Kimberly Hambrick

Principal Research Associate


Kimberly Hambrick, PhD, is a Principal Research Associate with more than 30 years of experience in education primarily in the areas of capacity-building programs, program evaluation, and social science research. She currently serves as the Director of the Region 5 Comprehensive Center which serves Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia and provides high-quality, capacity-building services to address pressing education needs and common challenges.

Hambrick has worked with the Comprehensive Center Program, funded by ED since its creation in 2001. She provided evaluation services before moving into leadership roles where she worked directly with states and local school districts to provide capacity- building services. She successfully competed for this grant at three different organizations and is the only person associated with this work, in this region, throughout its 22-year existence.

She has extensive knowledge of program management at the federal, state, and local levels. She is also highly knowledgeable about evaluation and research designs, methods, analysis, and use and has directed the evaluation components for multiyear, multimillion dollar federal contracts.

Hambrick is a certified coach and trainer with an emphasis on leadership and human development, strategic planning, and enhanced collaboration and communication.


  • PhD, Capella University, Higher Education Administration (Minors in Measurement and Evaluation/Organization Change and Development)
  • MA, Marshall University, Research and Evaluation
  • BS, West Virginia University, Journalism (Minor in Public Relations and Business)

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