CERE Staff Members


Aubrie Swan Sein, PhD, EdM 

Dr. Aubrie Swan Sein is the Director of CERE. She has worked at CERE since 2009, and is an Associate Professor of Educational Assessment (in Dental Medicine and Pediatrics) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Dr. Swan Sein leads the work of CERE to collaborate, consult, and advise in program development and evaluation, educational and evaluation research and scholarship, curriculum and instructional design, learner assessment and evaluation design, educator development, and counseling about long-term learning and studying strategies. Her scholarly interests are in how assessment systems can be structured to promote student long-term learning, and how best to support students to develop high quality learning and studying strategies.  She is a member of the Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, and a past Northeast Group on Education Affairs (NEGEA) Medical Education Scholarship, Research, and Evaluation (MESRE) chair, and graduate of the AAMC Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology and an EdM in Education Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University.

Florante (Jun) Garcia 

Florante (Jun) Garcia is a Senior Data Manager at Columbia University Medical Center's Center for Education Research and Evaluation. In this capacity, he is responsible for programming and managing several databases combining data from many different sources for the purposes of curriculum evaluation, continuous quality improvement, accreditation maintenance, student advising, education research, and other CERE data reporting initiatives.  

Prior to joining Columbia, he served as a Data Manager at the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology. In this role, Jun managed and supported several research project databases for data abstraction, processing, and reporting in the Congenital Malformations Registry, with primary responsibilities supporting the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Surveillance Project in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control. Jun received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Albany.

Samuel C. Quiah, MSW 

Samuel Quiah is Associate Director and has been part of the CERE team since 2013.  His primary efforts support ongoing evaluation of the medical school’s curriculum and its learning environment in collaboration with student leaders, course/clerkship directors, and administration. Samuel also provides consultation to scholarly initiatives with faculty and students, striving to promote innovation in curriculum development and instruction. His scholarly interests include competency-based education, educator development, and workplace learning. 

Prior to joining CERE, he served as the Director of Professional Development at Development Without Limits, where he led educator development and program evaluation efforts for youth development programs funded by the New York City Department of Education, New York City Department for Youth and Community Development, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and the United States Department of Education. His direct teaching experience includes working as an educator and staff trainer with Global Kids, Inc. and coordinating community organizing and adult education efforts with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Samuel received his B.S. from Stony Brook University and a M.S. in Social Work, with a focus in Social Policy Analysis, from Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of education in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Henry Park, PhD 

Dr. Henry Park has been serving as Education, Assessment, and Evaluation Specialist at Columbia University Medical Center's Center for Education Research and Evaluation since 2015. In this capacity,  he supports program evaluation, curriculum development, accreditation issues, faculty and resident development, and educational scholarship initiatives at the medical school and affiliate hospital, New York Presbyterian and The College of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Park also provides statistical support for the Virginia Apgar Society, supporting faculty scholarship and development, and serving on their grant committee. Day-to-Day activities include evaluating learner performance, data analysis, evaluating program effectiveness, continuous quality improvement, and consultation.  He is also an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center, providing consultation to residents and faculty on research design and analysis. 

Prior to joining Columbia, he served as a Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in Education at the Graduate Center CUNY. His direct service experience in includes managing and reviewing grant applications, database management, statistical analysis and reporting, as well as program design and evaluation in a higher education environment. Dr. Park has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and a MPhil in Psychology from The Graduate Center-CUNY, and a B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University. 

Shubha Dathatri, PhD, EdM 

Dr. Shubha Dathatri has been serving as an Education, Assessment, and Evaluation Specialist with the Center for Education Research and Evaluation (CERE) at the Columbia University Medical Center since 2015.  Her experience in medical education began in surgical education specifically as she had been serving, prior to joining CERE, as surgical educator within departments of surgery at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and the Baylor College of Medicine.  In Dr. Dathatri’s current role, her efforts across both undergraduate and graduate medical education platforms are focused on providing clinical educators with effective tools to teach, to evaluate learner performance, and to reflect on the efficacy of their own educational practices.  Through an exploration of pedagogical practices in medical education, her work involves developing and refining evaluation and assessment instruments, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and writing analytic case reports assessing the impact, effectiveness, and sustainability of the programs and interventions under consideration.  She is dedicated to using educational and social science research tools to improve instructional, evaluation, and assessment systems and to enhance learning outcomes in medical education.   

Dr. Dathatri earned a PhD in Educational Psychology from the Stanford University School of Education, an EdM in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, an MA in Comparative and International Education from Teachers College Columbia University, and a BS in Social Psychology from Cornell University.

Education and Data Science Specialist

The CERE Education and Data Science Specialist is responsible for data visualization, data science initiatives, programming, curriculum evaluation, continuous quality improvement, accreditation maintenance, student advising, education research, and other CERE data reporting initiatives. 

Todd A. Bates, PhD, MSEd, MA 

Dr. Todd A. Bates is the Education and Learning Specialist at CERE and Assistant Clinical Professor of Education Assessment (in Medicine). His goal is to help empower the medical educators and learners at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center to incorporate innovative pedagogies from the field of teacher education into their work at Columbia and beyond. Prior to joining CERE, he worked in teacher education at Montclair State University, performance assessment at ETS, and was school district administrator outside of Philadelphia. He also served as the inaugural doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weingarten Center, and a school teacher in the United States and abroad. Todd completed his B.A. at Juniata College, M.A. at The Ohio State University, M.S.Ed. and initial doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. at Montclair State University. 

Phoenix Millacy Jay, MS 

Phoenix has been serving as the Data Manager at the Center for Education Research and Evaluation (CERE) at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center since spring of 2019. In her role, she specializes in translating medical curriculum and educational requirements into technological processes to harness insights from the data for continuous quality improvements. Her goal is to tackle complex puzzles by breaking them down into smaller pieces, identify the patterns, and use that data to plan a more effective process. Prior to joining CERE, she worked with various stakeholders to troubleshoot issues and generate more efficient processes in both finance and admissions roles. She also built a library database for an education non-profit for kids from low-income families to more easily find and borrow books and other educational materials. Phoenix also served as the Chair of Professional Development Committee for CUIT’s Women in Technology (WIT) initiative where the mission is to aid in expanding relationships and knowledge leading to the continued professional development for women in technology. She studied East Asian Languages and Cultures and Statistics (B.A.) at Columbia University as an undergraduate student, and completed her graduate degree in Applied Analytics (M.S.) at Columbia University.