As a research methodologist, I am very interested in exploring new ways to use modeling methods to explore nuanced research questions from simpler models to more advanced. With a background in measurement, I focus on validity especially with respect to psychometric properties of the measurement tools. But I am also a mathematician, and so substantively, I am interested in learning mathematics, especially related to motivation to persist such as when studying mathematics. For my dissertation I investigated change in student classroom behavior over time using multilevel longitudinal structural equation models, specifically growth mixture models, combining a methodological and substantive focus.
Prior to working in education, I worked in the corporate world as an actuary, as an international reinsurance buyer for a multimillion dollar insurance company, and also as a statistical marketing research consultant.