatively ‘next-to-none,’ but I argue is the quintessential degree to pursue in South Florida towards the trajectory of academic and professional pursuits involving educational and psychological research.”

-- Richard Muñoz (PhD Student in Health Policy Management with a concentration in Health Systems Research, Florida International University)

After receiving my bachelors in psychology from the University of Miami, I was interested in pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology. While working in various research labs to prepare for graduate school, I came across the RME master’s program. I recognized the invaluable opportunity that the RME program could provide to better prepare me, given the diversity in courses offered and expertise of faculty members. Today, I’m an alumnus of the RME master’s program and currently a 3rd  year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Florida International University. My research interest broadly focuses on the identification and understanding of early relational and contextual factors that influence young children’s socioemotional development and academic achievement. My primary interest is in promoting school readiness among young children with disruptive behavior problems and early learning deficits, specifically for ethnically and linguistically diverse children. I’m also interested in translating research to practice through the implementation and evaluation of school-based interventions.
Overall, the RME program afforded me with one of the greatest learning opportunities and served as the foundation to jump-start my career by providing me with the knowledge and skills to conduct high-quality quantitative research.
-- Katherine Zambrana (PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Florida International University)

After completing her master’s degree in Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (RME) at the University of Miami, Violeta J. Rodriguez went on to pursue a PhD Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia under a Ford Foundation Fellowship, administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is also Senior Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where she is involved statistical analysis of data derived from multi-site clinical trials on HIV prevention funded by the National Institutes of Health. When asked about her experience at the University of Miami’s Research, Measurement, and Evaluation program, Violeta says, “The completion of my master’s at the University of Miami RME program opened up many opportunities for me professionally and academically. My training in psychometrics in the program provided me a strong foundation for scale development and validation, and scale refinement in transcultural and multicultural research. I also gained experience in research design, statistical analysis, and reporting of results, skills that I was able to directly apply to manuscripts that have been published in scholarly journals.”
-- Violeta J. Rodriguez (PhD Student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia)