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Title: Georgia Measurement and Assessment Training — Postdoctoral Program
Center: NCSER Year: 2008
Principal Investigator: Kamphaus, Randy Awardee: Georgia State University
Program: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education and Early Intervention      [Program Details]
Award Period: 9/1/08 to 8/31/12 Award Amount: $596,562
Type: Training Award Number: R324B080006

This cooperative training program between the Colleges of Education at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia trained five postdoctoral fellows in applied assessment or measurement science. The program's primary focus was on measurement issues associated with students with disabilities. Training for the applied assessment track and the measurement science track was different but parallel. Fellows received training in the design and use of large academic achievement and behavioral assessment datasets, as well as test development, classification, and test accommodations. The fellowship centered on one or more research projects led by the mentoring faculty, which addressed a) school screening measures, b) identification of subgroups in achievement testing programs, c) testing accommodations for students with special needs, d) diagnostic models, and e) alternate assessments for students with disabilities.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Alexeev, Natalia
Dever, Bridget
Harrell-Williams, Leigh (ORCID)
Kim, Jihye

As of 2020, Dr. Alexeev was a senior lecturer at the University of Georgia, Dr. Dever was an associate professor at Lehigh University, Dr. Harrell-Williams was an associate professor at the University of Memphis, and Dr. Kim was an associate professor at Kennesaw State University.

Products and Publications

Book Chapter

Dever, B.V., and Kamphaus, R.W. (2013). Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children. In K.F. Geisinger, B.A. Bracken, J.F. Carlson, J.C. Hansen, N.R. Kuncel, S.P. Reise, and M.C. Rodriguez (Eds.), APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment, Volume 3: Testing and Assessment in School Psychology and Education. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Dowdy, E., Kamphaus, R.W., Dever, B.V., and Twyford, J. (2014). Culturally Competent Behavioral and Emotional Screening. In M. Weist, N. Lever, C. Bradshaw, and J. Owens (Eds.), Handbook of School Mental Health (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.

Kamphaus, R.W., Reynolds, C.R., and Dever, B.V. (2014). Behavioral and Mental Health Screening. In R. Kettler, T. Glover, C. Albers, and K. Feener-Kettler (Eds.), Universal Screening in Educational Settings: Evidence-Based Decision Making for Schools. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Journal article, monograph, or newsletter

Alexeev, N., Templin, J., and Cohen, A.S. (2011). Detecting Spurious Latent Classes in the Mixture Rasch Model. Journal of Educational Measurement, 48(3): 313–332. doi:10.1111/j.1745-3984.2011.00146.x

Bhatnagar, R., Kim, J., and Many, J. (2012). One Urban College of Education's Examination of Graduates' Employment and Retention in Public Schools. Georgia Educational Researcher, 9(1): 64–72.

Dever, B.V., Kamphaus, R.W., Dowdy, E., Raines, T.C., and DiStefano, C. (2013). Surveillance of Middle and High School Mental Health Risk by Student Self-Report Screener. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 14(4): 384–90. doi:10.5811/westjem.2013.2.15349

Dever, B.V., Mays, K.L., Kamphaus, R.W., and Dowdy, E. (2012). The Factor Structure of the BASC-2 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System Teacher Form, Child/Adolescent. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(5): 488–495. doi:10.1177/0734282912438869

Dever, B.V., Raines, T.C., and Barclay, C.M. (2012). Chasing the Unicorn: Practical Implementation of Universal Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Risk. School Psychology Forum, 6(4): 108–118.

Dever, B.V., Schulenberg, J.E., Dworkin, J.B., O'Malley, P.M., Kloska, D.D., and Bachman, J.G. (2012). Predicting Risk-Taking With and Without Substance Use: The Effects of Parental Monitoring, School Bonding, and Sports Participation. Prevention Science, 13(6): 605–615. doi:10.1007/s11121-012-0288-z

Dowdy, E., Chin, J., Twyford, J., and Dever, B. (2011). A Factor Analytic Investigation of the BASC-2 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System Parent Form: Psychometric Properties, Practical Implications, and Future Directions. Journal of School Psychology, 49(3): 265–280. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2011.03.005

Dowdy, E., Dever, B., DiStefano, C., and Chin, J. (2011). Screening for Emotional and Behavioral Risk Among Students With Limited English Proficiency. School Psychology Quarterly, 26(1): 14–26. doi:10.1037/a0022072

Dowdy, E., Doane, K., Eklund, K., and Dever, B. (2013). A Comparison of Teacher Nomination and Screening to Identify Behavioral and Emotional Risk Within a Sample of Underrepresented Students. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21(2): 127–137. doi:10.1177/1063426611417627

Dowdy, E., Furlong, M., Raines, T.C., Bovery, B., Kamphaus, R.W., Dever, B.V., Price, M., and Murdock, J. (2015). Enhancing School-Based Mental Health Services With a Preventive and Promotive Approach to Universal Screening for Complete Mental Health. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 25(2): 178–197 . doi:10.1080/10474412.2014.929951

Dowdy, E., Nylund-Gibson, K., Felix, E., Morovati, D., Carnazzo, K., and Dever, B.V. (2014). Long-Term Stability of Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Risk. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 74(3): 453–472. doi:10.1177/0013164413513460

Feng, J., Kramer, M.R., Dever, B.V., Dunlop, A.L., Williams, B., and Jain, L. (2013). Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy and Failure of the Georgia First Grade Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 27(3): 275–282. doi:10.1111/ppe.12044

Harrell-Williams, L.M., and Wolfe, E.W. (2013). The Influence of Between-Dimension Correlation, Misfit, and Test Length on Multidimensional Rasch Model Information-Based Fit Index Accuracy. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 73(4): 672–689. doi:10.1177/0013164413477654

Harrell-Williams, L.M., Raines, T.C., Kamphaus, R.W., and Dever, B.V. (2015). Psychometric Analysis of the BASC-2 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS) Student Form: Results From High School Student Samples. Psychological Assessment, 27(2): 738–743. doi:10.1037/pas0000079

Harrell-Williams, L.M., Sorto, M.A., Pierce, R.L., Lesser, L.M., and Murphy, T.J. (2014). Validation of Scores From a New Measure of Preservice Teachers' Self-Efficacy to Teach Statistics in the Middle Grades. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 32(1): 40–50. doi:10.1177/0734282913486256

Juechter, J.I., Dever, B.V., and Kamphaus, R.W. (2012). Mental Health Screening and Academic Outcomes in Elementary School. School Psychology Forum, 6(4): 137–147.

Kim, J., and Oshima, T.C. (2013). Effect of Multiple Testing Adjustment in Differential Item Functioning Detection. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 73(3): 458–470. doi:10.1177/0013164412467033

Raines, T.C., Dever, B.V., Kamphaus, R.W., and Roach, A.T. (2012). Universal Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Risk: A Promising Method for Reducing Disproportionate Placement in Special Education. Journal of Negro Education, 81(3): 283–296.

Williams, B.L., Dunlop, A.L., Kramer, M., Dever, B.V., Hogue, C., and Jain, L. (2013). Perinatal Origins of First-Grade Academic Failure: Role of Prematurity and Maternal Factors. Pediatrics, 131: 693–700. doi:10.1542/peds.2012–1408