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Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ed.D.

Senior Research Associate and Associate Director, Center for International Studies in Educational Research & Development

Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ed.D, is a Senior Research Associate leading several of LSI’s efforts in international education and development. Prior to joining the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University in 2009, she served as director of the Assistance to Basic Education (USAID ABE-IQC) at Juarez & Associates in Washington (2007-2009); Assistant Professor and Director of the International Training and Education Program at American University (2002-2007); Visiting professor of International Education at the George Washington University (2000-2002); Adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut (leading a study abroad program to Cuba in 2002) and at the School for International Training in Vermont (1990).

Ramos-Mattoussi is an International Education and Development professional with more than 25 years’ experience in program management, training of trainers, nonformal 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 government agencies (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 numerous 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 the development of early grade reading and evaluation of literacy programs in Africa and Asia; as well as evaluation of higher education partnerships in Latin America. Her 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. She is also a playwright, author and illustrator of numerous children’s books published in Brazil—as Flavia Sales. In the field, she worked on development education programs in Angola, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Liberia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Somalia, and Tuvalu; and managed projects in Egypt, Kosovo and Mali.

Ramos-Mattoussi holds both master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Center for International Education, and a B.F.A. from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, School of Fine Arts. She’s fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.


Faculty Profile


Ed.D. in Education Policy Research and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.Ed. in International Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.F.A. and teaching license in Art Education, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro


  • Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed Technical Assistance (READ TA) (2012-2017) Contract # - 2-330-0213559. $2.4 million United States Agency for International Development (USAID-Ethiopia) RTI International. Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Principal Investigator (with J. Milligan)
  • UNICEF-Pacific Technical Support In Designing An Early Grade Literacy Program For Tuvalu, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF-Pacific), Contract # 43142634, $35,000, Principal Investigator


  • Barnes, A., Zuilkowski, S. S., Mekonnen, D., & Ramos-Mattoussi, F. (2018). Improving teacher training in Ethiopia: Shifting the content and approach of pre-service teacher. Teaching and Teacher Education, 70(Feb 2018), 1–11.

  • 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.

  • Ramos-Mattoussi, F.; Fesmire, M., and Amorim, E. (April 2014). Design of Three Year Early Grades Literacy Program for Tuvalu, Final Report. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF-Pacific), Suva, Fiji.

  • Ramos-Mattoussi, F. & Milligan, J. (2013). Building Research and Teaching Capacity in Indonesia through International Collaboration. A Briefing Paper from IIE’s Center for International Partnerships. Copyright © 2013 Institute of International Education, Inc.

  • Ramos, F. (2007). “Imaginary pictures, real life stories: The FotoDialogo method,” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20 (2) March-April 2007, pp. 191-224.

  • Ramos, F. (2006). Helping Adult Learners Tell Their Stories Using Photo-Literature: The FotoDialogo Method. Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education, 8(1).