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Robert MacCallum Receives the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction

Robert MacCallum, Professor and Director of the Quantitative Psychology Program and L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory, was awarded the prestigious 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction.  Dr. MacCallum teaches graduate level courses in regression analysis, factor analysis, and advanced topics in structural equation modeling.  Dr. MacCallum was recognized at the January 16th basketball game during the half-time ceremony.  All award recipients will be honored at a banquet on April 15.

Abigail Panter Appointed to Social Security Administration National Advisory Panel

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, has appointed Abigail Panter, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor of Psychology, to the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel. The mission of the Panel is to provide independent advice and recommendations on plans and activities to replace the Dictionary of Occupational Titles currently used in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability determination process.

Dan Bauer Receives 2009 Early Career Award from APA

Daniel Bauer, Associate Professor in the Quantitative program, has been named recipient of the 2009 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association for his program of research focused on the statistical modeling of individual differences in stability and change over time. Following is the citation that will be published in the APA Monitor:  “For the creative integration of sophisticated quantitative methods with empirical research in the psychological sciences. He draws on his joint training as a developmental and quantitative psychologist to pursue the design, evaluation, and application of novel statistical models for the study of individual and group differences in stability and change over time. A key goal underlying his work is maximizing the correspondence between the theoretical model under study and the statistical model used to empirically evaluate the scientific hypotheses. His contributions have helped strengthen the rigor with which psychology advances as a science.”

Abigail Panter Named Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor

Abigail Panter has been named a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor.  This professorship honors faculty for outstanding teaching.   Professor Panter has won multiple teaching honors, including the Tanner Award, Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award, and thee awards from the Psychology Honors Society. In 1999 she received the highest student evaluations among all instructors of First Year Seminars. During her 19 years as a member of the psychology faculty, she has served as an advisor for over 40 undergraduate honors theses. Her research focuses on evaluation methodology, measurement and testing.

Nisha Gottfredson Receives NRSA Award

Nisha Gottfredson,a 3rd year doctoral candidate in the Quantitative Program, has received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Drug Abuse (F31 DA026686).  The award provides up to three full years of funding to support her graduate training.  Her project, titled “Modeling non-random missingness in experience sampling research on substance use”, proposes to “provide a more rigorous test of within-person substance use models by extending and applying novel quantitative methods to account for nonignorable missing data. In the process, it will be possible to provide broad recommendations to researchers who use experience sampling research designs, thus allowing the alignment of theory, research design, and statistical method.”

Li Cai Received Multiple Awards for Dissertation

Our former graduate student Li Cai has received two awards for his dissertation, completed at UNC in 2008 and entitled “A Metropolis-Hastings Robbins-Monro Algorithm for Maximum Likelihood Non-Linear Latent Structure Analysis with a Comprehensive Measurement Model.”  The first is the award for Outstanding Methodological Dissertation from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the second is the Brenda Lloyd Dissertation Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).  Both awards were bestowed at the recent AERA convention in San Diego.  Li is now Assistant Professor in Advanced Quantitative Methods in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and also holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychology.