Meredith Larson recently joined NCER as an associate research scientist in the Policy and Systems Division. In this capacity, Meredith will provide technical advice to grant applicants and oversee the work of grantees in the areas of Adult Education and Reading and Writing. Meredith recently completed her doctorate in linguistics at Northwestern University, with a concentration in language and cognition. Her research was in experimental psycholinguistics with a focus on memory, implicit learning, and people's perceptions of truth. While at Northwestern, she also worked with adult and child English language learners.
Samantha Burg is a new research scientist in NCES's Design, Analysis and Reporting Program within the Assessment Division. In this capacity, Samantha will provide technical oversight to NAEP research and design studies. Most recently, Samantha was a psychometrician for MetaMetrics, Inc., where her work included research on a mathematics developmental scale for kindergarten through pre-calculus and development of assessments to link this mathematical scale to state assessments across the country. Before finishing her doctorate in educational measurement at UNC-Chapel Hill, Samantha worked as a psychometrician for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Grady Wilburn has joined NCES as an associate research scientist in the Design, Analysis and Reporting Program within the Assessment Division. In this capacity, Grady will provide expertise in the area of assessment of students with disabilities and English language learners, and coordinate the production of reports for various 2010 subject tests. Grady comes to NCES from the Defense Manpower Data Center, where he was a consortium research fellow working with both psychometricians and survey psychologists on developing and approving assessments and questionnaires for military personnel. He has co-authored papers on how the fear of conforming to a negative stereotype about your group (i.e., gender or racial-ethnic) can impact the academic performance of members of those stereotyped groups. Grady received his doctorate from Howard University in social psychology.