Who We Are

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Get to know Dr. Kristen and Dr. Erin a bit better!

Abbey research educates and empowers inclusive communities.

The most important resource of your organization is its people. Bottom line. However, people are also hard to figure out. We know this, we've been studying them for over 20 years. 

Abbey Research offers a range of services to help you learn about your people and solve your immediate problems. From White Papers to Mini-Courses - give us anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours and we know we can make a difference. We also deliver online and in person training sessions in set packages with flexible pricing. 

We are driven by need to ask critical questions and provide relevant answers on the key issues of gender, diversity, generations, and boundary setting. Whether in person or online, our educational tools are designed to help you learn empathy in order to build a more inclusive community. 

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Abbey Research was founded by Dr. Kristen Nielsen Donnelly in 2015. A social science researcher with over two decades of experience, Dr. Donnelly is also a trained social worker with experience working in non-profits and faith communities.


After completing her PhD, Dr. Donnelly realized that her passion for serving organizations and her skills as a researcher complemented each other perfectly and Abbey Research was born.


In 2017, Dr. Erin Hinson moved from part-time consultant to full-time team member. While they are the primary speakers and teachers, both have skilled and vast networks of advisors and colleagues who help ensure that Abbey Research’s clients are getting a world-class experience with a personalized touch.

The Good Doctors met in 2011, when they were both studying at Queen’s University Belfast. Proving that Gryffindors and Ravenclaws make the best friends, the two quickly bonded over their shared love of musicals, travel, family, and learning.


They are frequent contributors to print media, academic publications, conferences, and meetings. For a summary of recent activity and a schedule of upcoming events, please click here.


Abbey Research is a proud member of Abbey Companies, a family-owned network of businesses serving a variety of industries worldwide, seeking to increase capacity and promote excellence wherever they are.

We educate and empower inclusive communities

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