UMassAmherst: Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)
Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)

Current Students

Ella Gift Banda received her Bachelor's in Biology and Mathematics from the University of Malawi, and a Master's in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from UMass Amherst. Prior to joining REMP as a doctoral student in Fall 2015, she worked at the Malawi National Examinations Board as a Research and Test Development Officer, where she was involved in developing and administering primary and secondary school national examinations. Her current research interests include validity, score reporting, test adaptation and computer adaptive testing.

Michelle Boyer earned a B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University and an M.A. in Management with a Public Administration concentration from Bowie State University. Michelle has served as a cryptologist in the United States Navy, a lecturer at the University of Maryland, European Division, and has held positions as a Research Associate, Statistical Analyst, and Manager for R&D Innovations at McGraw-Hill Education CTB. In her 15 years with CTB, Michelle conducted various psychometric analyses and research studies including, 1) standard setting, 2) classical item analyses, 3) differential item functioning, 4) scaling, 5) linking and equating, 6) rater agreement, 7) validity, and 8) mode and language comparability. As Manager for Research and Development, Michelle was responsible for the design of new solutions, sponsored research programs, and the development and execution of the research agenda. Michelle currently works as a research scientist for DRC, leading psychometric analyses for multiple state programs.

Fen Fan received her B.A. in English from Jiangxi Normal University, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Shanghai University, and an M.A. in TESOL/Bilingualism from St. Cloud State University. Before joining REMP, she worked for several years as a Chinese immersion teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School. While there, Fen developed an interest in classroom assessment and joined the Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics program in the fall of 2011. While at UMass, Fen has participated in a variety of projects including, but not limited to, data calibrations, distractor analyses, DIF, test equating, subtest scoring, and multi-stage testing. Her present research interests include scaling, equating, reliability, MIRT, and applied psychometrics.

Alejandra Amador Garcia earned her B.S. degree in Psychology (Cum Laude) in 2004, followed by an M.S. degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2006. She worked in the IT certification industry for seven years developing certifications, facilitating job analysis and standard setting workshops, and conducting psychometric analyses based on classical test theory statistics. She joined the REMP program in the fall of 2013 where she has had the opportunity to increase her knowledge of psychometric analyses/statistical methods, and to work on varied projects with school districts such as Springfield Schools, assessment companies such as ETS, and international organizations such as IRC (international rescue committee). While attending UMass, she has continued to facilitate item development and standard setting workshops as an independent contractor. Her psychometric interests lie in the area of validity, converging on using the appropriate statistical analyses to generate accurate results, appropriate interpretation, and clear communication of results to non-psychometric audiences.

Hyun-Joo Jung joined REMP in the Fall of 2015 after earning her master's degree in the Quantitative Psychology program from Sungkyunkwan University in 2014. During her master's program, she analyzed empirical and simulation data using various statistical methods such as structural equation modeling, multi-level analysis, invariance testing between multiple groups etc. In addition, she served as a graduate teaching assistant for both undergraduate and graduate statistics courses in the department of psychology at the university, and trained students to analyze data using statistical software including SAS, MPlus and SPSS etc. After her master's, Hyun-Joo worked for a university as an admissions officer for two years, where she served as a member of a task force team for developing scales and norms for measuring the competency of students in the university. She also analyzed survey data and admission data using statistical methods including SEM, IRT and multiple group analysis etc. While at UMass, she has been studying goodness-of-fit indices in SEM. Also, she investigated sex-invariance across items included in the MAPT and the relationship between the magnitudes of DIF and the weights of multi-dimensional scaling. Her research interests include large-scale assessment, item response theory, structural equation modeling and longitudinal methodology. 

Gerard Langlois is a 1988 graduate of the Alderson-Broaddus College Physician Assistant Program, receiving a Bachelor of Science. He then completed the Montefiore Medical Center Post Graduate Residency in Surgery, graduating in 1989. He has held several clinical positions as a Surgical Physician Assistant. He completed his Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Alderson-Broaddus in 2008. Since 2005, he runs the daily operations of the simulation center at Baystate Health System, Springfield Massachusetts. Given his current position, he has an interest in high stakes assessment of graduate physicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare providers. He maintains the position of Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine as well as working per-diem for the Cardiac Surgery division at Baystate.

Hwanggyu Lim received a B.A. in Education from Yonsei University in 2010, and an M.A. in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from Yonsei University in Korea in 2012. Prior to joining REMP in Fall 2015, he worked at the Korean Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) as a researcher. While working at KICE, he participated in several projects related to automated scoring and score reporting. His previous experiences in Item Response Theory (IRT), standard setting, equating, and structural equation modeling also align with his research interests.

Joshua Marland joined REMP in Fall 2013 after spending six years working in analytic roles for nonprofits and a state education agency. Most recently, he was with the Regents Research Fund (RRF), an organization devoted specifically to working with the New York State Education Department to implement its Race to the Top initiatives. Joshua's primary responsibility while at RRF was to co-manage the development and implementation of growth and value-added models for accountability across the State. Concurrent to his time at RRF, Joshua was also a Strategic Data Fellow with the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard's Graduate School of Education where he focused on the use of quality information and analyses for decision making in education. His research interest is in the intersection of measurement and policy in K-12 education. He earned his Master's in Urban Education Policy at Brown University, and a Bachelor's in Public Relations at the University of Florida.

Frank Padellaro earned a B.S. in Economics and Management, magna cum laude, from Boston University in 2015. He has worked as director of support for Fishman Amplification, where his duties included writing technical manuals and documentation as well as analysis of quality and service data. In 2011 he was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for his original musical compositions in the play Theater of the Arcade. His interests include G theory, industrial and marketing psychometrics, econometrics, and perfecting home-made New Haven style pizza.

Yooyoung Park received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Seoul National University of Education and taught in a public school as a teacher in Korea. Later, she received her M.A. in educational assessment from the Institute of Education, University of London, and had an internship at the International Institute of Educational Planning, UNESCO in Paris, participating in research projects to monitor the quality of educational programs in Southern and Eastern African countries. Her current research interests include computer adaptive testing, test equating, and validity studies.

Duy N. Pham enrolled the Research in Educational Measurement and Psychometrics in the Fall of 2014. Prior to joining REMP, he worked in revising university admission exams at Vietnam National University, Hanoi for more than two years. He received his Bachelor's and first Master's degree in Mathematics from Hanoi National University of Education and University of Paris 11, Orsay, respectively. From 2009 to 2011, under the sponsorship of the Fulbright Vietnamese Student Program, he pursued his second Master's degree in Educational Administration at Boston College. Duy is also an educational collaborator who publishes on a regular basis for some online newspapers in Vietnam on various topics of education. He hopes that his studies and professional activities will help to bring about better assessments and educational policies that will contribute to the betterment of education world-wide. He is interested in studying international assessment, admission tests, educational policies related to assessment and evaluation, and computer adaptive testing.  

Francis Rick earned her B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude, from the Honors Program at Framingham State University. She also holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate from the Boston Language Institute. Prior to joining REMP in the fall of 2014, Francis worked as an Assessment Analyst in the Office of Strategic Planning at a multi-campus community college in Massachusetts. Her interests include validation, score and subscore reporting, applications of item response theory (IRT), and promoting a better-informed debate about current assessment issues as well as potential solutions.

Xi Wang received a B.S. in Psychology from Beijing Normal University in 2011. In the fall of 2011, Xi began doctorate study in Research and Evaluation Methods Program at UMass Amherst. Prior to joining REMP, Xi did an internship in National Assessment of Education Quality in China as a data analyst and have built some background in psychometric theories and methods. Xi's current research interests include test dimensionality study, as well as the application of item response theory in psychological research and assessment.


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