Matthew Speno, Chair (

Matthew Speno is a second year Doctoral Candidate in the Transformative Leadership program at the University of New England. Matthew’s research interests include the benefits of a Career and Technical Education at the middle and high school levels. He is interested in researching the high school diploma authorization practices developed by the Maine Department of Education, which do not include CTE schools/centers as authorizers. Matthew is a Maine certified special education teacher specializing in specific learning disabilities and executive functioning.
Beth Perkins, Past Chair (

Beth Perkins is a third-year doctoral student in the Assessment and Measurement program at James Madison University. Her research interests include emotions experienced during testing, scale development, and structural equation modeling.
Henry Johnson (

Henry “Hank” Johnson is a third year Ed.D. student at Johnson & Wales University  in Providence, RI.  His doctoral work focuses on faculty development and learner-centered pedagogy. He currently works as an Assistant Professor at New England Institute of Technology, teaching courses in management and public health. Additionally, he serves as board treasurer of the Rhode Island Career Development Association. Hank was previously the Executive Director of Education in Action, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, whose mission is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that educate and inspire youth to achieve real world success. He is also a proud member of the Atlanta United supporters club, Terminus Legion.

Amanda Gorham (

Amanda Gorham is a Ph.D. student in the Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her current interests include multivariate generalizability theory, psychological assessment, artificial intelligence, and rating scale analysis. Amanda's dissertation research focuses on the development of an improved, text-free, screening instrument for postpartum depression, informed by the lived experience of the condition.

Nikole Lynn Gregg (

Nikole Gregg is a second-year student in the Assessment and Measurement PhD program at James Madison University, where she also completed her Masters in quantitative psychology. Her research interests include applications of multidimensional item response theory (IRT), innovative item formats, response styles in attitudinal surveys, and many-facets Rasch modeling. Her dissertation involves the dual use of: 1) Multidimensional IRT models that model the response process and 2) innovative item formats that reflect a hypothesized response process as a means to account for response styles.
Pam Peters (

Pam Peters is a fourth year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Connecticut.  Pam has dual focus areas: Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation and Gifted Education, Creativity, and Talent Development. Her research interests center on issues of equity in both gifted education and measurement. This is her second year serving on the GSIC. 
GSIC Call for New Members 
Serving on the GSIC is a great way to get involved with NERA and build relationships with other graduate students! Responsibilities include collaborating with students from various institutions to plan GSIC sponsored in-conference sessions, and the GSIC student social. New members are selected each year after the NERA Conference. For more information about get involved:

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