Dr. Lefly is currently the Director of Institutional Research at the Colorado Community College System. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and Quantitative Research Methods from the University of Denver and an MA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Colorado. Her professional experience provides a unique combination of four distinct areas of expertise:
- Classroom education from a teacher’s perspective
- The socio-emotional development of preschool children
- Processes underlying reading skill in normally and abnormally developing readers
- Statistical analysis in research relating to education, cognitive development, and large scale assessment
Prior to joining the Community College System in 2016, Dr. Lefly was Dean of Research and Dean of Education at the University of the Rockies. She was Director of Research and Evaluation at the Colorado Department of Education from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that, she was a researcher/psychometrician at CDE from 2003 until 2008. From 1998 to 2003 she was the Research Manager for the Denver Public Schools. Prior to 1998, she was at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center engaged in research on the genetics and neurology of learning disorders.