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Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D.

Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) of the University of Wyoming (UW)
Senior Research Scientist
Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) of the University of Wyoming (UW). He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at UW. Dr. Wambeam completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska in 1999 and served as policy advisor to Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson. He was Director of the Evaluation Research Department at the Nebraska Council to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse before moving home to Wyoming in 2002. At WYSAC, Dr. Wambeam oversees numerous prevention research projects. He was principle investigator of Wyoming’s 21st Century State Incentive Grant and Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant evaluations and Oregon’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant evaluation. He is currently principle investigator of Wyoming’s Federal Prevention Block Grant evaluation, Wyoming’s Partnerships for Success evaluation, Oregon’s Partnerships for Success evaluation, and numerous other state and local research projects. His new book “The Community Needs Assessment Workbook” from Oxford University Press came out in 2015. In his free time Rodney is the founder and coach of Wyoming’s only short track ice speed skating team, has been known to organize Muggle Quidditch games for youth and adults, and played the Dean of Research in his son’s new movie “Project Cora.”