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Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)

Upcoming CEA/REMP Seminar: Dr. Barbara Byrne to Speak at UMass

Barbara Byrne

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The Center for Educational Assessment at UMass is very pleased to announce that Dr. Barbara Byrne, Professor Emeritus of the University of Ottawa in Canada, will speak at UMass on Monday, October 29, 2007. Dr. Byrne will give a seminar from 12-1pm in Hills South Room 151, and her talk is entitled "Structural Equation Modeling with EQS: A Brief Sojourn."

By way of background, Barbara M. Byrne (Ph.D. University of Ottawa, 1982; Post Doctoral Fellowship UCLA, 1985-1987) is Professor Emeritus in the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada. Substantively, her research focuses on construct validation issues related to the structure and measurement of self-concept, burnout, and depression. Methodologically, it centers on the sound application of structural equation modeling (SEM) in the validation of measuring instruments and psychological constructs. Dr. Byrne has conducted over 50 workshops related to the application of SEM and is the author of five introductory books on the topic, the most recent of these being Structural Equation Modeling with EQS;Basic Concepts, Applications, and Programming (Second Edition; 2006). These SEM books describe and illustrate applications based on the LISREL, AMOS, and EQS statistical programs. In addition to 80+ publications, most of which have addressed SEM application issues, she has authored the measurement reference book, Measuring Self-concept Across the Lifespan: Issues and Instrumentation (1996). Dr. Byrne is the recipient of three Distinguished Teaching Awards presented by the Canadian Psychological Association (1995), the American Psychological Association (APA; 2002), and Division 5 (Jacob Cohen Award; 2002). She is a Foundation member on the International Board of the SELF Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia, an elected member of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and an APA Fellow of Divisions 5 and 52. Within the APA, Dr. Byrne has served as both Membership (1988-91) and Workshop Chair (1996-99) for Division 5, and as a member of the Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPEC; 2000-02). She currently serves on the Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments (CPTA), is one of two APA representatives on the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP), and is the APA representative for the International Test Commission (ITC). Within the ITC, she has served as Newsletter Editor (1996-99) and Treasurer (1999-present).


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