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I am interested in how higher education policies, places, people, and programs influence college student retention, engagement, achievement, and learning.
I am interested in talent from a research perspective: how we define talent, where it comes from, and what we can do to help others develop their own talent.
Infancy/early childhood and language: including parenting styles that promote language and literacy, caretaking and child care, and early correlates of cognitive development
Cross-country/cultural: including studies that address teacher education, use of educational technology, youth development programs, domestic violence, parenting practices and creativity
Classification, generally, refers to the process of simplifying data by grouping observations that have similarities together. There are many applications of classification in educational and psychological research, and there are many ways to perform classification. My research in this area focuses on the latent variable, or model-based, approach to classification.
Latent variable models involve the examination of one or more theorized but directly unobservable variables, such as ability, intelligence, or achievement. A latent variable cannot itself be directly measured, but instruments may be developed that allow one to observe the manifestation of the latent variable. Models that include one or more latent variables require complex mathematical computation to allow researchers to make decisions from the manifestations of the latent variable. My research in this area is related to the accurate estimation of relationships between latent and observed variables.
Psychometrics generally refers to the measurement of psychological phenomena and involves the application of advanced statistical techniques to psychological instruments. My research in this area focuses on providing validity evidence of existing instruments and exploring applications of existing psychometric ideas and models to new measurement scenarios. Ultimately, my research in psychometrics focuses on reaching correct conclusions about the existence and nature of psychological phenomena of interest.