Jamie DeLeeuw, Ph.D. is a research scholar at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute (CRI) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She joined the Johnson Center in 2017 and is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of community-based research projects.
Projects under her management tend to be centered on organizations’ impact on students’ educational success. She encourages evidence-based reform of policy and practices to maximize the efficacy and outreach of community programs. Dr. DeLeeuw’s training as a social scientist serves to inform her advocacy of social justice and the empowerment of local members of the community. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from GVSU, and a master’s degree and doctorate in community psychology, with an emphasis in research methods, from Wichita State University (WSU).
Prior to joining the CRI, she was in charge of an office of institutional research at Monroe County Community College (MCCC), which included the development of an Institutional Review Board. Her work focused on the prediction of community college student success and satisfaction, including the impact of changes to institutional procedures and policy on student outcomes. Prior to this role, Dr. DeLeeuw worked with various community organizations on applied research projects and taught undergraduate courses in research methods, general psychology, social psychology, theories of personality, and lifespan development as a visiting professor at GVSU, graduate student at WSU, and adjunct at MCCC.
Dr. DeLeeuw has conducted research on effective institutional practices in higher education, the role of environment and technology in teaching, child behavior problems, religious ideology, and attitudes towards animals. Her doctoral dissertation, “Animal Shelter Dogs: Factors Predicting Adoption Versus Euthanasia”, explores physical characteristics of dogs that predict adoption, and includes implications for animal shelter and community policy.