CCEL Research Extension

The mission of the CCEL Research Extension (RE) is to meet the data and research needs of community partners and nonprofits in Ogden and Greater Northern Utah. The RE undertakes community research projects that are for any length of time, are faculty or staff led (with support from an undergraduate research assistant), and are paid. Projects can begin at any time after a contract between CCEL and the community partner has been signed. The RE can help community partners find possible funding sources if needed.

We Offer: 

Data Collection


Instrument Development


Data Analysis


Program Evaluation





Katharine French-Fuller, Ph.D.

Director of Research

Dr. Katharine French-Fuller joined the CCEL as director of research in May of 2018. Katharine received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the College of William and Mary, Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in History from Duke University. She has extensive experience utilizing a wide variety of qualitative research methodologies. A Fulbright Scholar, she has conducted research in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Washington, DC, and Ogden, UT. She has taught or served as a teaching assistant for courses at both UC Berkeley and Duke University.

Katharine has been at Weber State since December of 2013. She was first contracted as the researcher for the Underrepresented Student Retention Initiative, which was sponsored by the Vice President of Student Affairs. This gave Katharine the opportunity to work with a wide range of faculty and staff across campus and in the community to seek a comprehensive explanation and solution to low underrepresented student retention. Since March 2015, she has worked at the Office of Sponsored Projects, which has given her a wide exposure to and involvement in different research projects underway on campus, as well as the opportunity to continue developing her relationships with faculty, staff, and community members. Katharine continues her role as Senior Research Development Officer in the Office of Sponsored Projects in addition to her new role as director of research.

Yesenia Quintana, M.Ed.

Data and Community Research Coordinator

Yesenia earned her BS in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master's of Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She oversees the day-to-day management of research projects and supervises undergraduate research assistants.


How Can We Help?


The Research Extension is located on the garden level of the United Way building across the street from Ogden High School. 

2955 Harrison Blvd, Suite 100
Ogden, UT 84403