The Research Methodology Center in the College of Education and Human Ecology aims to support faculty, research staff, and students in their research. We are dedicated to advancing methodology and strengthening the skills of faculty and students across a variety of approaches (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods). We aim for this support to enhance research productivity and quality across the College.
The RMC offers professional development and research support services designed to advance methodologies to promote well-being and development of children, adults, families, communities, and schools.
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|Dr. Ann A O’Connell, Director
Dr. O’Connell’s research focuses on the appropriate application of multivariate and multilevel methodologies for education and health intervention research, particularly for analyzing discrete or non-normally distributed outcome variables. Her work has been published in Evaluation and the Health Professions, Journal of Educational Psychology, Women and Health, Measurement and Research in Counseling and Development, MMWR, and the Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods.For information about Dr. O’Connell’s work in Ethiopia, please visit her presentation: Teaching, Research, and Service Opportunities in Ethiopia.
|Dr. Sandra J. Reed, Associate Director
Dr. Reed is a 2012 graduate of the Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement (QREM) program in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. To date, her research has focused on behavioral measurement. Her current work is examines intervention science, with a specific emphasis on the use of the use of behavioral data analytics to support intervention design, translation, implementation, and evaluation.
|Dr. Natasha Bowen, Associate Director
Dr. Bowen joined the faculty at the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University in 2015. Previously she was a faculty member at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for 13 years. Dr. Bowen developed the Elementary School Success Profile (ESSP), a multi-domain, multiple-source social environmental assessment used by school staff to improve student outcomes. Dr. Bowen has taught graduate courses on research methods, measurement, and structural equation modeling. She has published in journals such as the Journal for the Society for Social Work and the Journal of Educational Psychology. She is also lead author of Structural Equation Modeling, part of the Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods series published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Bowen’s substantive expertise relates to social environment causes and solutions to the achievement disparities in schools.
Graduate Research Assistants
Nivedita Bhaktha is a PhD candidate in the Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement program in the College of Education and Human Ecology. Nivedita has a Master’s degree in statistics and her research interests are in latent variable modeling, multilevel analysis and generalized linear modeling. She primarily uses R, Stata and SAS for data analysis and is also proficient in LISREL, Mplus and SPSS. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level stat courses. Nivedita likes learning about new quantitative techniques and has a rich experience in interdisciplinary research.
Meng-Ting Lo is a doctoral student in the Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement program in the College of Education and Human Ecology. Her research interests center around three topics: (a) structural equation modeling; (b) multilevel modeling; (c) Rasch modeling. Particularly, she has strong interest in learning how the advanced statistical models can be applied to various research topics in education, especially related to students’ psychological features, behaviors, academic achievements, and potential risk factors within the context of secondary education and higher education. Meng-Ting is also very interested in applying various psychometric methods to solve measurement problems. She has extensive experience working with Mplus, Winsteps, HLM, SPSS, and SAS.
|Susie Mauck received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 and is a PhD candidate in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, & Measurement. Currently she is working on the development of an instrument that measures graduate students’ basic statistical knowledge. She has worked extensively with SPSS, MPlus, and HLM as an instructor and researcher. She also has experience with Lisrel and the R programming language. Susie enjoys helping others develop their skills with quantitative methodologies, has read widely, and can help identify available resources that address issues related to quantitative research.|
|David Weller is an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, majoring in Exercise Science.|