Interim Director, Caster Family Center for Nonprofit & Philanthropic Research, University of San Diego
Mary Jo Schumann, Ph.D. is the Interim Director for the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research (Caster Center) at the University of San Diego, which is the external program evaluator for PsychArmor. In her role at the Caster Center, Dr. Schumann provides research, evaluation, and consulting services that build the leadership and strategic- and evaluative-thinking capacity of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. She oversees the work of doctoral students and affiliated faculty, and she is a consultative partner who is particularly committed to designing research that is both rigorous and directly applicable to client organizations and the stakeholders and communities they serve.
Dr. Schumann earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University. She has over 20 years in experience in qualitative and quantitative research for organizations across all sectors, and has held positions of Vice President of Research, Director of Market Research and Business Development, Study Director, Instructor, and Consultant.
As a civilian, Dr. Schumann has forged relationships in the military community while she directed various needs assessments and program evaluations for nonprofit organizations that focus on military life, transition, community reintegration, and the overall well-being of service members, veterans, and their families. In 2012-2014, she directed a large-scale needs assessment and asset mapping study focused on children of seriously wounded service members, which was commissioned by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and has received national attention.