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About Us

We love what we do. We love brainstorming, problem-solving, and finding creative ways to gather data. We geek out over logic models, flow charts, graphs, Gantt charts, and coding qualitative data. We love new clients, but we also really appreciate developing long-term relationships with clients and watching their programs grow and thrive.

At SSRL, we strive to:

  • help our clients articulate research questions or evaluation goals,
  • design efficient data collection strategies,
  • ensure a balance of qualitative and quantitative data representation,
  • present user-friendly products to clients and stakeholders, and
  • provide actionable recommendations.

We are located on the beautiful San Diego State University campus. Our connection with the university allows us to consult with colleagues in various fields, and to stay in the forefront of social research practices.

Meet Our Staff

Cathy R. Cirina-Chiu, M.A., M.P.H. | Director

Cathy Cirina-Chiu directs all day-to-day operations of the SSRL and supervises every aspect of each project: from needs assessment, sampling strategy, instrument design, pilot testing, data collection, analysis, to preparation and presentation of results. Her background is in the social sciences and public health. She received her MA from UC Berkeley in 1989, and her MPH from SDSU in 1994. She has been with the SSRL since 1994 and has extensive experience with evaluation design and implementation, research design, survey research, sampling strategies, data analysis, data visualization, and report writing. Cathy is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

[email protected] | (619) 594-1363 | LinkedIn

Dipthi Battapadi, M.A. | Senior Research Associate

Dipthi Battapadi has been with the SSRL since 2013. She works on project management, data management, data processing, drafting charts and other data visualization products, conducting literature reviews, and report writing. Dipthi also trains and supervises all SSRL research assistants and is responsible for the recruitment, selection, and training of all SSRL interns. Dipthi received her MA from SDSU in 2013. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association.

 [email protected] |  (619) 594-1671