Research and Evaluation Staff

Lorraine McKelvey

Lorraine McKelvey- Associate Professor


Dr. Lorraine McKelvey, Associate Professor, leads the evaluation team. McKelvey has done home visiting research for over a decade. She was a member of the research consortium of the national Early Head Start Research project, a co-investigator on a project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Home Visiting Campaign to examine the elements of home based Early Head Start services most related to improved family and child outcomes, and conducted research of a home visiting program for teen parents using the Healthy Families America model.

Cody Burnett

Cody Burnett-Research Associate 

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Cody Burnett, MPH, is the Research Associate at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. As a part of the Arkansas Home Visiting Network’s evaluation team for the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funding he is charged with maintaining, and providing training and technical support for the online database.

Sally Fitts

Sally Fitts - Research Associate

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Sally Sizer Fitts graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Washington State University. Dr. Fitts moved to the University of Arkansas in 2009 as a grant writer, and joined the MIECHV Evaluation Team in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine in 2012.


Shalese Fitzgerald

Shalese Fitzgerald-Research Assistant

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Shalese Fitzgerald is a research assistant with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He received his master’s degree in statistics from University of Arkansas Fayetteville and serves as data manager for Arkansas MIECHV Home Visiting.