Dissertation Prize

The Psychometric Society Dissertation Prize recognizes at most one outstanding Ph.D. dissertation each year, written in any field covered by the journal Psychometrika. Criteria include the originality and rigor of the research, possible applications of the theory or methods and potential impact.

Eligible nominees must be members of the Psychometric Society and must have received their Ph.D. degree within the last year.  Past winners appear below; full details are available here.

Year

Awardee

Details

2017 Maria Bolsinova
Stijn Verdonck

Utrecht University, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Advisor: Gunter Maris and Herbert Hoijtink

Title: Balancing Simple Models and Complex Reality: Contributions to Item Response Theory in Educational Measurement

2016 Stijn Verdonck
Stijn Verdonck

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Advisor: Francis Tuerlinckx

Title: Advances in choice response time modeling: Non-linearity, efficient computation, and non-decision time

2016 Yang Liu
Yang Liu

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Advisor: David Thissen

Title: Generalized fiducial inference for graded response models

2015

Michelle LaMar
Michelle LaMar

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Advisor: Sophia Rabe-Hesketh

Title: Models for understanding student thinking using data from complex computerized science tasks

2014

Hye Won Suk
Hye Won Suk

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Advisor: Heungsun Hwang

Title: Functional Generalized Structured Component Analysis

2013

Dylan Molenaar
Dylan Molenaar

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Advisor: Han van der Maas & Conor Dolan

Title: Testing distributional assumptions in psychometric measurement models with substantive applications in psychology

2012

Brandon Turner
Brandon Turner

The Ohio State University,  Columbus, Ohio, USA

Advisor: Trisha Van Zandt

Title: Likelihood-free Bayesian modeling

2011

Anna Brown
Anna Brown

University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Advisor: Alberto Maydeu-Olivares

Title: How item response theory can solve problems of ipsative data

2010

Rinke Klein Entink
Rinke Klein-Entink

University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

Advisor: Wim van der Linden & Jean-Paul Fox

Title: Statistical Models for Responses and Response Times

2009

Bonne J. H. Zijlstra

University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

Advisor: Tom Snijders & Marijtje van Duijn

Title: Random effects models for directed graphs with covariates

2008

Mariëlle Linting
Mariëlle Linting

Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

Advisor: Jacqueline J. Meulman

Title: Nonparametric Inference in Nonlinear Principal Components Analysis: Exploration and Beyond

2007

Delphine Courvoisier
Delphine Courvoisier

University of Geneva,  Geneva, Switzerland

Advisor: Michael Eid

Title: Unfolding the constituents of psychological scores: Development and application of mixture and multitrait-multimethod LST models

2006

Michael C. Edwards
Michael C. Edwards

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Advisor: David Thissen

Title: A Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approach to Confirmatory Item Factor Analysis

2005

Douglas Steinley
Douglas Steinley

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain,  Champaign, Illinois, USA

Advisor: Larry Hubert

Title: Local optima in k-means clustering : What you don't know may hurt you (or, is ignorance bliss?)

2004

Denny Borsboom
Denny Borsboom

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Advisor: Gideon Mellenbergh & Jaap van Heerden

Title: Conceptual issues in psychological measurement

2003

Frank Rijmen
Frank Rijmen

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Advisor: Paul De Boeck

Title: A mixed and mixture model perspective on item response theory

2002

Jean-Paul Fox
Jean-Paul Fox

University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

Advisor: Cees Glas & Wim van der Linden

Title: Multilevel IRT: A Bayesian perspective on estimating parameters and testing statistical hypotheses

2001

Bart-Jan van Os
Bart-Jan van Os Leiden

Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

Advisor: Jacqueline J. Meulman & Larry J. Hubert

Title: Dynamic programming for partitioning in multivariate data analysis

2000

Iwin Leenen
Iwin Leenen

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Advisor: Iven Van Mechelen

Title: Models and algorithms for a deterministic decomposition of dichotomous data

1999

Garry Robins
Garry Robins

University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Advisor: Philippa Pattison

Title: Personal attributes in inter-personal contexts: statistical models for individual characteristics and social relationships

1998

Peggy May T. Hwang
 

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Advisor: Michael Browne

Title: Factor analysis of time series

1997

Anders Skrondal
Anders Skrondal

University of Olso, Oslo, Norway

Advisor: Petter Laake

Title: Latent trait, multilevel and repeated measurement modelling with incomplete data of mixed measurement levels

1996

Hilde Huizinga
Hilde Huizinga

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Advisor: Peter C.M. Molenaar

Title: The Statistical Approach to Electromagnetic Source Localization in the Brain

1996

Wai Chan
Wai Chan

University of California,  Los Angeles, California, USA

Advisor: Peter Bentler

Title: Covariance structure analysis for ipsative data

1995

Jules Ellis
Jules Ellis

University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Advisor: Eddy E. Roskam

Title: Foundations of latent variable models

1995

Yiu-Fai Yung
Yiu-Fai Yung

University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Advisor: Peter Bentler

Title: Finite mixtures in confirmatory factor-analytic models

1994

Patrick Groenen
Patrick Groenen

Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

Advisor: Willem Heiser

Title: The majorization approach to multidimensional scaling: some problems and extensions

1993

Carolyn J. Anderson
Carolyn J. Anderson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA

Advisor: Stanley Wasserman

Title: The analysis of multivariate, longitudinal categorical date by log-multilinear models

1993

Eric Maris
Eric Maris

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Advisor: Paul De Boeck

Title: Psychometric models for psychological processes and structures

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