James Madison University

Alumni

Robin D. Anderson


Department Head, Graduate Psychology
Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology
James Madison University
ander2rd@jmu.edu

Graduated: 2001
Dissertation
: Stereotype Threat: The Effects of Gender Identification on Standardized Test
Performance

Susan K. Barnes


Assistant Professor
Dept. of Early, Elementary & Reading Education,
James Madison University
barnessk@jmu.edu

Graduated:  2010
Dissertation:  Using Computer-Based Testing with Young Children

Carol L. Barry


Assistant Research Scientist
The College Board
Newton PA
cabarry@collegeboard.org  

Graduated:  2010

Dissertation: Examining Change in Motivation Across the Course of a Low-Stakes Testing Session: An Application of Latent Growth Modeling

Katie Busby


Director of Institutional Assessment, Office of Academic Affairs
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
kbusby@tulane.edu

Graduated: 2005
Dissertation
:Validity Study of the Leadership Attitudes and Beliefs Scale III

Hilary Campbell


Assistant Professor, Psychology
Blue Ridge Community College
Harrisonburg, VA
campbellh@brcc.edu

Graduated: 2007
Dissertation
: Invariance of the Modified Achievement Goal Questionnaire Across College Students with and without Disabilities

Christopher M. Coleman


Manager:  Learning Outcomes Assessment
Babson College
Wellesley, MA

Graduated: 2013
Dissertation: Effects of Negative Keying and Wording in Attitude Measures: A Mixed-Methods Study

Jaime Cid


Associate Psychometrician, Research and Development/Statistical Analysis
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ
jcid@ets.org

Graduated: 2009
Dissertation
: Using explanatory item response models to examine the impact of linguistic features of a reading comprehension test on English language learners

Amanda Dainis


Research Scientist, SHL
Chantilly, VA
Measurement Consultant
amanda@dainisconsulting.com

Graduated: 2008
Dissertation
:Methods for Identifying Differential Item and Test Functioning: An Investigation of Type I Error Rates and Power

Susan L. Davis


Senior Psychometrician
Alpine Testing Solutions
susanlynndavis@gmail.com

Graduated: 2005
Dissertation
:Achievement Goal Orientation Across the College Career: A Latent Growth Analysis

Megan France


Director of Assessment, School of Education and Counseling Psychology
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA
mfrance@scu.edu

Graduated: 2011
Dissertation: Construct Validity Evidence for University Mattering:  Evaluating Factor Structure, Measurement Invariance, and Latent Mean Differences of Transfer and Native Students

Keston Fulcher


Associate Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies
Assistant Professor of Graduate Psychology
James Madison University
fulchekh@jmu.edu

Graduated: 2004
Dissertation
:Towards Measuring Lifelong Learning: The Curiosity Index

Makayla Grays


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The University of Auckland; School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice
Auckland, New Zealand

Graduated: 2013
Dissertation: Measuring Motivation for Coursework across the Academic Career: A Longitudinal Invariance Study 

Sara Lambert Gutierrez


Senior Research Scientist
SHL
Chantilly, VA
sgutierrez@previsor.com

Graduated: 2009
Dissertation
:Examining the Psychometric Properties of a Multimedia Innovative Item Format:  Comparison of Innovative and Non-Innovative Versions of a Situational Judgment Test

Emily R. Hoole


Group Director, Global Research and Evaluation
Greensboro, NC
hoolee@ccl.org

Graduated: 2005
Dissertation
: Integrating and Evaluating Mathematical Models of Assessing Structural Knowledge: Comparing Associative Network Methodologies

S. Jeanne Horst


Assistant Professor of Graduate Psychology
Associate Assessment Specialist.
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
horstsj@jmu.edu

Graduated:  2010
Dissertation:  A Mixture-Modeling Approach to Exploring Test-Taking Motivation in Large-Scale Low-Stakes Contexts

Jilliam N. Joe


Research Project Manager, Human Constructed-Response Scoring
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ
jjoe@ets.org

Graduated: 2008
Dissertation
:Using Verbal Reports to Explore Rater Perceptual Processes in scoring: An Application to Oral Communication Assessment

Andrew T. Jones


Psychometrician
American Board of Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
ajones@absurgery.org

Graduated: 2009
Dissertation
:Using the Right Tool for the Job: An Analysis of Item Selection Statistics for Criterion-Referenced Tests

Cassandra Jones


Senior Assessment Associate, Institutional Effectiveness
Marymount University
Arlington, VA
cassandra.jones@marymount.edu

Graduated:
2009
Dissertation
: Nonresponse bias in online course evaluations

Pamela K. Kaliski


Assistant Research Scientist
The College Board
Newtown, PA
pkaliski@collegeboard.org

Graduated: 2009
Dissertation
:An Empirical Demonstration of Direct and Indirect Mixture Modeling When Studying Personality Traits: A Methodological-Substantive Synergy

James R. Koepfler


Associate Research Scientist      
Pearson
Wilmington, NC
james.koepfler@pearson.com

Graduated: 2012
Dissertation: Examining the Bifactor IRT Model for Vertical Scaling in K-12 Assessment

Xiaojing "Jadie" Kong


Research Scientist
Pearson Educational Measurement
Austin, TX
jadie.kong@pearson.com

Graduated: 2007
Dissertation
:Using Response Time and the Effort-Moderated Model to Investigate the Effects of Rapid Guessing on Estimation of Item and Person Parameters

Abigail Lau


Director of Assessment
Emmanuel College
Boston, MA
laua@emmanuel.edu

Graduated: 2009
Dissertation
: Using a mixture IRT model to improve parameter estimates when some examinees are amotivated

Susan M. Lottridge


Technical Director of Machine Scoring
Pacific Metrics
Monterey, CA
slottridge@pacificmetrics.com

Graduated: 2006
Dissertation
:Comparing the Relative Measurement Efficiency of Dichotomous and Polytomous Models in Linear and Adaptive Testing Conditions

Ross E. Markle


Senior Research and Assessment Advisor
Higher Education Division
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ
rmarkle@ets.org

Graduated:  2010
Dissertation:  Examining the Bricks and Mortar of Socioeconomic Status: An Empirical Comparison of Measurement Methods

Kimberly “ Becca” Marsh


Assessment Specialist
Product Design and Development
Pearson Online Learning
Austin, TX

Graduated: 2013
Dissertation: The Effects of Item and Respondent Characteristics on Midpoint Response Option Endorsement: A Mixed-Methods Study

BJ Miller


Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, VA
bj.miller@emu.edu

Graduated: 2007
Dissertation
: Unfolding Analyses of the Academic Motivation Scale: A Different Approach to Evaluating Scale Validity and Self-Determination Theory

Christopher Orem


Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Dabney Lancaster Community College
Clifton Forge, VA
corem@dslcc.edu

Graduated: 2012
Dissertation:  Demonstrating Validity Evidence of Meta-Assessment Scores Using Generalizability Theory

Sue Pieper


Coordinator of Assessment, E-Learning Center
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
Sue.Pieper@nau.edu

Graduated: 2003
Dissertation
: Refining and Extending the 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Framework: Another Look at Work-Avoidance

Shelley Ragland


Research Scientist,
Psychometric & Research Services
Pearson
Tulsa, OK
Shelley.Ragland@pearson.com

Graduated:  2010
Dissertation: An Evaluation of a New Method of IRT Scaling

Barbara E. Rowan


Assessment & Accreditation Specialist, Product Design and Development
Pearson Online Learning
Macon, GA
barbara.rowan@pearson.com

Graduated:  2010
Dissertation:  Comparability of Paper-and-Pencil and Computer-Based Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Measures in a Low-Stakes Testing Environment

Javarro Russell


Senior Research and Assessment Advisor, College Programs
Global Education
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ
jrussell@ets.org

Graduated:  2011
Dissertation:  Development and Validation of the Preservice Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Items (PMKT):  A Mixed-Methods Approach

J. Carl Setzer


Senior Psychometrician
GED Testing Service, American Council on Education
Washington, DC
Carl.Setzer@GEDtestingservice.com

Graduated: 2008
Dissertation
: Parameter Recovery of the Explanatory Multidimensional Rasch Model

Kara Siegert


Director of University Analysis, Reporting, & Assessment
Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD
kosiegert@salisbury.edu

Graduated: 2005
Dissertation
: Cyberspace Versus Face-to-Face: The Influence of Learning Strategies, Self-Regulation, and Achievement Goal Orientation

Peter Swerdzewski


Fellow
Regents Research Fund
New York, NY
pswerdz@me.com

Graduated: 2008
Dissertation
: Should We Worry About the Way We Measure Worry Over Time? A Longitudinal Analysis of Student Worry During the First Two Years of College

Melinda Taylor


Psychometrician
Research Scientist
Pearson
Austin, TX
Melinda.Taylor@pearson.com

Graduated: 2009
Dissertation
: An Application of Generalizability Theory to Evaluate the Technical Quality of An Alternate Assessment

Amy Thelk


Director of Assessment & Evaluation
College of Education, James Madison University
thelkad@jmu.edu

Graduated: 2006
Dissertation
: Examinee Awareness of Performance Expectations and its Effects on Motivation and Test Scores

John Willse


Associate Professor of Educational Research Methodology
School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
jtwillse@uncg.edu

Graduated: 2002
Dissertation
: Controlling Computer Adaptive Testing's Capitalization on Chance Errors in Item Parameter Estimates

Anna Zilberberg


Educational Program Manager
Pearson Evaluation Systems
Hadley, MA

Graduated: 2013
Dissertation: Students' Attitudes toward Institutional Accountability Testing in Higher Education: Implications for the Validity of Test Scores