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Georgia Measurement and Assessment Training — Postdoctoral Program

Year: 2008
Name of Institution:
Georgia State University
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Kamphaus, Randy
Award Amount: $596,562
Award Period: 9/1/08 to 8/31/12
Award Number: R324B080006


The Georgia State University project for the Georgia Measurement and Assessment Training - Postdoctoral Program provides postdoctoral fellows training in applied assessment or measurement science at the postdoctoral level. The program will be a cooperative training program between the Colleges of Education at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. The primary focus of the training program will be to address measurement problems associated with students with disabilities. Training for clinical assessment and measurement science fellows will be different but parallel. Fellows will receive training designing and using large academic achievement and behavioral assessment datasets as well as test development, classification, and test accommodations. The Fellowship will center on one or more research projects of the faculty, which currently include a) school screening measures, b) identification of subgroups in achievement testing programs, c) testing accommodations for special needs students, d) diagnostic models, and e) alternate assessments for students with disabilities.

Publications from this project:

Alexeev, N., Templin, J., & Cohen, A. S. (2011). 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.

Dowdy, E., Dever, B. V., DiStefano, C., & Chin, J. (2011). Screening for emotional and behavioral risk among students with limited English proficiency. School Psychology Quarterly, 26, 14–26. doi: 10.1037/a0022072.

Dowdy, E., Chin, J. K., Twyford, J. M., Dever, B. V., & Kamphaus, R. W. (2011). A factor analytic investigation of the BASC—Behavioral and Emotional Screening System Parent Form: Psychometric properties, practical implications, and future directions. Journal of School Psychology, 49, 265–280.

Bhatnagar, R., Kim, J., & Many, J. (2012). Preparing Urban Teachers: Relationships between Program Components, Yield Rate, and Teacher Retention. Georgia Educational Researcher, 9, 64–72.

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

Dever, B.V., Raines, T.C., & Barclay, C.M. (2012). Chasing the unicorn: Practical implementation of universal screening for behavioral and emotional risk. School Psychology Forum, 6, 108–118.

Dever, B. V., Schulenberg, J. E., Dworkin, J. B., O'Malley, P. M., Kloska, D.D., & Bachman, J.G. (2012). Risk-taking without substance use: The protective effects of sports participation, school bonding, and parental monitoring. Prevention Science, 13, 605–615.

Juechter, J.I., Dever, B.V., & Kamphaus, R.W. (2012). Mental health and academic outcomes in elementary school. School Psychology Forum, 6, 137–147.

Raines, T. C., Dever, B. V., Kamphaus, R. W., & 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, 283–296.

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

Dever, B.V., Kamphaus, R.W., Dowdy, E., Raines, T.C., & DiStefano, C. (2013). Surveillance of middle and high school mental health risk by student self-report screener. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 14, 384–390.

Dowdy, E., Doane, K., Eklund, K., & Dever, B. V. (2013). A comparison of teacher nomination and screening to identify behavioral and emotional risk. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21, 127–137. doi: 10.1177/1063426611417627

Feng, J., Kramer, M.R., Dever, B.V., Dunlop, A.L., Williams, B., & Jain, L. (2013). Maternal smoking during pregnancy and failure of the Georgia first grade Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 27, 275–282.

Harrell-Williams, L. M., Sorto, M. A., Pierce, R. L., Lesser, L. M., & Murphy, T. J. (2013). Validation of scores from a measure of teachers' self-efficacy to teach middle grades statistics. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. First published on May 6, 2013 as doi: 10.1177/0734282913486256.

Harrell-Williams, L. M. & Wolfe, E. W. (2013). The influence of between-dimension correlation, misfit and test length on multidimensional Rasch model information— based index accuracy. Educational and Psychological Measurement. First published on February 22, 2013 as doi: 10.1177/0013164413477654.

Kim, J., & Oshima, T. C. (2013). Controlling Type I Error Rate in Evaluating Differential Item Functioning: Use of Adjustment of Multiple Item Testing. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 73, 458–467.

Williams, B.L., Dunlop, A.L., Kramer, M., Dever, B.V., Hogue, C., & Jain, L. (2013). Perinatal origins of first grade academic failure: Role of prematurity and maternal characteristics. Pediatrics, 131, 693–700.

Dowdy, E., Kamphaus, R. W., Dever, B. V., & Twyford, J. (2014). Culturally competent screening approaches and treatments. In M. Weist, N. Lever, C. Bradshaw, & J. Owens (Eds.), Handbook of School Mental Health, (2nd ed., pp. 311–321). New York, NY: Springer.

Dowdy, E., Nylund-Gibson, K., Felix, E., Morovati, D., Carnazzo, K., & 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

Kamphaus, R.W., Reynolds, C.R., & Dever, B.V. (2014). Behavioral and mental health screening. In R. Kettler, T. Glover, C. Albers, & K. Feener-Kettler (Eds.), Universal screening in educational settings: Identification, implementation, and interpretation (pp. 249–273). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Assiocation.

Harrell-Williams, L. M., Raines, T. C., Kamphaus, R. W., & 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.

Dowdy, E., Furlong, M., Raines, T. C., Bovery, B., Kamphaus, R. W., Dever, B. V., Price, M., & Murdock, J. (in press). 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.