About The Presenters
Dr. Cinda Christian has more than 20 years of experience conducting and supervising program evaluations. She joined the Department of Research and Evaluation in November 2000, and currently directs the evaluation of multiple programs intended to have an impact on the integration of social services and arts within the education system, supplemental services for students at risk of dropping out of school, and school safety and climate. In July of 2013, Cinda was presented with the Research and Assessment Leadership Award from The Council of Great City Schools and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for work she conducted at AISD on the Student Aggregate Reporting tool. Cinda is a skilled public speaker who leads professional development sessions for staff and local service providers and has presented research findings at regional, national, and international conferences. She has been a preschool classroom teacher and a college-level course instructor. At the University of Texas (UT) at Austin and Southwestern University, she taught courses in child development, developmental psychology, and research methodology. Cinda is a published author of institutional reports, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California at San Diego, and a doctorate in human development and family sciences at UT Austin.
Dr. Brent Hasty leads the education research and analysis for the Trust. Dr. Hasty is the Executive Director of MINDPOP, a solutions-based organization ensuring every child benefits from creative learning. Brent is a former high school teacher and Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught Elementary Social Studies Methods in the teacher preparation program. His research has been presented internationally and published peer-reviewed journals including Action in Teacher Education and Arts and Learning Research Journal.
Travis James is Vice President of TXP, Inc., which is an economic analysis and public policy consulting firm founded in 1987. Travis brings over 20 years of experience in economic analysis, strategic planning, and policy development to the project. TXP has produced the research and analysis for the Trust’s economic initiatives since 2007.
Dr. Robin A. Ward is a Professor of Mathematics and the Director of Curriculum Integration for the Rice University School Mathematics Project. A former aerospace engineer, Dr. Ward is a two-time recipient of a Stanford-ASEE fellowship, developed educational materials for NASA, and received over $10,000,000 in educational grants. An advocate of arts integration, Dr. Ward has been published nationally and internationally on this topic, and is the author of five teacher resource books on using art and children’s literature in K-8 mathematics classrooms, and seven children’s counting books. Ward is a member of the Texas Cultural Trust’s Arts Education Task Force.
Todd Frazier is Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) and Founder of American Festival for the Arts and Houston Arts Partners. His work in the non-profit sector focuses on the arts as a unique and dynamic common denominator in strategic collaboration and innovation. He has spent 20+ years forging and supporting research, education and accessibility collaborations between K-12, university, hospital, and arts and culture communities throughout the nation. For CPAM, he directs specialized artists health care; integration of the arts into the hospital environment; therapy that utilizes the arts in clinical patient care; and research that seeks to harness the broadest potential of the arts in therapy, rehabilitation and human performance.