Psychometric Methods, Educational Statistics, and Research Methods (Psychometrics)
Faculty and Affiliates
Associate Professor Craig S. Wells
Dr. Wells is an Associate Professor in the Research and Evaluation Methods Program in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his Ph. D. and M. S. in psychometrics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his B. A. in psychology (honors) from Castleton State College. He is an active member of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Psychometric Society, and American Educational Research Association. Dr. Wells' research interests center on the development and application of quantitative methods in the behavioral sciences. His research has largely been motivated by measurement problems he experienced, both as an educational testing practitioner and in consultation with colleagues in other substantive areas. He is particularly interested in the area of item response theory, especially as related to differential item functioning, assessing model fit, and modeling item response functions nonparametrically, and more generally in the areas of nonparametric statistics and the theory of hypothesis testing. In addition, he is interested in the philosophy of science and its implications for the work of educational statisticians and psychometricians.
Dr Wells received tenure from UMass in 2010. Congratulations, Craig!