Tasha Beretvas

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Dr. Tasha Beretvas

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
John L. and Elizabeth G. Hill Centennial Professor

As Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Beretvas directs the college’s Office of Educational Research Support (OERS), which was created to support and enhance faculty and guide the mentorship of graduate students’ research. In her new role, Dr. Beretvas will be working with the OERS to:

  • cultivate interdisciplinary research opportunities within and across departments in the college and university community and
  • mentor faculty and graduate students in research strategies

Additionally, Dr. Beretvas will serve as the liaison with the academic departments and the UT Austin Graduate School in allocating Graduate School scholarships and fellowships each spring.

Dr. Beretvas is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Quantitative Methods program. She joined UT’s faculty in 2000. Dr. Beretvas served as the Quantitative Methods program chair for five years. She is a member of the board of directors for the college’s Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and is a faculty associate of UT’s Population Research Center. Dr. Beretvas also has served on UT’s Faculty Council and is a member of the university’s Gender Equity Council, co-=charing its Employment Issues Subcommittee.

At a national level, Dr. Beretvas has participated as the Program Chair/Co-Chair for AERA’s Division D Section 2 (Quantitative Methods and Statistical Theory), as well as for AERA’s Educational Statisticians’ and Hierarchical Linear Modeling special interest groups and for the National Council of Measurement in Education. Dr. Beretvas has served as an instructor for AERA’s Faculty Institute for the Teaching of Statistics with Large-Scale Data Sets, was a member of the Design and Analysis Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and was elected as a member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. Dr. Beretvas has extensive experience serving on federal grant review panels and is currently the co-principal investigator for a recently funded Institute of Education Sciences federal grant.

Dr. Beretvas has co-authored more than 80 articles and book chapters. As a methodologist, her main areas of interest focus on evaluation and innovative application of statistical models. Her most recent research has focused on extensions to the conventional multilevel model to handle student mobility (cross-classified and multiple-membership data) and other sources of data structure complexities. Dr. Beretvas also is very interested in investigating and innovating meta-analytic techniques used when conducting quantitative meta-analysis of single-case research designs’ results.

Dr. Beretvas teaches undergraduate and graduate statistics courses in the college and was a recipient of the 2009 UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Beretvas received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology from Duke University. She then worked at IBM before attending the University of Washington in Seattle where she earned a master's and a doctoral degree in 2000 from the educational psychology department specializing in measurement, statistics and research design.