John V. Spears, Ph.D.

Senior Human Services Consultant


Contact Information

Regional Economic Studies Institute


Dr. Spears specializes in sophisticated data analysis in business and government, with experience in research, policy analysis, and data management. Currently, he provides support for the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Early Childhood Development. There he handles the analysis of the impact of CCDF policy changes; expense forecasting for the Child Care Subsidy Branch; and the impact of the criminal background check requirement on Informal Child Care Providers.

Prior to joining RESI in 1996, Dr. Spears worked for ten years in banking, marketing research, business development, and product development capacities, and another six years in computer sales and consulting to the printing and graphics industries.


Dr. Spears holds a Ph.D. in European social and economic history from The Johns Hopkins University, a M.A.T. from Northwestern University, and a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from The Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Spears enjoys reading, community theatre, tennis, and working on his and his wife’s old farmhouse.

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