Our Team


Project Leadership

Neal Kingston

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kingston oversees and provides guidance on all aspects of the Enhanced Learning Maps project. He is a professor in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Kansas and director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute. He is also a senior advisor for the Dynamic Learning Maps® Alternate Assessment Consortium. Kingston’s research focuses broadly on improving large-scale assessments so they better support student learning, especially the use of instructionally embedded, instructionally relevant assessments based on fine-grained learning map models.
Kingston received his doctorate in educational measurement and research design from Teachers College at Columbia University. Before coming to KU in 2006, Kingston was a researcher and then an executive at several educational testing companies and associate commissioner for curriculum and assessment at the Kentucky Department of Education during the early years of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act. He started his career as a high school science teacher.

Russell Swinburne Romine

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Swinburne Romine oversees assessment and learning map model development projects within ATLAS. In addition to his experience constructing learning map models, he leads multiple teams who develop accessible assessments based on evidence-centered design, which incorporates principles of Universal Design. Dr. Swinburne Romine earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, where he also taught classes in learning, cognition, and educational measurement.


Dale Cope

Project Director

Nancy Lister

Project Coordinator

Kevin Liu

Project Coordinator

Content Team

Kristin Joannou Lyon

Content Lead

Holly Dubiel

Curriculum and Assessment Specialist

Sasha Feryok

Assistant Researcher

Technology Team

James Miller

Associate Professor, KU School of Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

James Miller

Dain Vermaak

PhD candidate, KU School of Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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Barbara Bradley

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Teaching, The University of Kansas

Angela Broaddus

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Benedictine College

Bruce Frey

Professor of Educational Psychology, The University of Kansas

Russell Gersten

Executive Director of Instructional Research Group and Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon

Margaret Heritage

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Karen Karp

Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University, and Professor Emeritus, University of Louisville


Kimberly Good

Managing Evaluator, McREL International