Suzanne Graham

Master in Public Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-2716
Office: Education, Morrill Hall Rm 202AB, Durham, NH 03824
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Suzanne Graham, Ed.D., is Master or Public Policy faculty and a Faculty Fellow of the Carsey School of Public Policy. She is an Associate Professor of Education and Director of Educational Studies in the Education Department. A major focus of her research is on the application of quantitative methods, such as individual growth modeling, survival analysis, and multilevel modeling, to research in education and the social sciences. Suzanne also conducts research on equity and access issues in mathematics education, and some of her work has focused on differences in access to advanced mathematics courses and mathematics achievement for students from rural, urban, and suburban schools.

Suzanne received her doctorate degree in human development and psychology, with a focus on quantitative research methods, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1997. She subsequently taught at Harvard for several years, teaching applied courses in regression analysis, covariance structure analysis, research design, and longitudinal data analysis. In 2004, Suzanne joined the Education Department at UNH, where she teaches courses in applied statistics and research design. In 2014, Suzanne received a university teaching excellence award, and she was chosen to be the Education Department Kimball Fellow in 2015. She has presented numerous workshops on longitudinal data analysis both nationally and internationally.


  • Ed.D., Psychology, Harvard University
  • Ed.D., Human Development&Family Study, Harvard University
  • Ed.M., Harvard University
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • MultilevelModeling and Mathematics Education
  • Quantitative methodology

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 978: Appl Regressn Analy Ed Resrch
  • EDUC 979: Applied Multilevel Modeling
  • EDUC 981: Quant Inq/Mthd &Tech Edc Rsrch
  • EDUC 999: Doctoral Research
  • PPOL 908: Quant Methods Policy Research

Selected Publications

Graham, S., Evans, C. M., Fornauf, B. S., & Erickson, J. D. (2019). Methodological challenges in estimating effects of educational interventions for students with disabilities. Teachers College Record.

Tucker, A. R., Combs, K. M., Bettmann, J. E., Chang, T. -H., Graham, S., Hoag, M., & Tatum, C. (2018). Longitudinal Outcomes for Youth Transported to Wilderness Therapy Programs. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(4), 438-451. doi:10.1177/1049731516647486

DeMitchell, T. A., Evans, C. M., & Graham, S. (2017). Guns, Grizzlies, and Fences: Security Responses In Our Schools. Education Law Reporter, 342(1), 1.

Graham, S., Willett, J. B., & Singer, J. D. (2015). Survival analysis. In J. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition.. Elsevier.

Willett, J. B., Graham, S., & Singer, J. D. (2012). Survival analysis. In I. B. Weiner, J. A. Schinka, & W. F. Velicer (Eds.), Handbook of Psychology: Volume 2, Research Methods in Psychology, Second Edition. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.

Graham, S., & Provost, L. E. (2012). Mathematics achievement gains of rural, urban, and suburban students between kindergarten and eighth grade.. (Iss. 52). Durham, NH: Carsey School of Public Policy.

Graham, S. E., & Kurlaender, M. (2011). Using Propensity Scores in Educational Research: General Principles and Practical Applications. The Journal of Educational Research, 104(5), 340-353. doi:10.1080/00220671.2010.486082

Graham, S. E. (2010). Using Propensity Scores to Reduce Selection Bias in Mathematics Education Research. JOURNAL FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION, 41(2), 147-168. Retrieved from

Bempechat, J., Graham, S. E., & Jimenez, N. V. (1999). The Socialization of Achievement in Poor and Minority Students. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 30(2), 139-158. doi:10.1177/0022022199030002001

Singer, J. D., Davidson, S. M., Graham, S., & Davidson, H. S. (1998). Physician Retention in Community and Migrant Health Centers. Medical Care, 36(8), 1198-1213. doi:10.1097/00005650-199808000-00008

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