Miranda Jade Lee-Easton

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Miranda Lee-Easton
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Research Associate
(269) 387-5913
4521 Ellsworth Hall, Mail Stop 5237
Mailing address: 
The Evaluation Center
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5237 USA
  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation, Western Michigan University
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Webster University, 2004
  • B.A., Psychology, University of South Florida, 1998

Miranda Jade Lee-Easton is a research associate at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. She has 10+ years of experience as a project manager for evaluation projects sponsored by federal and non-profit organizations in the areas of STEM education, higher education, public health, and behavioral health. Prior to her evaluation work, Dr. Lee-Easton worked for 10+ years as a drug and alcohol counselor for adults and juveniles involved in the corrections and probations systems.

Dr. Lee-Easton has served as a member of the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board at Western Michigan University. She has also served as a consultant trainer for the University of Miami, as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as an invited lecturer for the National Academy of Chronic Disease Directors. Since 2009, Dr. Lee-Easton has worked in teams with a variety of co-authors to develop 12 peer-reviewed publications, one edited book, four published book reviews, and over 40 presentations, trainings, and webinars. She is also a working musician and artist.


Research Focus

Dr. Lee-Easton’s primary research focus centers on the design, development, implementation, and use of federally and non-federally funded online registers of behavioral health-related evidence-based program registers (EBPRs). Her dissertation research project involved understanding the genesis, extent, and implications of variations in program rating determinations made by these EBPRs. Her secondary research focus is on the use of data dashboards in program evaluation and public health surveillance to improve organizational capacity to monitor and improve program outcomes.


Invited Lectures

Lee, M.J., Jones, M.C. (2016). How to Build Data Dashboards. Presented at the Denver Invitational Chronic Disease Academy, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Magura, S., Lee, M.J., Abu-Obaid, R.N., Landsverk, J., DeCamp, W. Rolls-Reutz, J. Perkins, D.F. (2023). The influence of evidence-based program registry websites for dissemination of evidence-based interventions in behavioral healthcare. Evaluation and Program Planning, 97(102214).

Lee-Easton, M.J., Magura, S., Maranda, M.J., Landsverk, J., Rolls-Reutz, J., Green, B., DeCamp, W., Abu-Obaid, R. (2022). A scoping review of the influence of Evidence-based Program Resources (EBPR) websites for behavioral health. Administration and Policy in Mental Health. Online ahead of print.

Maranda, M.J., Lee-Easton, M.J., Magura, S. (2022). Variations in definitions of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for behavioral health in eight selected U.S. states. Evaluation Review, 46(4), 363-390.

Lee-Easton, M.J., Magura, S., Abu-Obaid, R.N., Landsverk, J., DeCamp, W., Rolls-Reutz, J., Moore, K., Firpo-Triplett, R., Buckley, P.R., Stout, E.R., Perkins, D.F. (2022). Visitor’s assessment and utilization of Evidence-Based Program Resources (EBPR) websites. Substance Use & Misuse, 57(11), 1688-1697. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2022.2107675

Magura, S., Lee, M.J., Abu-Obaid, R. Landsverk, J., DeCamp, W., Rolls-Reutz, J., Green, B., Ingoglia, C., Hollen, V., Flagg, A. (2022). State department and provider agency utilization of evidence-based program registers in behavioral healthcare and child welfare. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 45(4), 397-410.

Lee, M.J., Maranda, M.J., Magura, S., Greenman II, G. (2022). References to evidence-based program resource (EBPR) websites for behavioral health in U.S. state government statutes and regulations. Journal of Applied Social Science, 16(2):442-58. https://doi.org/10.1177/19367244221078278

Maranda, M.J., Magura, S., Gugerty, R., Lee, M.J., Landsverk, J.A., Rolls-Reutz, J., Green, B. (2021). State behavioral health agency website references to evidence-based program registers. Evaluation and Program Planning, 85(April 2021), 101906. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2021.101906

*Burkhardt, J.T., Schröter, D. C., Magura, S., Means, S., & Coryn, C. L. (2015). An Overview of Evidence-Based Program Registers (EBPRs) in Behavioral Health. Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning, 48(February 2015), 92-99.

Means, S. N., Magura, S., *Burkhardt, J.T., Schröter, D. C., & Coryn, C. L. (2015). Comparing Rating Paradigms for Evidence-Based Registers in Behavioral Health: Evidentiary Criteria and Implications for Assessing Programs. (D. C. Schröter, S. Magura, & C. L. Coryn, Eds.) Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning, 48(February 2015), 110-116.

Hobson, K., *Burkhardt, J.T., (2012). A Lesson in Carefully Managing Resources: A Case Study from an Evaluation of the Music Education Program. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, 8(18), 8-14.

Magura, S., Miller, M., Michael, T., Bensley, R., *Burkhardt, J.T., Cullen-Puente, A., Sullins, C. (2012). Novel Electronic Refreshers for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. BMC Emergency Medicine. 2012; 12: 18.

Dlouhy, Robert J. and *Burkhardt, J.T., "Efficacy of the CELCIS Intensive English Program" (2011). Assessment Fellows Grant. 48.


*Denotes Ms. Lee’s authorship under her birth name.