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

Current Students

Louise M. Bahry received her BA (Honours) in Forensic and Methodological Psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada in 2008 and her MEd in Measurement and Evaluation from the University of Alberta. She joined REMP in the fall of 2011. Before starting her MEd at the U of A she worked as a Psychometrist and Data Analyst at the Alberta Hospital - Edmonton where she managed intelligence, cognitive, and personality assessments for a forensic mental health unit. Throughout her MEd she focused on assessment design and validation working on a large project with the Interdisciplinary Health Education Partnership. In addition, Louise has worked with provincial ministries on program evaluation projects and data collection strategies. Her thesis work focused on the application of educational measurement methodology to non-normal data. Louise's current research interests are in continuing her Master's research with non-normal data, assessment design and validation as well as the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of measurement. 

Kimberly Colvin received her B.S. in Statistics and Biometry and M.A.T. in Curriculum and Instruction from Cornell University and her M.A. in Statistics from the University of Rochester. Prior to joining REMP, Kim taught high school and college mathematics for 10 years. As a high school teacher, she taught pre-calculus, remedial algebra and Advanced Placement courses in Statistics and Computer Science, as well as serving as her district's Curriculum Coordinator for K-12 Mathematics. While at REMP, Kim has worked with several large-scale assessments. Her interests include item response theory, differential item functioning and the evaluation of teachers and administrators.

Robert Cook entered the Research and Evaluation Methods Program in the Fall of 2009. Before joining REMP, he worked developing software applications in the private sector. Rob has since used his programming skills to develop and analyze psychometric software for Measured Progress and the National Board of Medical Examiners. His psychometric interests include innovations in testing, using computational linguistics to evaluate performance assessments, cognitive diagnostic testing, and applications of item response theory.

Molly Faulkner-Bond earned her B.A. in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from Harvard in 2006, as well as a certificate from the university's interdisciplinary Mind, Brain, Behavior program. In early 2009, after spending two years abroad in Australia and New Zealand, she took a job at edCount, LLC, a Washington-DC based education firm that conducts research and provides technical assistance relating to standards, assessment and accountability, particularly for English learners and students with significant cognitive disabilities. In her nearly three years at edCount, Molly contributed to a number of validity evaluation studies for state-level assessments, all of which applied the argument-based approach to validity evaluation; these projects allowed her to design and pilot research instruments, facilitate focus groups, design and populate student score reports, assist with assessment administration, support standard-setting and alignment studies, develop validity evaluation plans, and draft and edit reports and presentations summarizing study findings. In 2010, Molly also co-authored the book The Administrator's Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners with edCount president and CEO, Dr. Ellen Forte. Molly joined the REMP program in fall of 2011 to pursue her interest in assessment and validity theory, with a special interest in developing valid assessments and assessment systems for English learners.

Chris Foster received a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish Language from Wesleyan University and a M.A. After his undergraduate career he immediately enrolled in the UMASS REMP program. While at UMASS, he has participated in a variety of projects dealing with large-scale assessment and data analysis. His current research interests include issues in small sample parameter estimation. Additionally Chris has focused a large amount of effort on cheating behaviors in testing situations across a variety of situations and individuals to help better improve cheating detection methodology. 

M. Fernanda Gandara received her degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She joined the Psychometric Methods Program in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining the program, she worked as a junior research advisor to the National Commission of Research in Science and Technology (CONICYT). Fernanda has also worked as a research assistant at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, on issues related to Chilean educational assessments and to college admissions policies. Her psychometric research interests include international testing, test adaptation, testing ELLs, testing and educational policy, scaling, validity, and score reporting.

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.

Minji Kang Lee received her B.A. in English Language and Education from Korea University, and an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. Prior to joining REMP, she taught English as a foreign language at an innovative charter high school that focuses on character education. As a Fulbright scholar, she taught intermediate and advanced Korean language at Rutgers University. Her present research interests include test translation, computer adaptive testing, and the use of response times to detect differential item functioning and aberrant test-taking behavior.

Xueming Li received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Qingdao University in China and a M.A. in Language, Literacy and Culture from Umass Amherst. She joined REMP in 2010 and has been involved in various psychometric analyses and IRT applications of multiple projects. Her current research interests include IRT applications, computer-based testing, validity study, and cross-cultural issues in educational testing.

Joshua Marland joined REMP in the Fall of 2013 after spending the past 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 educator and institutional 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 for decision making in education. Joshua also worked in program evaluation for New Leaders for New Schools and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.  He earned his Master's in Urban Education Policy at Brown University, and a Bachelor's in public relations at the University of Florida, where he focused on communications research and strategic communications. 

Joseph Rios received his B.A. in psychology from Lewis & Clark College and his M.A. in educational psychology with a specialization in quantitative methodology from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). While at UCR, he worked as a graduate student researcher on an IES-funded study, where he was responsible for leading several research assistants in conducting psychometric analyses of experimentally designed measures. Joseph's previous research has focused on test development, differential item functioning, structural equation modeling, and test adaptation equivalence. His current research interests, which include IRT and non-IRT applications in assessing score comparability between ELL and non-ELL examinees, and test accommodations (e.g., alternative item formats that reduce linguistic complexity), are concerned with the fair and accurate assessment of English language learners. Furthermore, he is also interested in test adaptation and score linking procedures in promoting international assessment and cross-cultural research.

MinJeong Shin recieved a B.A. in education and English language and literature, and an M.A. in educational measurement and evaluation, from Yonsei University in Korea. She joined REMP in the fall of 2011. Prior to joining REMP, she worked at the Korea Institute for Currirulum and Evaluation, and dealt with large-scale assessments, especially the college scholastic ability test. Her research interests include item response theory, G-theory, tests composed of testlets, and test equating.

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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