Resource Development Associates

Amy Cole, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Amy is an interdisciplinary researcher with an emphasis on empowerment research. Her work integrates theory, methodology, and practice from diverse disciplinary perspectives to promote rigorous and responsive evaluation. She is passionate about the importance of systems integration and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations to advance knowledge and support vulnerable groups. At RDA, Amy uses her mixed methods and interdisciplinary experiences to assist in evaluation and planning, as well as data collection and analysis on a variety of projects.

Prior to working at RDA, Amy held faculty positions at Washington State University in both the College of Education and the College of Agricultural, Natural, and Human Resource Sciences, where she taught several courses in Human Development, including Family Policy, Adolescent Development, and Adult Development.


  • M.A. in Sport Management – Washington State University
  • Ph.D. in the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program, with an emphasis in evaluation and empowerment research – Washington State University

Select Projects

  • AB 109 Evaluation (Santa Cruz County, Sonoma County)
  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment Evaluation (Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, Orange County)
  • Desert Regional Consortium Adult Education Block Grant Strategic Planning
  • Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Alcohol and Other Drug Evaluation
  • San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services San Jose Works 2.0 Evaluation
  • San Pablo Economic Development Corporation Strategic Planning