Dr. Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead is an assistant professor in the Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment program at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches coursework in research methods, assessment, and evaluation. She also is a member of the newly formed cross-departmental School Reform Research Cluster. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods from Claremont Graduate University in 2009. She has previously served as an assistant professor of educational research at Western Carolina University, as a research and evaluation specialist at the Southeast Regional Educational Laboratory, and as a doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Motivated by a deep-seated desire to promote student educational equity, her scholarship seeks to advance knowledge on the impact of K-12 policies, practices, and programs in chronically under-performing and under-served schools; to provide credible, relevant, and useful evidence to the policy community; and to contribute to the development of stronger evidence-based evaluation practices, models, and theories. Bianca is 2014’s recipient of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Marcia Guttentag Award (28th Annual American Evaluation Association Conference, October 15-18 Denver, CO). She joined the University of Connecticut in 2013.
Dr. D. Betsy McCoach is an associate professor in the Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment program at the University of Connecticut. She has extensive experience in structural equation modeling, longitudinal data analysis, hierarchical linear modeling, instrument design, and factor analysis. Betsy has published over 80 journal articles, book chapters, and books, including Multilevel Modeling of Educational Data with Ann O’Connell. Her newest book, Instrument Development in the Affective Domain (3rd edition), co-authored with Robert K. Gable and John P. Madura was released in 2013. Betsy served as the founding co-editor for the Journal of Advanced Academics, and she is the current co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly. She is also an associate editor of Frontiers in Measurement and Quantitative Psychology. Betsy is the current Director of DATIC, where she teaches summer workshops in Hierarchical Linear Modeling and Structural Equation Modeling, and she is the founder and conference chair of the Modern Modeling Methods conference, held at UCONN every May. Dr. McCoach is also the current Project Director and Principal Investigator for Project PAPER, a U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant that funds fellowships for Ph. D. students in measurement, evaluation, and assessment. Betsy currently serves as a Co-Principal Investigator and research methodologist on several federally funded research grants, including Project Early Vocabulary Intervention, funded by IES, and School Structure and Science Success: Organization and Leadership Influences on Student Success, funded by NSF. In addition, she has served as the Research Methodologist for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented for the last 7 years. Betsy is the current incoming program chair of the AERA Structural Equation Modeling SIG, the chair of the Educational Statisticians SIG, and the chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development SIG. She has also served as Chair of the AERA Hierarchical Linear Modeling SIG.
- Ph.D Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 1989
- M. Ed. (Psychometrics), University of New England, Australia, 1984
- Dip. Soc. Sci. (Education), University of New England, Australia, 1981
- B. A. (Mathematics and Statistics), University of New England, Australia, 1980
Areas of Expertise:
- Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment
- Research Methodology
Honors and Awards:
- University of New England University Medal (Master’s Thesis)
- Graduate School Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88
- National Council on Measurement in Education
- American Educational Research Association
Dr. Flake is a post-doctoral fellow in the Quantitative Psychology Program at York University where she teaches introduction to statistics and conducts methodological research in the areas of measurement and structural equation modeling. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology-Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment from the University of Connecticut in July of 2015. She also holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Psychology from James Madison University (2012) and a bachelor’s in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University (2009). Dr. Flake has expertise in measurement, research methodology, and applied quantitative methods, specifically structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling. She also has a strong interest in the measurement and study of student motivation, having also presented and published in this area. In the summer of 2014, she was awarded a prestigious internship at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success. She continues to work with research scientists at ETS to study methodologies for understanding incongruence between student and teacher ratings of student motivation. Jessica is a member of the American Educational Research Association where she regularly participants and presents in Division D: Measurement and Research Methodology and the Motivation, SEM, and MLM special interest groups.
Dr. Amy A. Germuth is the founder and president of EvalWorks, LLC, an education research and evaluation firm located in Durham, NC. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991), an M.S. in Education Administration (Tennessee State University, 1997), a Ph.D. in Education Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003), and earned a Certificate in Survey Methodology (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) in 2008. Dr. Germuth has been an evaluator for the past 15 years after serving as a high school mathematics teacher and elementary and middle school administrator. She has conducted multiple evaluations at the national/federal (US Education Department, Institute for Educational Sciences, Office of Special Education Programs), state (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, New York State Department of Education), and local levels (Chicago Public Schools, Wake County Public Schools, Cumberland County Schools). Much of her evaluations have been of K-higher education STEM initiatives and in the area of early childhood education. Dr. Germuth is an active member of the American Evaluation Association, having served as Chair of the Data Visualization and Reporting TIG and Independent Consulting TIG.
Dr. Bayonas is the President and Senior Evaluation Consultant of iEvaluate, LLC, which provides evaluation services for school, health, worksite, and community-based programs. On a daily basis, she is engaged in needs assessment, grant-writing, program theory/logic model development, survey development, focus groups, interviews, data analysis, and report writing. Since 2002, she has managed multiple research and evaluation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, state departments, community centers, and local foundations, with budgets up to $2,000,000. Dr. Bayonas holds a B.S. in Communications Media and a M.A. in Adult Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D. is in Instructional Systems Technology with a minor in Education Research Methods from Indiana University-Bloomington. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the American Educational Research Association. In addition, she serves as treasurer for the local AEA affiliate, Research Triangle Park Evaluators, which meets quarterly in the Raleigh-Durham area.