Heba Abdo (

Heba Abdo is a graduate student in the Rutgers University Educational Doctorate Program. She also completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Rutgers University. Heba currently works at Rutgers University School System Improvement as a Senior Program Administrator. In her work, she supports principals and instructional coaches in their implementation of teacher evaluation to support teacher learning. She is also a lecturer of Teacher Education at Rutgers University. Previously, Heba worked in many school settings as a teacher and principal. Heba has presented at NERA two times and received the 2015 Lorne H. Woolatt Distinguished Paper Award. Her research interests include teacher evaluation as a formative process, instructional coaching, teacher leadership, and culturally responsive pedagogy.
Hongyu Diao (

Hongyu Diao is a third-year doctoral student in the Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her current research interests include multistage-adaptive testing, Item Response Theory, and educational data mining analysis.
Emily Ho (

Emily is a 5th year doctoral student at Fordham University's Psychometric and Quantitative Psychology program and a psychometric intern at College Board for the school years 2014-2017. She is interested in vertical scale drift, test equating, and has also done behavioral science research in the context of climate change. Her work has appeared in Behavioral Science and Policy and Psychological Assessment.
Kisong Kim (

Kisong Kim is currently a third-year doctoral student at St. John's University and working as a doctoral research fellow. Her research interests mainly focus on Culturally Responsive Teaching and its influence on English Language Learners. Her master's thesis was about the effects of school size on students' achievement in Public Schools in Urban areas. This is her first year serving on the GSIC.
Catie Mathers (

Catie Mathers is a first-year doctoral student in the Educational Measurement and Statistics program at the University of Iowa. She received her M.A. in Psychological Sciences with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology from James Madison University. Her research interests include instrument development, item response theory, and implementation fidelity. She is serving her second year on the GSIC.
Aaron Myers (

Aaron Myers is a second-year Master’s student in the Psychological Sciences Quantitative Concentration at James Madison University. His current research interests include latent variable modeling in general, measurement, mediation, and longitudinal analyses. 
Yooyoung Park (

Yooyoung Park is in her second year of the Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her current research interests include validity studies, multistage-adaptive testing, and detecting item exposure with application of measurement theories in educational testing.
Elisabeth Pyburn, Chair (

Liz Pyburn is a second-year student in the Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. program at James Madison University, where she also completed her Master’s in Quantitative Psychology. She will be beginning her dissertation work in summer 2017. Her research interests include scale development, item explanatory IRT models, and the characteristics of attitude items that impact how people respond. She is the current GSIC chair.
Jessica Schwartzer (

Jessica Schwartzer is a Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  Her specialization is educational leadership focusing on socially just leadership and racial identities in schools, as well as qualitative research methods in educational leadership. Prior to attending George Mason University, she was an elementary school teacher in New Jersey for 11 years after earning her B.A. in English from Rutgers University and M.A. in School Administration from Rowan University.
Tom Waterbury (

A former high school history teacher, Tom Waterbury is now a doctoral student in James Madison University’s Assessment and Measurement program. His research interests include student engagement, learning improvement, and user-friendly effect sizes.
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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