Partnering with Experts

In addition to our in-house expertise, we also work with various partners on a project by project basis.  These individuals have expertise in database development, statistical analysis, and cost effectiveness analysis.

Karen Shastri, Ph.D., C.P.A., has been actively involved in research and evaluations related to internal management accounting practices. She has studied and analyzed costs as they relate to effectiveness and efficiencies in the criminal justice and human services fields. She has examined these aspects with respect to programs provided by behavioral health organizations for school age children, recovery support services, services training for officers and prosecutors (STOP), electronic fingerprinting and photo imaging, arraignments through video conferencing, and programs that instruct in the area of community oriented policing, an effort to integrate the police into the community, among others.

She also continues to evaluate the financial condition of firms and health care entities as a result of economic and firm-specific events.

Dr. Shastri serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management and has been on the Editorial Board for Research in Healthcare Financial Management, and an ad hoc reviewer for accounting related journals and conferences.

Her research areas, teaching interests and other professionally related activities are correlated since all of these factors focus on an entity’s effectiveness, efficiencies, and costs of activities.

Mary A. Hansen, Ph. D., is an associate professor in the School of Education and Social Sciences at Robert Morris University.  Her research focus is on educational measurement and assessment, including design and technical issues related to large-scale test development and classroom assessment practices.  She serves as a research consultant on various projects, currently including the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) grant.  She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in curriculum design, quantitative research methods, assessment, program evaluation and statistical analyses. Dr. Hansen earned an M.A. (1997) in statistics, and M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees in Research Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Cynthia D. Zubritsky, Ph.D. is the Director of Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Initiatives for the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. Dr. Zubritsky has extensive experience in management and organizational issues in behavioral healthcare systems, including integrated systems design, outcome measurement, quality assurance measurement, process evaluation and the design and implementation of services for integrated care and of cultural competency initiatives for behavioral health systems. She is the founder and Director of the Delaware Evaluation and Research Institute (DERI), a state-based academic-liaison partnership with the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH).  She has been supported by private foundations such as Pew to develop intervention studies for vulnerable populations programs and has served as the primary investigator of NIH and SAMHSA sponsored research, including a national multi-site study investigating the effectiveness of integrated primary care and behavioral health service delivery models for adults. Dr. Zubritsky has developed national system standards, provider guidelines and clinical competencies for public sector behavioral healthcare programs for four treatment populations, including children and adolescents and five ethnic groups.  She has served as a national expert in co-occurring services for the Rand Corporation and is a senior fellow at the Penn-MARCH Institute, the Leonard Davis Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging.

Dana Del Bianco, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, is President of DCDB, Inc.  She specializes in Microsoft® Access in database development, management and implementation. She has expertise in working with non-profit entities, retailers, and service providers.  Her professional affiliations include President of the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association – Pittsburgh Chapter and a member of Women, Business Connect.

Partnering with Organizations

Since 2001, HPW Associates has been fortunate to team with various organizations in order to enhance our ability to produce truly superior evaluation products. Below are just a few examples of the organizations we have worked alongside.


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