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Dissertation Prize 2016

This year’s Psychometric Society Dissertation Prize winners are Stijn Verdonck (KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Belgium), and Yang Liu (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Dr. Verdonck's adviser was Dr. Francis Tuerlinckx and the title of his dissertation was Advances in Choice Response Time Modeling: Non-linearity, Efficient Computation, and Non-decision Time. Dr. Liu's adviser was Dr. David Thissen and the title of his dissertation was Generalized Fiducial Inference for Graded Response Models.

Congratulations to both winners!

Open call for proposals regarding website contributions

Open call for proposals regarding website contributions

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Psychometrika and 81th anniversary of the Psychometric Society, the Psychometric Society launches an open call to its members (senior or junior) to send in a proposal outlining a contribution in recognition of the anniversaries of the journal and the Society. If approved, such a contribution will become part of the Society’s website. Valuable contributions may be related to the history of the Society or its journal or they may help disseminating important psychometric contributions (this is a non-exhaustive list).

If you have an idea, please send in a 3-page proposal describing your idea, a timeline, a budget and a list of deliverables. The Society has reserved a total of $10000 that may be (partially or completely) used to fund at most two selected proposals. The deadline for submitting a proposal is April 1. Please send your proposal to Francis Tuerlinckx ( The proposals will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees. 

(Who is the man in the picture? If you do not know the answer, you should explore the history pages referred to above. Albert K. Kurtz was one of the six co-founders of the society. In fact, the society was his idea. He was founding editor of Psychometrika, together with Paul Horst, and has been the longest-serving editor of Psychometrika.)

New book review editor and publication editor for Psychometrika

We are happy to announce that Jeff Harring (University of Maryland; left picture) is the new Psychometrika Book review editor. Here you may find a list of books available for review (as well as a list of books under review). The Psychometric Society would like to thank Jee-Seon Kim for her dedicated service as a Book Review editor. 

We are also happy to announce that Louis Roussos (Measured Progress; right picture) has agreed to take up the role as Publication Editor for Psychometrika. The Publication Editor's main role is to check content and technical aspects of the manuscript after a manuscript has been accepted for publication in Psychometrika. The Publication Editor ensures that a manuscript is ready for publication and takes steps if a manuscript needs changes.

Photos from IMPS 2015 Available!

Pieter Kroonenberg (shown in photo) has taken wonderful photos at IMPS 2015 and published them here (password: imps2015). The group photo, sponsored by Mplus, can be downloaded here. See also this page for photos from recent annual meetings.

The website taskforce has created pages with photos of past meetings (1980, 1995, 2001, 2003-2015) - see hyperlinks on this page. We would be grateful to receive further photos, especially for meetings for which we do not yet have pages. If you have photos to contribute, please email

See also other historic webpages announced earlier this year.