Leslie Hawley, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor, Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics

Leslie Hawley’s research expertise is a combination of technical, applied and policy-oriented areas. Her research interests include educational measurement, structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, test validity and value-added assessment.

Prior to joining CYFS, she was a graduate research assistant with the Buros Center for Testing, as well as a summer intern at Educational Testing Service. As a Buros associate, she collaborated on numerous applied measurement projects and technical reports for clients ranging from state departments of education, Caveon Test Security and university staff.

Hawley has published research in the Journal of Sport Behavior, contributed to book chapters related to test validity and multilevel structural equation modeling and presented research on value-added assessment and accountability practices at both national and international conferences. She is the Early Career Network representative for Division 5 of the American Psychological Association (APA), secretary for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Test Validity and Evaluation special interest group, a member of the AERA Division D Graduate Student Seminar Committee and a reviewer for the Buros Institute’s Mental Measurements Yearbook.

Phi Delta Kappa International, a global association of education professionals, selected Hawley to join its 2014-2015 Class of Emerging Leaders. She was also awarded the 2012-2013 Dr. Ron Joekel Research Award from the UNL Phi Delta Kappa Chapter, which honors outstanding education-focused research conducted by a UNL graduate student.

Hawley received her bachelor's in psychology and master’s in experimental psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with an emphasis in quantitative, qualitative, and psychometric methods.