Office of Student Life

Center for the Study of Student Life

SCFW Research Team

Anne McDaniel, PhD
Anne McDaniel is the Executive Director in the Center for the Study of Student Life. Anne joined the Center for the Study of Student Life in 2013 as the Associate Director for Research and Data Management. She earned a PhD in Sociology at The Ohio State University and was a postdoctoral scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. Prior to joining CSSL, Dr. McDaniel was an Assistant Professor of Education and Sociology (by courtesy) at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. McDaniel’s research interests include gender and racial inequalities in higher education, especially as they relate to student experiences and persistence. Her research has appeared in over 20 peer-reviewed journals and books, including recent publications in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of College Student Health and Sociology Compass

Catherine P. Montalto, PhD
Catherine Montalto is an associate professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences and Director of First Year Experience. She received her PhD from Cornell University and her master's and bachelor's degrees from The Ohio State University. Montalto joined the faculty in 1992 and became Director of First Year Experience in 2018. She teaches courses that apply marketing research and data analysis to examine consumers and factors which impact decisions around the allocation of time and money. Montalto is involved with several university initiatives around student financial wellness and is a member of the Student Financial Wellness Task Force and Student Life Wellness Collaborative. 

Erica Phillips, PhD
Erica Phillips is an Associate Director in the Center for the Study of Student Life. She conducts and coordinates multi-institutional research projects, The Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness and the College Prescription Drug Study. She also works on assessments with Student Life departments. Erica has an MA and PhD in Sociology from Ohio State. Erica's research interests include higher education, student finances and inequality. She has recently published her research in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal of Family and Economic Issues. 

Tori Rehr, Study Coordinator
Tori Rehr is a Research Analyst in the Center for the Study of Student Life. She leads assessment for several units in Student Life and coordinates the Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness. Tori has a BS in Psychology from Juniata College and received a MEd in Higher Education from Ohio University. Tori’s research interests include economic disparities in higher education and college student mental health.