Laverne Carter

Research, Evaluation & Social Solutions, Inc.

Laverne Morrow Carter was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois and is the oldest of eight children, raised by a single mother. She currently resides and maintains a corporate office in the Northern Neck–Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia with her husband, Lawrence. She is a community health researcher, social entrepreneur, leader and teacher dedicated to a broad range of activities from developing, evaluating and disseminating health and wealth promotion intervention, to independent consultations on program planning and evaluations. Dr. Carter is the Founder, President and Chief Project Director of Research and Evaluation Solutions, Inc. (REESSI), a premier private research firm that is based in Virginia, serving both government and non-government agencies in multiple states. REESSI’s mission is to facilitate the creation and assessment of strategies and interventions that increase wealth, health, and life expectancy in under-resourced communities around the world. She has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health for her tenacity, as a minority and female from a socially and economically disadvantaged background, in securing and managing multiple grant awards under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Here firm is a member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Advancing Collaborative Evaluation (ACE) Network.

In 1976, Dr. Carter received a Bachelor of Science degree with dual a major in Psychology and Communications from Illinois State University. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Arts degree in Education (Counseling) in 1977. She received a Master of Public Health degree with a comprehensive concentration in Health Education and Behaviors in 2001 from St. Louis University. Dr. Carter completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Policy Analysis and Administration with a concentration in Health Policy Evaluation and Research at St. Louis University in 2005. Her greatest passion for this season of her career is training, mentoring, and empowering youth and young adults to create, implement, and rigorously assess strategies and interventions that increase wealth, health, and life expectancy in under-resourced communities.

My Sessions

Lessons Learned from Successful Companies: Navigating Application and Commercialization

Coronado Room

During this session you will hear from a panel of individuals who have received NIH SBIR and/or STTR awards and are navigating the commercialization process. Take advantage of the tips shared by these panelists about their up-and-down experiences transitioning technologies from the laboratory to the market.