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  • Dr. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi

    Senior Research Associate

    University Center C, 4628

    (850) 644-4413

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  • Dr. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi is a Senior Research Associate at the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ramos served as the project director for the Assistance to Basic Education (ABE-IQC) with USAID and director of Juarez & Associates’ office in Washington, DC (2007-2009); Assistant Professor and Director of the International Training and Education Program at American University in Washington, DC (2002-2007); Visiting professor of International Education at the George Washington University (2000-2002); Adjunct faculty at the School for International Training in Vermont (1990) and at the University of Connecticut (leading a study abroad program to Cuba in 2002).

    Dr. Ramos received her B.F.A. from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an M.Ed. in International Education and an Ed.D. in Education Policy Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a Certified Art Education Teacher and Family and School Bilingual Mediator, fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

    Dr. Ramos’ research focuses on the development of participatory research methods, including visual sociology, life histories and biographical approaches in research. She is author of The FotoDialogo Method©, several training manuals, technical reports, book chapters and articles in refereed journals (International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education, Chalkboard, SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods Series, etc.). She is also author and illustrator of numerous children’s books published in Brazil—as Flavia Sales. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences including: Comparative International Education Society, American Anthropological Association, Southeast Evaluation Association, National Association for Multicultural Education, Society for International Development, and the Intercultural and International Communication Conference.

    Dr. Ramos is an International Education and Development professional with over twenty years’ experience in program management, non-formal education, materials and curriculum development, gender and development, program evaluation and assessment of education initiatives in multicultural, post-conflict and development settings. She has been a consultant for governmental (U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of Labor) and non-governmental organizations (UNICEF, American Council on Education, World Learning, Institute for Training and Development) implementing participant training programs in the United States and conducting research and training in Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has produced informational materials and training curricula targeting multicultural and multilingual populations, and conducted social marketing research for health and education (Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts Center for SIDS; The Johns Hopkins University, Center for Communication Programs; and the National Coalition of Advocates for Students). Most recently, she has been involved in assessment of early grade reading, development of curriculum and materials for teacher education programs and evaluation of gender and development in various countries.


    Research Grants & Contracts

    Dr. Ramos-Mattoussi is involved in the following projects at the Learning Systems Institute:

    • USAID Ethiopia

    Florida State University is a partner to the Research Triangle Institute implementing the “Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed Technical Assistance” (READ TA) Project (2012- 2017) in Ethiopia.

    Ramos-Mattoussi, P.I. with J. Milligan and Y. Suk-Kim

    • UNICEF-Pacific

    The Florida State University provided technical assistance to The United Nations Children’s Fund to develop “Early Grades Literacy Program for Tuvalu” (2013)

    Ramos-Mattoussi, P.I.

    • USAID-Indonesia

    Florida State University partnered with the Education Development Center implementing Indonesian Decentralized Basic Education Project, Component 2 (2006-2011)

    Milligan, P.I. with F. Ramos-Mattoussi


    Other Research Activities:

    • USAID Paraguay

    Ramos-Mattoussi, F. & Caballero, V. (July 2015). External Evaluation of the Women’s Leadership Program in Paraguay: Evaluation Report. [174 p.] Higher Education for Development (HED), American Council on Education (ACE). USAID/DEC, Washington, DC. http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PA00KNGF.pdf

    • USAID – Bureau for Africa

    Raupp, M & Ramos-Mattoussi, F. (May 31, 2012) Mid-term monitoring and evaluation of Alfalit’s literacy programs in Liberia, Mozambique, and Angola [140 p.] Special report. International Business and Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI) Sponsoring Organization(s): USAID. Bur. for Africa, Development Experience Clearinghouse, PD-ACT-624, http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PDACT624.pdf


    Courses Taught at Florida State University (Graduate Level)

    Dr. Ramos-Mattoussi has taught the following courses at the College of Education – Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Project Proposal Design; International Education & Development Careers; Non-formal Education; and Sociology of Non-Traditional Approaches and Innovation in Education and Development.