EDMS Students and Alumni Page

We are the program in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation (EDMS) at University of Maryland, College Park. This page is devoted to everything about the EDMS family.

Evan Olson, PhD!!! Congratulations! 🎉

A new family photo for EDMS. We are in this together. It is a time that will go down in our memories as a page for love and growth. ❤️ #EDMSTogether

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Big congratulations to our Dr. Morell (Monica Morell), Dr. Liao (Mancy Liao), and Dr. Man (Kevin Man), who have successfully defended their dissertations online during this special time. You are all shining stars that make the EDMS family proud! 🤗

Always loads of fun and learning at EDMS Research Day. So proud of the graduate student presenters and the great research work they share with the rest of the world!!


NSF QRM Scholars Program | UMD College of Education

If you plan to submit an application for the 2020-21 NSF QRM Scholars Program, the priority deadline is tomorrow (March 1)!

The NSF QRM Scholars Program offers a year-long training that helps early-career education researchers develop their skills in design, measurement, and analysis. Led by Dr. Laura Stapleton and Dr. Gregory Hancock, this program brings together quantitative methodologists, experts in STEM education research, and graduate student liaisons to guide scholars through the process of developing and implementing their research proposals. Learn more at the following link:

education.umd.edu Quantitative Research Methods for STEM Education Scholars Program

Always rooting for our EDMS family. Congratulations! We are so proud of you. 😊

EDMS students are being spoiled with sweets and snacks. 🤗



A cool podcast brought by our own Gregory Hancock and his (old) friend Patrick Curran. The first episode has been out and it's going viral now! You wouldn't want to miss it if you haven't listened to it yet. We need more Quantitude!!! (and attitude, aptitude, fortitude, gratitude, and whatever that rhymes.) 😎

buzzsprout.com A podcast dedicated to all things quantitative, ranging from the relevant to the highly irrelevant. Co-hosts Patrick Curran and Greg Hancock talk about serious statistical topics, but without taking themselves too seriously. Think: CarTalk hi-jacked by the two grumpy old guys from the Muppets, gr...

A beautiful Saturday afternoon for EDMS. This is us, ohana. 😊

A little bit preview of how EDMS shines at #SMEP2019. So proud. 😊

Sunshine, Kubb, Ping Pong, yummy food, and our growing EDMS family. Here is to another great year at EDMS! ☀️

[07/29/19]   ‪Annual EDMS Fall Fling! Sun Sep 15, 12-4pm‬
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‪Current students/alums/families welcome.‬
‪Please bring main dish, side dish, appetizer, and/or dessert.‬
‪And a blanket or folding chair if you have one.‬
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‪PLEASE RSVP: [email protected]
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‪3454 Tyler Dr.‬
‪Ellicott City, MD‬

[04/04/19]   I am pleased to announce that Dan McNeish (EDMS Ph.D., 2015) has just been named the recipient of the 2019 Anastasi Early Career Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association.

For those of you keeping score at home, earlier this year Dan also received the American Educational Research Association's Division D Early Career Award, as well as being named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.


[04/02/19]   EDMS doctoral student Tessa Johnson was voted chair-elect of the AERA Graduate Student Council and will join the AERA Council in 2020-2021. Go Tessa!!

[03/16/19]   Our very own Tessa Johnson was just awarded the 2019 Dissertation Research Grant from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. Congrats Tessa!!!

[02/13/19]   EDMS alumnus Dan McNeish was selected as the 2019 recipient of AERA's Division D Early Career Award in Statistics! It's wonderful to see our graduates go on to do great things, and really does the EDMS program and our department proud. I hope some of you will get to see Dan at AERA, and congratulate him in person on this fine accomplishment.

[12/30/18]   EDMS alum, Dan MacNair McNeish, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, was named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science. Congrats Dan!

[12/21/18]   How much do our students rock?

Within the last year alone our students have had first-authored methodological papers appear in, or accepted for publication in, such journals as Multivariate Behavioral Research, Psychological Methods, Journal of Educational Measurement, Journal of Education and Behavioral Statistics, Applied Psychological Measurement, International Journal of Testing, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Frontiers in Psychology (Quantitative Psychology and Measurement section), and Journal of Experimental Education.

Go Terps!!!

Witness me!

EDMS alumnus Dan McNeish won the prestigious APA Division 5 dissertation award. You rock, Dan MacNair McNeish


March 12-14, 2018

College Park, Maryland (an on-line option is available)

Dr. Robert G. Croninger
([email protected])

Interested in studying social problems, public health issues or educational phenomena using survey data or national datasets? Wondering how to handle violation of independence assumptions and the nested nature of phenomena (e.g., families nested in neighborhoods, health behaviors over time nested in individuals, or children nested in schools)? In this three-day workshop, we examine these challenges, how multilevel modeling addresses them, and the use of multilevel modeling to develop more complex statistical models about various social and educational phenomena. You will get intensive, hands-on instruction in basic multilevel models, such as a two-level organizational model, using the student version of HLM and multiple secondary data sets. By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

• Design a multilevel analysis using multilevel software (HLM).
• Pose and test hypotheses about random and fixed effects.
• Examine critically multilevel assumptions and specifications, including centering.
• Develop a two-level model and clearly interpret results.
• Identify more advanced uses of multilevel models, including growth curve models and hierarchical general linear models.

For more information on the workshop, including registration, please visit https://education.umd.edu/hlm-2018

Online registration is available here: https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/jfe/form/SV_5j3XkKJB7HeCXK5

Please feel free to contact Dr. Robert G. Croninger
([email protected]) with questions about the workshop. Make your reservations soon!


Two back-to-back short courses for research professionals, faculty, and graduate students

*Structural Equation Modeling: A First Course
January 8-10, 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)
*Structural Equation Modeling: A Second Course
January 11-12, 2018 (Thursday - Friday)

College Park, Maryland (an on-line option is available)
Dr. Gregory R. Hancock, University of Maryland
([email protected])

*Structural Equation Modeling: A First Course
This three-day course assumes no prior experience with SEM, and is intended as both a theoretical and practical introduction. An understanding of SEM will be developed by relating it to participants’ previous knowledge of multiple linear regression, and then by expanding it to allow for correlated and causally related latent constructs. We will start with path analysis among measured variables, move into confirmatory factor models, then structural models involving latent causality, and finally into multi-group models and a preview of more advanced topics. Examples from a variety of disciplines will be accompanied by example code and output from the Mplus software package. Throughout the course participants will be able to do practice exercises using Mplus; participants attending on-site are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop PCs to do these exercises.

*Structural Equation Modeling: A Second Course
This two-day course assumes experience with introductory level SEM, such as that provided in our first course (immediately preceding this course, or taken previously) or from a fairly typical university course exposure elsewhere. Content covered will draw, as time allows, from such topics as: latent means models, latent interactions, latent growth models, categorical data, complex samples / multilevel structural equation models, and power analysis in SEM. Although this material is necessarily more complex, it will be presented in an approachable hands-on manner for the applied researcher. Throughout the course participants will be able to do practice exercises using Mplus; participants attending on-site are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop PCs to do these exercises.

For more information on the workshop, including registration, please visit

Please feel free to contact Dr. Gregory R. Hancock ([email protected]) with questions about the workshop. Make your reservations soon!

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[10/20/17]   Dandan Liao, Ph.D. candidate in the Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation program in HDQM, ​was awarded a grant from American Institutes for Research (AIR) ​for a secondary analysis of ​data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC​). ​This work is in collaboration with Dr. Qiwei He from E​ducational ​T​esting ​Service.

[10/09/17]   Kristina Cassiday, Ph.D. student in the Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation program in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, was awarded a 2-year Strategic Data Fellowship from the Center for Education Policy at Harvard University. As a Fellow, she will be working at Urban Teachers, a non-profit dedicated to placing passionate teachers in high-need, urban schools.

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October 2-3, 2017 (Monday, Tuesday)

College Park, Maryland (an on-line option is available)

Dr. Joshua Polanin, Development Services Group, Inc. ([email protected])

Participants will gain all the tools necessary to conduct a high quality systematic review and meta-analysis. Although these procedures can be found in numerous textbooks, the latest techniques and technical tools often require nuanced and sophisticated applications of numerous online tools and applications. This course will focus on the hands-on, practical, and applied approach to conducting reviews by combining lectures with practice material designed to enable participants to conduct future meta-analyses. Participants will receive an electronic copy of all course materials, including lecture slides, practice datasets, software scripts, relevant supporting documentation, and recommended readings. Participants will also have access to a video recording of the course. Course topics include:

* Understanding the purpose and goals of systematic review and meta-analysis
* Conducting a systematic, comprehensive literature search and screening
* Extracting information from primary studies efficiently and reliably
* Calculating effect sizes and variances
* Performing a synthesis and moderator analyses using R
* Disseminating the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis

For more information on the workshop, including registration, please visit

Please feel free to contact Dr. Polanin ([email protected]) with questions about the workshop. Make your reservations soon!


Study Finds 79% Of Statistics Now Sobering

theonion.com CAMBRIDGE, MA—Noting a sharp increase over recent decades, a study released Wednesday by researchers at MIT confirmed that nearly 80 percent of all statistics are now sobering.

[02/07/13]   Spread the love people!

We are very happy to see that Greg's accolade has brought some interest to our page. Now, if you newcomers spread the word through the old Facebook grapevine, reaching out to all EDMSers on your friends lists, we may actually get enough likes to fill a minibus.

Spread the LOVE!

Awards Season has arrived to UMD!

That's right folks, it's that time of the year again: awards season. Grammys, Emmys, Daytime Emmys, Oscars, Kid's Choice...

It just so happens that this year an EDMSer had the honor to be one of five nominees for... UMD's Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award. I am speaking of Dr. Greg Gregory Hancock, of course, which we all have to come to know and appreciate for his skillful use of spaghetti boxes.

So join me congratulating Greg for the well-deserved nomination, and suggesting that, if he is to win, some of the honorarium be donated to fund a Nespresso coffee machine for our offices at Cole. It would be mitzvah!

A complete list of the nominees is attached.

[01/19/12]   Dear EDMSers,

Hope you all have a lovely winter break.

For those of you who haven't got your EDMS T-shirt, please pay attention~
As you can see in the following photo, we actually have our own department T-shirt, designed by Dr. Hancock.

"Not necessarily normal
But incredibly robust!"

If you also want one for yourself, please reply to Xiaoshu, either on FB or via email. In your reply, please let me know the number and size you want. Xiaoshu is wearing size Small, and we also have size for little kids~

Looking forwards to seeing you guys next week~

Timeline Photos

[01/02/12]   Happy New Year everybody~~~ hope it's not too late yet~~
Enjoy your new year vacations. XD

[11/24/11]   Happy Turkey Day y'all!!!!

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