Faculty and Affiliates
Assistant Professor Lisa A. Keller
Dr. Keller has expertise in multivariate statistics, Bayesian analysis, and psychometrics. She teaches courses in introductory and intermediate statistics, as well as advises graduate students on research projects. She also directs the Statistical Consulting Center, which provides statistical support for the students and faculty in the College of Education.
Dr. Keller has worked as a statistical consultant for the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, providing data analysis and technical reports, as well as designing and implementing research studies. She worked as the primary evaluation expert for a grant through the Noyce Foundation to evaluate the effectiveness of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act. Her duties included designing the evaluation plan, coordinating the data collection and writing the evaluation report. This work was then used for a grant proposal to extend the project through the National Science Foundation. Currently, she is directing a project to compare the content equivalence of two testing programs for the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. She has also completed research projects for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Educational Testing Service, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Massachusetts Department of Education and Harcourt Educational Measurement.
Dr. Keller's primary research interests focus on equating methodology and parameter estimation in Item Response Theory. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, the International Testing Commission, and the Association of American Medical College's Research in Medical Education conference. She has been invited to present her research at the joint meetings of The American Statistical Association, the International Biometric Society, The Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and The Statistical Society of Canada in 2003. She served as the Chair to the National Council on Measurement in Education's Graduate Student Issues Committee (2001-2002). Her work has been published in Academic Medicine, Applied Measurement in Education, The CLEAR Exam Review, Contemporary Psychology, Journal of Experimental Education, and School Psychology Review. She is an occasional reviewer for professional journals including Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics. In addition, she is the author or coauthor to numerous technical reports and software programs.