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Professor
Educational Psychology and Research Methodology
Department of Educational Studies

Research

My research interests include improving the psychometric properties of psychological and educational tests used to make high-stakes placement decisions for diverse populations, methodological psychometric studies, invariance (differential item functioning & test structure invariance), and derivation of core profiles/profile analysis.


Education

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1994, Educational Psychology; Measurement, Statistics, & Research Methods
M.A./Ed.S. Gallaudet University, 1988, 1989, School Psychology
B.S. University of Illinois, 1984, Psychology


Selected Publications

  • French, B.F., & Maller, S.J. (in press). Iterative purification and effect size use with logistic regression for DIF detection. Educational and Psychological Measurement.

  • Maller, S.J., Frenc, B.F., & Zumbo, B. (in press). Item and test bias. In Neil J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics. Thousand Oakes, CA: Sage.

  • Maller, S.J. (2005). Review of Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition. In R.A. Spies & B.S. Plake (Eds.), The sixteenth mental measurements yearbook (pp. 1092-1096). Lincoln, NN: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

  • Maller, S.J., & Immekus, J.C. (2005). The psychometric properties of intelligence tests when used with deaf and hard of hearing individuals: Practices and recommendations. In J.L. Mounty & D.S. Martin (Eds.), Assessing deaf adults: Critical issues in testing and evaluation (pp. 75-89). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

  • Maller, S.J., & French, B.F. (2004). UNIT factor invariance across deaf and standardization samples. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 64, 647-660.

  • Mantzicopoulos, P.Y., French, B.F., & Maller, S.J. (2004). Factor structure of the pictorial scale of perceived competence and social acceptance with two pre-elementary samples. Child Development, 75, 1214-1228.

  • Maller, S.J., (2003). Best practices in detecting bias in nonverbal tests. In S. McCallum (Ed.), Handbook of nonverbal assessment of intelligence and related abilities (pp. 23-48). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

  • Mantzicopoulos, P.Y., French, B.F., & Maller, S.J. (2002). The Brigance K&1 Screen: Factor composition with a Head Start sample. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 20, 164-182.

  • Maller, S.J. (2001). Differential item functioning in the WISC-III: Item parameters for boys and girls in the national standardization sample. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 61, 793-817.

Experience

2006-present Professor, Program in Educational Psychology and Research Methods,
Department of Educational Studies, College of Education, Purdue University
2004-present < TD> Co-Director, Purdue University Psychometric Investigation Laboratory (PUPIL), College of Education, Purdue University
2005-present Professor, Department of Engineering Education, College of Engineering, Purdue University
1999-2006 Associate Professor, Program in Educational Psychology and Research Methods, Department of Educational Studies, College of Education, Purdue University
1999 Associate Professor , Department of Educational Measurement and Research,
College of Education, University of South Florida
1994-1999 Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Measurement and Research,
College of Education, University of South Florida