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Center for Social Research Staff

The Center for Social Research (CSR) is a research entity of the University of Hartford. It has been in operation since 1975. The work conducted at the CSR focuses on human service program development and assessment, particularly programs targeting socially and economically marginalized populations.

C. Wesley Younts, PhD


Hillyer Hall 426


Marcia Hughes, PhD

Research & Evaluation Analyst

Hillyer Hall 423D


Marcia Hughes, PhD, is primarily responsible for the design and management of research and evaluation projects. Marcia has been providing program development and evaluation services to nonprofit organizations, government and community-based agencies, and school systems for over fifteen years. Her work contributes to interdisciplinary, multi-level collaboratives for creating positive social change at the local, national, and international levels.

Allison Joslyn

Project Manager

Hillyer Hall 423B


Allison joined the Center for Social Research as the project manager in April 2012.  She is a candidate for a Master of Arts degree in health psychology from the Department of Psychological Science at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Her research experience includes interning for the Department of Psychiatry and Trauma Clinic at the University of Connecticut Health Center on multiple studies examining educational and therapeutic interventions for PTSD, and MST vocational outcomes of adolescents. In addition, Allison received extensive training as a graduate assistant working on evaluation projects related to student retention, student engagement, and critical thinking and problem solving skills (cross-sectional study) for the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at CCSU. 

Allison’s primary responsibilities at the Center for Social Research are to provide oversight on data collection and procedures, monitor program performance, and conduct data analysis for annual outcome reports for programs related to the Children’s Trust Fund, such as Nurturing Families Network, Family School Connections, and Help Me Grow.