Program Alumni

David Alexandro

David Alexandro completed his Ph.D. in  2018 when he defended his dissertation entitled Aiming for Success: Evaluating Statistical and Machine Learning Methods to Predict High School Student performance and Improve Early Warning Systems.  Since graduating from UConn he has been employed by the Performance Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Pei-Hsuan Chiu completed her Ph.D. in 2018 when she defended her dissertation entitled Bayesian Approaches to Test Score Measurement Errors in Student Growth Prediction Models.  She is currently an education consultant at the Connecticut State Department of Education

Glenn Davenport

Glenn Davenport completed his Ph.D. in 2016 when he defended his dissertation entitled Detecting Conceptual Change with Latent Transition Analysis. Since graduating he has been a STEM Education Evaluator at Yale University’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

Jessica Flake

Jessica Flake completed her Ph.D. in 2015 when she defended her dissertation entitled An Investigation of the Alignment Method for Detecting Measurement Noninvariance in Noncognitive Scales.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at McGill University.

Paul Hernandez

Paul Hernandez completed his Ph.D. in 2011 when he defended his dissertation entitled A Comparison of MMR and SEM Approaches to Multiple Treatment Groups Meta-Analysis.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University.

Janice Kooken

Janice Kooken completed her Ph.D. in 2015 when she defended her dissertation entitled Modeling Heterogeneity in Growth Mixture Models: A Case Study of Model Selection using Direct Behavior Rating.   Since graduation she has been a fellow in Harvard’s Strategic Data Project and a data strategist with Connecticut RISE Network.  She is currently an Assistant Research Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Eva Li

Eva Li completed her Ph.D. in 2019 when she defended her dissertation Evaluating Methods for Handling Multilevel Selection for the Purpose of Generalizing Cluster Randomized Trials.  Since graduating from UConn she has been a Statistician with the Office of Institutional Research at Yale University.

Xiaoran Li

Xiaoran Li  completed her Ph.D. in 2018 when she defended her dissertation entitled Constructing Interpretable and Practical Subdomain Vertical Scales. She is currently Senior Research Associate and Psychometrician at Adelphi Values.

Karen Rambo-Hernandez

Karen Rambo-Hernandez completed her Ph.D. in 2011 when she defended her dissertation entitled How much do schools matter? Using summer growth patterns to assess the impact of schools on high achieving and gifted students. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University.

Graham Rifenbark

Graham Rifenbark completed his Ph.D. in 2019 when he defended his dissertation entitled A Monte Carlo Evaluation of Methods for Detecting Structural Model Misspecification.  Hi is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Neag School of Education.

Rohini Sen

Rohini Sen completed her Ph.D. in 2012 when she defended her dissertation entitled Structural Equation Model Approach to the use of Response times for Improving Estimation in Item Response Models.  She is currently Associate Director for Global Evidence and Outcomes for Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Huihui Yu

Huihui Yu completed her Ph.D in 2017 when she defended her dissertation entitled Novel Methods to Address Measurement Error Issues in Gifted Identification.  Since graduating she has been a Statistician in the Department of Medicine at Yale University.