As a highly-relatable moderator and ethnographer with great intuition, Barb has the natural ability to connect no matter what the topic. From talking to tweens about charitable giving to riding roller coasters with kids at their favorite amusement parks to spending time exploring how different showerheads can transform a bathroom to a spa like oasis, Barbara makes it her business to get in the field and study consumers where the answers lie.

Barbara has led countless youth-focused qualitative research projects over the past fifteen years and has considerable insights into kids and tweens and their needs. From in-home ethnographies, to new product play parties, Barbara has implemented creative and unique research tools that help kids feel at ease and eager to share their thoughts for clients like Unilever, Girl Scouts, Cartoon Network, Dick’s Sporting Goods and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a result, she has great insight into the lives, lifestyles and preferences of contemporary youth and family.

Barbara is a Riva-certified moderator with intensive training in the theory and practice of special tools and techniques of qualitative research. She has logged more than four thousand hours of in-person research. Her certification in Advanced Moderator Techniques has given her the tools needed to connect with respondents of all ages about everything from fashion dolls and video games to fast food and frozen vegetables. There is no one more willing than Barb to do whatever it takes to get rich insights. Research participants love her, and so do Smarty Pants clients.

A graduate of Boston University with a BA in Psychology, Barbara began her research career as a recruiter and consultant at a qualitative research firm in Stamford, CT. There she became a master of finding and screening quality research respondents and ensuring fieldwork is successful for clients and participants.

Barbara is based in sunny Myrtle Beach, SC. She is the proud mother of a 20-year-old son who is in his Sophomore year at Wake Forest University.

Fun Facts

  • Proudly earned the title of “loudest fan” on her son’s travel baseball team
  • Is addicted to Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja on her iPad
  • Loves to bust a move with Just Dance 3 (though her dance skill are up for debate)
  • Is a certified Skydiver
  • Boston Red Sox fan-atic!
  • Has read the Twilight series twice (and is on team Jacob)
  • Has a secret crush on Gordon Ramsay and wants to audition for Master Chef some day