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June Gothberg

Senior Evaluation/Data Associate
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability


June Gothberg, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate for Data at the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI). June currently serves on three projects: (a) lead evaluator for the New York SPDG grant, (b) a technical assistance provider for the New York TAP for Data, and (c) an external evaluator for the National Science Foundations INCLUDES grant TAPDINTO-STEM.

June has spent a lifetime researching and advocating for inclusive communities, work environments, and school settings.

Teaching Statement

It is my belief that all people have the ability to learn and grow when they have the support needed to succeed. Education should establish a foundation for learning by enabling students to develop their abilities, talents, and interests. Although I am not currently teaching, I taught K-12 and graduate research methods courses. My classroom is a place that fosters diversity, responsibility, accountability, caring, and respect. It is my belief that I serve as one of the important links to each student’s future. The most important goal for me as an educator is to help students learn, grow, and make positive contributions in school, home, community, and world.

Research Statement

Through my research, I seek to improve the lives of marginalized and underrepresented populations. My research agenda is deeply influenced by my professional and personal experiences with people with disabilities, foster care youth and other marginalized persons. As a strong advocate of mixed-methods research, I seek to go beyond the quantitative versus qualitative dichotomy, to identify what is, why it is, how it is experienced, and ultimately provide the knowledge that has the power to create change and improve lives.

Funded research

Over the past two decades, I have been the principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (co-PI) on research totally over 20 million dollars in funding.

Pro-bono research
I believe in giving back and have used my research to provide pro-bono support to people in need. To that end, in 2012, I helped found the American Statistical Association’s Statistics without Borders. We provide pro-bono statistical and data science support to improve decision-making and knowledge in efforts that promote welfare through the proper application of statistical principles and best practices, where access to such resources is limited.

Future research
As a researcher in an institution of higher education, I am placed in a position of power. I feel it is my charge to partner with those whom we aim to research. As often is said in the world of disability, nothing about us without us. This is the lens I plan to utilize in the areas most needed for persons with disabilities, court-involved youth, and other marginalized populations. I seek to collaborate with other researchers and partner with people in the field to implement a research-to-practice pipeline that serves those on the fringes of society.

Service Statement

My service can be divided into three categories, service to the university, service to the profession, and service to my community. In each of these areas, I have a long history of serving the greater good.

Service to the university
I accepted employment at Cornell in 2021, and have used these first months to learn the policies, procedures, and expectations here. I look forward to advancing the work of the Yang-Tan Institute and School of Industry and Labor Relations in the near future.

Service to the profession
Over the last year, I have continued my service to the profession as the Chair of the Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations for the American Evaluation Association. Additionally, I participate in the peer-review process for multiple professional conferences and journals.

Service to my community
I am currently serving in a local, national, and international capacity. I serve on boards, and recently I have been working with the United Nations to update their policies for programs and evaluations to be more universally designed and inclusive of people with disabilities.

Outreach Statement

My extension and outreach efforts complement my areas of research interest and co-exist with community service efforts.


Journal Articles


  • Paula D Kohler, June Gothberg, CH Fowler, Jennifer Coyle. 2016. Taxonomy for Transition Programming 2.0. in A Model for Planning, Organizing, and Evaluating Transition Education, Services, and Programs. Kalamazoo, MI, USA: Western Michigan University, 2016. (1-12)

Book Chapters

  • Angela MT Prince, Antonio J Plotner, June Gothberg. 2019. Current Special Education Legal Trends for Transition-Age Youth. in Current Special Education Legal Trends for Transition-Age Youth. United States: Corwin, 2019. David Bateman & Mitchell Yell. (72-92)
  • Paula D Kohler, June Gothberg, Jennifer Coyle. 2018. The Taxonomy for Transition Programming 2.0 as Applied to Youth in the Juvenile Justice System. in Incarcerated Youth Transitioning Back to the Community. Singapore: Springer, Singapore, 2018. Springer Link. (23--34)
  • Paula D Kohler, June Gothberg, Jennifer L Coyle. 2017. Using the Taxonomy for Transition Programming 2.0 to Guide Transition Education. Brill Sense, 2017. Antonio Ellis. (169--182)
  • June Gothberg, Sondra Stegenga, Debbie Cate. 2017. Rethinking the Paradigm: Comprehensive Transition from Birth to Adulthood. in Transitioning Children with Disabilities. United States: Brill Sense, 2017. Antonio Ellis. (129--144)

Conference Proceedings

  • June Gothberg, Paula D Kohler, Jennifer L Coyle, H Fowler. 2017. Extending Research to Practice: Using the Evidence to Improve Adult Outcomes for Students with Disabilities. United States: AERA Online Paper Repository, 2017. AERA.

Professional Activities

  • Breaking the Cycle: Using Evidenced-Based Tools in Planning Interventions and Evaluations. Presented to American Evaluation Association. New Orleans. 2022.
  • (Re)shaping the Use of Inclusive Evaluation for People with Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations. Presented to American Evaluation Association. virtual. 2022.
  • Promoting Equity and Voice in Complex Evaluations with Traditionally Underrepresented Populations: Inclusive Evaluation Practices of the Collective Impact of Postsecondary Programs for Students with Disabilities. Presented to American Evaluation Association. virtual. 2022.
  • How to Gain Employment after Graduation. Presented to AERA. San Diego, CA. 2022.
  • Inclusive Evaluation by Design. Presented to CDC. virtual. 2022.
  • Inclusive Evaluation by Design. Presented to American Evaluation Association . virtual. 2021.
  • Evaluation made Easy. Presented to University of Central Florida. Virtual. 2021.
  • Keynote Address. Presented to Michigan Transition Services Association . Traverse City, MI. 2021.
  • Technical Soundness of Team Plans. Presented to University of Central Florida. virtual. 2021.
  • Self-determination. Presented to EUP Schools. Virtual. 2021.
  • Universal Design for Evaluating Marginalized Populations and People with Disabilities. Presented to United Nations. Virtual. 2020.
  • Shining the Light on Equity and Inclusion with Underrepresented Populations. Presented to American Evaluation Association. Virtual. 2020.

Honors and Awards

  • MTSA Recognition Award, Michigan Transition Services Association . 2021