April 2018 – Present
Lawrence, KS



Member of the ATLAS psychometric team working primarily on Dynamic Learning Maps alternate assessment, an 18-state consortium that uses DLM as their large-scale operational assessment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead research program on psychometric modeling
  • Create and maintain R packages
  • Oversee development of scripts for scoring and reporting
  • Prepare research projects for presenation to national conferences and technical advisory committee
January 2016 – April 2018
Lawrence, KS

Psychometrician Assistant


Responsibilities include:

  • Create R package for the scoring of the DLM operational assessment
  • Create R and SQL scripts to create deliverable score files
January 2015 – Present
Kansas City, KS

Statistical Consultant

Jake Thompson Consulting

Selected projects:

  • Bayesian Regression Modeling with rstanarm, a DataCamp course
  • Data analysis for research labs the University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Development of white paper on the implementation of evidence centered design for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
August 2014 – January 2016
Lawrence, KS

Graduate Research Assistant


Responsibilities include:

  • Create R script to score technology enhanced items
  • Work with content experts and educators to develop content standards and a new alternate assessment for science



Bayesian Regression Modeling with rstanarm

DataCamp course introducing Bayesian methods for linear regression using the rstanarm package.

Dynamic Learning Maps

The Dynamic Learning Maps® Alternate Assessment System is a large scale assessment administered by the Center for Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems at the University of Kansas.

Evaluating Model Estimation Processes for Diagnostic Classification Models

PhD dissertation submitted to the School of Education at the University of Kansas.

Soccer Predictions Using Bayesian Mixed Effects Models

Models developed for the prediction of individual games, European domestic leagues, and the UEFA Champions League.


Template for writing theses and dissertations at the University of Kansas using rmarkdown and bookdown.

Dissociating Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Unipolar Depression

Undergraduate Honors Thesis for psychology departmental honors at the University of Kansas. Winner for the Department of Psychology’s best Honors Thesis and Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate in Psychology.

Selected Publications

This graphic shows the probability of providing a correct response to an item in a multidimensional item response theory (MIRT) model. …

Recent Publications

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As cheating on high-stakes tests continues to threaten the validity of score interpretations, approaches for detecting cheating …

As the use of diagnostic assessment systems transitions from research applications to large-scale assessments for accountability …

As diagnostic assessment systems become more prevalent as large-scale operational assessments, consideration must be given to the …

Construct irrelevance, as the name might suggest, refers to measuring phenomena that are not included in the definition of the …

This graphic shows the probability of providing a correct response to an item in a multidimensional item response theory (MIRT) model. …

Recent Posts

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I have once again been inspired by a tweet! This one came from @WeAreRLadies, which was being moderated by Alison Hill at the time. …

Earlier this week Mike Bostock tweeted a interesting looking contour plot with a link to edit the formula and manipulate the graphic …

Recently I’ve been looking for an excuse to try out Thomas Lin Pedersen’s new grammar of animation, which is an extension of ggplot2 …

A while back, I was inspired by this Twitter exchange to create a bot that would tweet out tidyverse related material. Armchair …

This time last year, I submitted a graphic to the Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EM:IP) cover showcase competition. In …