Faculty


Jim Bovaird

James Bovaird Co-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 Research 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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Postdoctoral Scholars


Natalie Koziol

Natalie Koziol Postdoctoral Scholar

Natalie Koziol received her master’s degree in statistics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She also earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in educational psychology, with specialization in quantitative, qualitative, and psychometric methods, from UNL. Her research is in the area of applied statistics, with particular emphasis on generalized linear mixed modeling in the context of complex probability sampling designs, and structural equation modeling with categorical data.

Graduate Research Assistants


Ann Arthur

Ann Arthur Graduate Research Assistant

Ann Arthur is a doctoral candidate in the Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her master's degree in survey research and methodology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.

Donna Chen

Donna Chen Graduate Research Assistant

Donna Chen is a doctoral student in the Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods program. She is currently working on mediation analysis and bootstrapping.

Paul Dizona

Paul Dizona Graduate Research Assistant

Paul Dizona is a third year doctoral student in the Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is interested in missing data issues and longitudinal research designs.

Houston Lester

Chansuk Kang Graduate Research Assistant

Chansuk Kang is a doctoral candidate in the Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include test score validity, multilevel modeling of item response theory, and special populations.

Houston Lester

Houston Lester Graduate Research Assistant

Houston Lester is a doctoral candidate in the Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include formative measurement models and mixture models.

Jayden Nord

Jayden Nord Graduate Research Assistant

Jayden Nord is a doctoral student in the Quantiative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods program. His interests include advanced structural equation modeling, manifest and latent interactions, and missing data.

Susan Pense

Susan Pense Graduate Research Assistant

Susan Pense is a first year master's student in the Quantitative, Qualitative, Psychometric Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her primary research interest is special populations.

Analay Perez

Analay Perez Graduate Research Assistant

Analay Perez is a first year master's student in the Quantitative, Qualitative, Psychometric Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her primary research interest involves the psychometric properties of intelligence tests in legal cases.

Jared Stevens

Jared Stevens Graduate Research Assistant

Jared Stevens is a third year doctoral student in the Quantitative, Qualitative, Psychometric Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His primary interests include instrument development and evaluation methodology.