Faculty


Jim Bovaird

James Bovaird Director

Jim Bovaird directs the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics, which provides statistical and methodological support to researchers. He oversees MAP Academy staff, training and workshops, and conducts research to advance sophisticated analytical models.

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Lorey Wheeler

Lorey Wheeler Co-Director Research Assistant Professor

Lorey Wheeler provides statistical, methodological, and design support. Her methodological interests include prevention science, dyadic data, and latent profile analysis. She also conducts research on risk and protective factors related to Latino youth and families’ psychosocial, educational, and health outcomes.

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Leslie Hawley

Leslie Hawley Research Assistant Professor

Leslie Hawley provides psychometric, methodological, and evaluation support. She also offers analytical support for complex survey and assessment data such as the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey and the Programme for International Student Assessment.

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Michelle Howell Smith

Michelle Howell Smith Research Assistant Professor

Michelle Howell Smith brings expertise in mixed methods research design to the MAP Academy. Her research interests include educational supports for at-risk students, increasing women and underrepresented students in STEM fields, and best practices for developing surveys and assessments.

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Matthew Fritz

Matthew Fritz Assistant Professor

Matthew Fritz is an assistant professor in the Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods Program in the Department of Educational Psychology. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools.

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Natalie Koziol

Natalie Koziol Research Assistant Professor

Natalie Koziol’s methodological research focuses on challenges related to measurement of special populations and populations from low- and middle-income countries, secondary data analysis of large federally funded studies, and contextual modeling (hierarchical and spatial approaches). She provides methodology support in the areas of design, statistics and cost analysis (economic evaluation).

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