Department of Educational Psychology
The Department of Educational Psychology offers both a doctoral (Ph.D.) and master’s (M.Ed.) specialization in Quantitative Methods.
The master’s specialization is designed to provide the knowledge and technical skills that can prepare one for several professional roles including social science researcher or statistical analyst for testing companies, academic institutions, state and federal agencies, or school districts.
In the Quantitative Methods Ph.D. specialization, students are prepared as professional educational researchers who understand and apply advanced quantitative research methods to address social problems and conduct sophisticated methodological research.
Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings, such as:
- colleges and universities
- professional testing organizations
- educational research and development agencies
- industrial psychology agencies
- governing agencies of higher education
- state departments of education
- research and program evaluation divisions of large school districts
Students are admitted to the program area, and while they are welcome to select individual faculty members for their application, they are not required to do so.
Interested in statistical models with a focus on deriving and evaluating multilevel model extensions and meta-analysis models for educational, behavioral, social and medical science data.
Interests include the development and dissemination of computerized adaptive testing applications in educational and psychological testing and patient-reported outcome measurements.
Research interests focus on using Bayesian statistical methods to employ hierarchical linear modeling, specifically working with longitudinal and mediation data.
Statistical methods related to psychometrics, such as uni- and multi-dimensional item response theory, response time modeling, cognitively diagnostic assessment, and stochastic test design.
Quantitative methods for causal inference, experimental/quasi-experimental design and analysis, causal mediation analysis, clustered and/or longitudinal data analysis.
My principal methodological research interest deals with the various facets of model specification, including, but not limited to, model comparison/selection and model modification methods. With the use of simulation techniques, I examine the perform...
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