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Graduate Student Q&A with Jared Stevens

Jared Stevens
Jared Stevens

Name: Jared Stevens

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Major/program: Quantitative, Qualitative, Psychometric Methods

Graduate assistantship: CYFS’ Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics

Anticipated date of graduation: 2019

Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Full Article

Video available for fall methodology workshop

David MacKinnon presents during the fall 2016 Nebraska Methodology Workshop.
David MacKinnon presents during the fall 2016 Nebraska Methodology Workshop.

David MacKinnon, foundation professor of psychology at Arizona State University, led the 2016 Nebraska Methodology Workshop on Sept. 30.

The all-day workshop, “Introduction to Modern Mediation Analysis,” drew more than 80 students, faculty and community members. MacKinnon also presented a free, public keynote address at the conclusion of the workshop, titled “Controversies in Modern Mediation Analysis.” Full Article

Arthur receives student paper, travel awards

Ann Arthur
Ann Arthur

Ann Arthur, CYFS graduate assistant, has earned student paper and travel awards from the International Conference on Questionnaire Design, Development, Evaluation and Testing.

During the Nov. 9-13 conference in Miami, Florida, Arthur will present her paper, “Advances in Questionnaire Design for Youth.” She developed the paper while working on a project with CYFS’ Nebraska Academy for Analytics, Psychometrics and Analytics (MAP Academy). Full Article

Team supports 4-H program evaluation

CYFS methodologists with the MAP Academy are helping 4H enhance a set of survey instruments. The team includes, from left, Jarrod Stevens, Natalie Koziol, Lorey Wheeler, Ann Arthur, Michelle Howell Smith and Leslie Hawley.
CYFS methodologists with the MAP Academy are developing measures to help 4-H assess youth development outcomes. The team includes, from left, Jared Stevens, Natalie Koziol, Lorey Wheeler, Ann Arthur, Michelle Howell Smith and Leslie Hawley.

A CYFS team is traveling nationwide to help 4-H assess its impact—one that extends to nearly six million youth through school and community programs, clubs and camps.

The team is working to enhance the 4-H Common Measures, a collection of multiple survey instruments that assess youth development outcomes. The team’s revisions began last year with input from a national advisory board. They are now heading into the field to get perspectives from the survey’s intended demographic—4-H youth and leaders. Full Article

Methodologists discuss cross-cultural measurement

Leslie Hawley, Betty-Jean Usher-Tate and Sara Gonzalez.
The April 15 Methodology Applications Series was led by Leslie Hawley, Betty-Jean Usher-Tate and Sara Gonzalez. View video. 

The Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics continued its Methodology Applications Series on Friday, April 15. The series is free and open to the public.

The April 15 presentation, titled “Evaluating Measurement Invariance with Cross-Cultural Sensitivity,” was led by Leslie Hawley, CYFS research assistant professor, and doctoral students Betty-Jean Usher-Tate and Sara Gonzalez. Full Article

Fritz invited to Penn State for methodology presentation

Matt Fritz
Matt Fritz

CYFS faculty affiliate Matt Fritz was invited to give a presentation at The Pennsylvania State University on March 23 as part of the Prevention and Methodology Training colloquia series. He shared a presentation titled “The mediated effect is significant, so I’m done, right? Thinking critically about testing and interpreting mediated effects in prevention interventions.” Full Article

Graduate Student Q&A with Benjamin Baumfalk

Benjamin Baumfalk
Benjamin Baumfalk

Name: Benjamin Baumfalk

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Major/program: Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods in the Department of Educational Psychology

CYFS graduate assistantship: CYFS’ Bureau for Education Research, Evaluation and Policy, and the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics Full Article