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Chair > Welcome to the programs in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative methodology. We offer some of the nation's premiere graduate training in psychometric and statistical methods. Through our Ph.D, M.A., and Certificate programs, EDMS students become trained in modern analytical methods to prepare them for careers in academia and applied research. Our faculty are engaged in world-class research at the frontiers of our field, creating opportunities for our students to be mentored in all phases of the research process. I am honored to serve a department with such remarkable faculty, students, and alumni, and I encourage you learn more about what makes us so special.                                               -- Gregory R. Hancock

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> Yoonjeong Kang will be defending her dissertation, Sensitivity Analysis of Structural Parameters to Measurement Noninvariance: A Bayesian Approach, on Monday, December 4th at 9:30am in 0305 Benjamin.

Some Recent Publications by EDMS Faculty and Students
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> Chen, J., Choi, J., Weiss, B. A., & Stapleton, L. (2014). An empirical evaluation of mediation effect analysis with manifest and latent variables using Markov chain Monte Carlo and alternative estimation methods. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal,21, 253-262. doi: 10.1080/10705511.2014.882688

> Chen, Y.-F.. & Jiao, H. (2014). Exploring the utility of background and cognitive variables in explaining latent differential item functioning: An example of the PISA 2009 reading assessment. Educational Assessment, 19, 77-96.

> Harring, J. R. (2014). A spline model for latent variables. Educational and Psychological Measurement. DOI: 10.1177/0013164413504295.

> Jiao, H., & Zhang, Y. (2014). A polytomous multilevel testlet model for testlet-based assessments with complex sampling designs. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/bmsp.12035

> Kohli, N., Harring, J. R., & Hancock, G. R. (in press). Piecewise linear-linear latent growth mixture models with unknown knots. Educational and Psychological Measurement.

> Lissitz, R. W., & Jiao, H. (Editors, 2014) Value added modeling and growth modeling with particular application to teacher and school effectiveness. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

> Liu, M., & Hancock, G. R. (in press). Unrestricted mixture models for class identification in growth mixture modeling. Educational and Psychological Measurement. DOI: 10.1177/0013164413519798

> Mao, X., Harring, J. R., & Hancock, G. R. (2014). A note on the specification of error structures in latent interaction models. Educational and Psychological Measurement. DOI: 10.1177/0013164414537491.

> McNeish, D. M., & Stapleton, L.M. (in press). The effect of small sample size on two level model estimates: A review and illustration. Educational Psychology Review

> McNeish, D. M. (2014). Modeling sparsely clustered data: Design-based, model-based, and single-level methods. Psychological Methods. DOI: 10.1037/met0000024

> Patton, J. M., & Cheng, Y. (2014). Effects of item calibration error on applications of item response theory. In Y. Cheng & H.-H. Chang (Eds.), Advancing methodologies to support both summative and formative assessments. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

> Sweet, T. M., Thomas, A. C., & Junker, B. W. (2014). Hierarchical mixed membership stochastic block models for multiple networks and experimental interventions. In E. Airoldi, D. Blei, E. Erosheva, & S. Fienberg (Eds.), Handbook on mixed membership models and their applications. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall/CRC.

> Yang, J. S., & Cai, L. (in press). Estimation of contextual effects through nonlinear multilevel latent variable modeling with a Metropolis-Hastings Robbins-Monro algorithm. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.

> Yuan, K.-H., Cheng, Y., & Patton, J. M. (2014). Information matrices and standard errors for MLEs of item parameters in IRT. Psychometrika, 79, 232-254.

 

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> Congratulations to Xiaying (James) Zheng, who was selected as one of the eight international teaching fellows on campus this year.

> Congratulations to Bob Lissitz on his appointment by the Governor to the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, Implementation Review Workgroup.
 
> Congratulations to Dan McNeish for receiving a Graduate School All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship Award.

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