Dissertation Prize

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
2020 Headshot of Maarten Kampert Maarten Kampert

Leiden University, the Netherlands

Advisor: Jacqueline Meulman

Title: Improved Strategies for Distance Based Clustering of Objects on Subsets of Attributes in High-Dimensional Data

2019 Headshot of Merijn Mestdagh Merijn Mestdagh

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Advisor: Francis Tuerlinckx and Stijn Verdonck

Title: Prediction and machine learning: Explorations in psychological methodology

2018 Headshot of Sacha Epskamp Sacha Epskamp

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Advisor: Denny Borsboom

Title: Network Psychometrics

2017 Headshot of Maria Bolsinova Maria Bolsinova

Utrecht University, Utrecht and Cito, 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of Hye Won Suk Hye Won Suk

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Advisor: Heungsun Hwang

Title: Functional Generalized Structured Component Analysis

2013 Headshot of Dylan Molennar Dylan Molennar

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 Headshot of Brandon Turner Brandon Turner

The Ohio State University,  Columbus, Ohio, USA

Advisor: Trisha Van Zandt

Title: Likelihood-free Bayesian modeling

2011 Headshot of 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of Bonne J. H. Zijlstra 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of Denny Borsboom Denny Borsboom

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Advisor: Gideon Mellenbergh & Jaap van Heerden

Title: Conceptual issues in psychological measurement

2003 Headshot of Frank Rijmen Frank Rijmen

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Advisor: Paul De Boeck

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

2002 Headshot of 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 Headshot of Bart-Jan van Os Bart-Jan van Os

Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

Advisor: Jacqueline J. Meulman & Larry J. Hubert

Title: Dynamic programming for partitioning in multivariate data analysis

2000 Headshot of Iwin Leenen Iwin Leenen

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Advisor: Iven Van Mechelen

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

1999 Headshot 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of 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 Headshot of Wai Chan Wai Chan

University of California,  Los Angeles, California, USA

Advisor: Peter Bentler

Title: Covariance structure analysis for ipsative data

1995 Headshot of Jules Ellis Jules Ellis

University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Advisor: Eddy E. Roskam

Title: Foundations of latent variable models

1995 Headshot of 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 Headshot of Patrick Groenen Patrick Groenen

Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands

Advisor: Willem Heiser

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

1993 Headshot of 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 data by log-multilinear models

1993 Headshot of Eric Maris Eric Maris

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Advisor: Paul De Boeck

Title: Psychometric models for psychological processes and structures

We have been careful to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and inclusive, and we apologize in advance for any errors or omissions that remain.  Should you identify any errors or omissions, please send an email to merklee@missouri.edu and it will be corrected.

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