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Dana Scott Mills, Ph.D.

Dana Mills
Associate Dean of Strategic Planning and Research/Assistant Professor, Department of Education
Department of Education
(954) 262-7818
Office: DeSantis 4149A


  • Ph.D. - University of Rhode Island - Psychology
  • M.A. - University of Rhode Island - Psychology
Dana Scott Mills, Ph.D., is an Associate Dean and Assistant Professor at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice at Nova Southeastern University. Prior to his tenure at NSU, Dr. Mills completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse at the University of Miami.

Dr. Mills’ research interests and expertise lie in the areas of integrating evidence-based practice into work settings, educational policy, organizational change, advanced quantitative methods and program evaluation. Dr. Mills was a founding member of the South Florida Education Research Alliance, a collaborative research group representing faculty from Nova Southeastern University and partnering institutions, Barry University, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and research staff from Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).

In addition, Dr. Mills has done consulting work with non-profit and for-profit businesses in the use of advanced statistical models and business analytics to inform marketing decisions. Dr. Mills also served as an evaluation and program planning consultant to a variety of organizations including the Rhode Island Division of Substance Abuse, the New York City Outward Bound Program, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Dr. Mills has published and conducted National trainings in evaluation and program planning and importing research-based interventions into community practice settings. Dr. Mills’ doctoral degree is in psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

Areas of Research

  • quantitative research methodology
  • advanced statistical models
  • educational policy
  • adolescent psychopathology
  • adolescent substance abuse treatment
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