Margaret Camarena has more than 25 years of experience designing and conducting policy and applied research and evaluation studies for both foundations and the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Housing & Urban Development; SAMSHA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; National Institute of Drug Abuse; National Institute for Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism; and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The majority of these studies examined the impact of programs and services designed for underserved low-income communities and culturally distinct populations in the fields of education, early childhood education, family/child welfare, and behavioral health.
Dr. Camarena has directed research and evaluation departments at both non-profit research agencies and universities, managing national and regional studies, as well as providing technical support to educational and human services professionals and collaborating with them to conduct action research to remedy service delivery problems. In addition to her research and evaluation work, she has taught courses in program evaluation and conducted training seminars for health and human services providers to help them to use evaluation findings to guide planning and programmatic decisions. Dr. Camarena earned her doctorate in sociology and education from Stanford University.