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Some of our Current Students

Ji An



I graduated from Nanjing University in China with a Bachelor's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Before joining EDMS in 2013, I received a MA in Teaching & Curriculum from Michigan State University, and had some classroom teaching experience in a public school in Michigan, where I became interested in educational measurement and evaluation.

Rosalyn Bryant



Before coming to UMD, I put both my B.S. and M.S. in mathematics to work teaching for close to 15 years in both secondary and higher education learning settings. I also co-wrote and directed grant projects focused primarily on course redesign and the evaluation of learning intervention effectiveness. I am currently interested in the way that IRT is reshaping assessment and evaluation, especially with its use in Computerized Classification Testing. As a mature student with a number of priorities to balance and with a prior career to expand upon, I've found EDMS course structures quite accommodating and the skills taught to be far reaching and applicable. There are great opportunities for professional growth here under the guidance of a truly brilliant faculty and in the company of many exceptional graduate students.

Alyson Burnett




Over the past six years, I have worked in education research, first as an employee at American Institutes for Research (AIR) and currently at Mathematica Policy Research. My primary research topics include educator quality, school and district improvement strategies, preschool and early childhood, after school programming, and college and career readiness. I began the EDMS program in 2012 as a master's student in order to improve my quantitative research skills.  As a current Ph.D. student, I hope to further advance my quantitative skills, develop a deep understanding of various methods, and learn how to assess them for use in education research. I am particularly interested in exploring research designs that can be used for causal inference when random assignment is not possible, such as regression discontinuity and propensity score matching.

Tiago Caliço



I received my bachelor's and Master's degrees in Portuguese Second Language Teaching from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2002 and 2009. After I graduated in 2002 I worked for the University of Lisbon as a Portuguese Second Language instructor and as a research assistant in Second Language Testing. I then decided to deepen my training in Assessment, Evaluation and Quantitative Methods. With the help of the Fulbright Program, I joined EDMS in 2010 and am looking forward to learning as much as I can about psychometrics and advanced statistical modeling.

Kristina Cassiday


I am a Program Manager at a Research Institute in the Assessment division. I received my M.A. degree in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and spent two years in Guizhou province, China as a University English teacher through the Peace Corps. Prior to my Master's degree, I received my B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in French Language and Literature. My interests include: language assessment, computer adaptive testing, and alternate assessments.
Yi Feng


I earned my Master's degree in Applied Psychology at New York University, after which I spent two years conducting empirical research on adolescents' socio-emotional development at Purdue
University. The experience of dealing with data and applying different analytic methods to answer various research questions has contributed to my growing interest in quantitative methodology. It led me to EDMS and now I am pursuing a Master's degree in this program.



Austin Fossey


I received my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Sociology from Boston University, and I earned my master’s degree here at EDMS in 2010. I loved my EDMS experience, so I have returned to earn my Ph.D. Since moving to DC, I have worked in program evaluation, credentialing, and education assessment. I currently work on the Analytics Team for a large assessment software company.

Kylie Goodell




I graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelors degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. I then worked as an industrial engineer for a few years before coming to the University of Maryland, College Park to study Higher Education. I received a MA in that field and currently work with an undergraduate honors program at Maryland. I began as an EDMS PhD student in Spring 2013.
Kari Hansen

I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. and a M.S. in Applied Statistics. I then worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a mathematical statistician working on economic data surveys. Currently, I am an instructor of statistics in the business department at Gallaudet University. I'm pursuing a Ph.D. in EDMS as I want to improve assessment techniques for deaf education, both nationally and internationally.
Ari Houser


Josh Kazman



I work for Uniformed Services University's Consortium for Health and Military Performance, and have contributed to projects related to general military health, exertional heat stroke, injury risk, and health disparities. I have an MS in psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore, and am currently pursuing an MA at EDMS.


Daniel Yangsup Lee



Previously, I was a high school math teacher in New York City under the Teaching Fellows program. Sometime around 2010, I took an interest in Statistics and Measurement, after learning of its importance in the field of education, and started a Master’s in Applied Statistics at Teachers College. After completion, I joined the EDMS program as a full time Ph.D. student where I am now learning and working under the guidance of top-notch professors. My current research interests are broad but revolve mainly around topics prevalent in this area, such as SEM, IRT, large-scale assessment, and missing data.


Chen Li




I graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies with my Bachelor's Degree in Interpreting and Translation Studies. In 2013, I received my Master's degree in TESOL from University of Maryland, College Park. My research and work experiences in standardized language testing led me to EDMS program. I joined EDMS program as a doctoral student in 2014.


Dandan Liao



I am from Xiamen, China. In 2013, I earned a bachelor's degree in statistics from Beijing Normal University. After four years' study, I am fluent in analyzing data and statistical modeling. I got a chance to know psychometrics when auditing a psychology class, and thus became interested in it. Having a strong mathematical background, now I am keen to conduct interdisciplinary research in psychometrics to solve problems related to psychology and education.

Manqian Liao



I earned my B.S. degree in Applied Psychology in Sun Yat-sen University, China. I am always fascinated about the quantitative aspect of psychology. I came across educational measurement in the junior year of my undergraduate study, and became interested in it while participating in a research project to develop large-scale educational assessments. Though I have taken some courses related to Psychometric Theory and Item Response Theory, I believe that this area is well worth delving into. Gladly, I joined the EDMS Program as a master’s student in the fall of 2015.


Huili Liu



I got my Bachelor's degree at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China as an English major student. Fresh out of college, I joined the family of EDMS at UMCP as a master's student. Together with so many extremely knowledgeable faculties and wonderful students, I started a new life!

Kaiwen Man


Before joining EDMS as a Ph.D. Student in 2014 Fall, I have earned double master's degrees in Statistics and Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and double Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Psychology from Lanzhou University. Now, I am interested in CAT, Item Response Time, and Cheating Behavior Detecting. I hope to make a great difference to these wonderful areas!


Xiulin Mao


I joined EDMS program after teaching at a Chinese university for more than 10 years. Coming back to school as a full time student was once a huge transition and challenge for me especially psychologically. Now I'm swimming in the ocean of knowledge with the help of fellow students and fantastic professors and looking forward to gaining as many achievements and experiences in this field as possible.


Monica Morell




I earned a Master’s degree in Research, Measurement, and Evaluation form the University of Miami in 2015 while working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami, FL. Through my work I became interested in the role of questionnaires and surveys in research, which led me to pursue a Ph.D. in the EDMS program in 2015.  My research interests include: Item Response Theory, Item Factor Analysis models, and the effects of measurement error on causal inferences.


Linet Ogoti




I was born in Kenya and spent most of my life in Nairobi. I received my B.A. in Economics with a minor in Applied Mathematics from Smith College in 2013. I currently work at the QED Group as a part-time Human Resources Assistant. Prior to QED, I was a Survey Staff specialist at Westat. I believe that an EDMS degree will enable me to make a significant contribution in the area of statistics and research. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy reading, listening to music, hiking, and meeting new people.


Jordan Prendez



Jordan Prendez is a third year Ph.D. student in EDMS and the 2016-2017 UPASS (the EDMS student group) president. He graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is interested in improving statistical models treatment of real world data, and in statistical computing.


Alison Preston



I received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA in 2009. I went on to complete a Master's in Education from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD in 2011. I was a high school special education and mathematics teacher in Loudoun County, VA for 3 years before deciding to pursue a Ph.D. My interests in quantitative research, standardized testing, and education led me to the EDMS program in fall 2014.


Xin Qiao


I was a Test Prep teacher helping Chinese students with TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and GMAT after I received my bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Nanjing University of Posts and Communications. It was from this working experience that I developed a strong interest in educational measurement. Then I earned a Master's degree in Statistics and Measurement from University of Pennsylvania. After that, I joined EDMS doctoral program with the aim to learn more in the field of psychometrics. My research interest now mainly lies in Computer Adaptive Testing and Item Response Theory.


Kathy Stepien




I graduated in 1989 from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Mathematics.  After serving 7 years in the Navy I joined Verizon's Network Engineering team.  I completed a Master's degree in Operations Research from George Washington University and a Master's degree in Computer Science from UMBC prior to starting the EDMS Ph.D. program.  Upon completion of my degree, I hope to continue my interest in education by transitioning to a career in Academics. 


Jie Sun




I received my Master's degree in Applied Statistics from Bowling Green State University in 2014. After graduation, I started work in the National and International Statistics program at American Institutes for Research. In the last two years, I have enjoyed my work in conducting educational research, enhanced quantitative skills and expanded research areas. And, my research interests include large scale assessment, higher education research, and quantitative methods.


Sophie Tullier




I received a bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Maryland in 2010.  I went on to complete a master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH in 2013.  I work full time in student affairs assessment am pursuing a master’s degree in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation to develop my understanding of more advanced analyses and assessment techniques.


Frances Turner




I am an Assistant Professor in Biology at Howard Community College.  I am very interested in finding relevant ways to measure learning and designing useful assessment to evaluate the courses I coordinate and teach.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a master’s degree in Molecular Science from Ryerson University. 


Anna Van Wie


I received my Masters degree in EDMS in 1998. I returned to complete my PhD in 2009. I work full time for UMUC assisting instructors with learning outcomes assessment. In addition to school and work, I have 4 little active boys to keep me very busy.

Weimeng Wang


I got my bachelor's degree in Arabic and literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2014 and received my master's degree in school counseling at University of Maryland in 2016. Now, I am a first year master's student in EDMS. Before I joined the program, I interned at local public schools as a school counselor. Meanwhile, I conducted educational research focused on bullying and bullying prevention with one of my professors.

Qiwen Zheng


I joined the EDMS doctoral program in 2013 after I earned my master's degree in statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I decided to go further in educational measurement after taking some related courses and volunteering in the Cognitive Development Lab in the Department of Psychology at UIUC. My previous research experiences were dimension detection of latent variables and non-parametric regression programming. I'm really excited to join this big EDMS family and I'm willing to devote myself to educational measurement, statistics, and evaluation during my doctoral study at the University of Maryland.

Xiaying James Zheng


I received my master's degree at EDMS in 2014. I am extremely impressed by the faculty's dedication to students' success in life and research. I am now continuing to earn my Ph.D. at EDMS. My research interest is in measurement. Previously I worked as a program manager in a cross-cultural training organization. I also have experience working in institutional research for University System of Maryland.


Yating Zheng


I graduated from Fudan University with a bachelor's degree in history. Motivated by an intense interest in psychometrics and quantitative methodology, I went to the Educational Psychology Quantitative Methods program at the University of Texas at Austin where I learned some psychometric and statistical models, developed data analysis skills and got a master's degree. To go further in this fascinating field, I joined the EDMS program as a doctoral student in 2015. My research interests include multilevel modeling, classification, and large-scale assessment in educational settings.


Jinwang Zou


I graduated from Nanjing University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Economics. Before joining EDMS in 2014, I received a master's degree in Economics of Education from Renmin University of China. I found that EDMS is a good match for my research interest and experience so I joined this wonderful program.

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