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Dr. J. Patrick Turbett, Director


Dr. Turbett of the Sociology Department at SUNY Potsdam has a strong background in Applied Field Research and Applied Computer Applications for Data Collection and Analysis. He currently teaches undergraduate courses for the Department of Sociology. Along with serving as the director of PIAR he provides consulting services to educational and public agencies.

Dr. Turbett received his Bachelor?s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from West Chester State University, May, 1973: Master?s Degree in Applied Sociology from Kent State University, December, 1975; Ph.D. in Sociology-Social Psychology with a minor in Statistics and Methodology from Kent State University, December, 1979.

Dr. Michael J. Nuwer, Assistant Director


Dr. Nuwer of the Economics and Employment Relations Department at SUNY Potsdam has a strong background in Economics, Labor Market Issues, and Applied Computer Applications. He currently teaches courses related to economics and labor relations.

Dr. Nuwer received his Bachelor?s Degree in Economics from San Jose State University, May, 1979; Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah, June, 1985.

Robert Shepherd, Field Coordinator


Mr. Shepherd specializes in the field of program development, evaluation, and disability and transition planning services. His responsibilities have included: Vocational Teacher for Students with Severe Disabilities, Transition Services Teacher and Department Chair. He has been a part of the Eastern Region Transition Coordination Site since its inception in 1992. He is a recognized innovator of Community Based Employment programs for people with disabilities. Mr. Shepherd was the leading force in bringing about the New York State Longitudinal Post School Indicators Survey Project and currently serves as the Statewide Coordinator.

Mr. Shepherd received his Bachelor?s Degree in Science from SUNY Oswego, May, 1987.


Deborah Hammond, Project Staff Assistant

Phone: (315) 267-3468

Sandra Morris, Administrative Staff Assistant

Phone: (315) 267-2731

Benjamin Yurgartis, Programmer/Analyst

Phone: (315) 267-3459