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Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

David Thissen

Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3270
(919) 962-5036

Education:
B.A., Psychology, St. Louis University, June 1971
Ph.D., Behavioral Sciences, The University of Chicago, August 1976

Teaching and Research experience:
1976 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University (Summer)
1976-1981 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas
1981-1987 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas
1987-1990 Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas
1990-2002 Professor and Director, Quantitative Program, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2003- Professor, Quantitative Program, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Academic Honors and Affiliations:
1971 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, St. Louis University
1971-1972 NDEA Title IV fellow, University of Chicago
1972-1975 NSF Graduate fellow, University of Chicago
1973- Member, Psychometric Society
1979- Member, American Statistical Association (Fellow, 2006-)
1985- Member, National Council on Measurement in Education
1989 Elected to Sigma Xi, University of Kansas
1990- Member, American Psychological Society (Charter Fellow, 1998-)
1994-1998Senior Fellow, National Institute of Statistical Sciences
1999-2000President-elect, Psychometric Society
2000-2001President, Psychometric Society
2001-2002Past President, Psychometric Society

Research Interests:
Psychometrics, item response theory
Models for human growth and development
Graphics and statistics in psychological contexts

Selected Recent Publications:

Liu, Y., Magnus, B., & Thissen, D. (2016). Modeling and testing differential item functioning in unidimensional binary item response models with a single continuous covariate: A functional data analysis approach. Psychometrika, 81, 371-398.

Reeve, B.B., Thissen, D., DeWalt, D.A., Huang, I-C., Liu, Y., Magnus, B., Quinn, H., Gross, H.E., Kisala, P.A., Ni, P., Haley, S.M., Mulcahey, M.J., Charlifue, S., Hanks, R., Slavin, M., Jette, A.M., & Tulsky, D.S. (2016). Linkage between the PROMIS pediatric and adult emotional distress measures. Quality of Life Research, 25, 823-833.

TassÚ, J., Schalock, Thissen, D., Balboni, G., Bersani, H., Borthwick-Duffy, S.A., Spreat, S., Widaman, K.F. Zhang, D., & Navas, P. (2016). Development and standardization of the Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale: Application of item response theory to the assessment of adaptive behavior. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121, 79-94.

Thissen, D. (2016). Bad questions: An essay involving item response theory. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 41, 81-89. Thissen, D. (2016). Rejoinder to Commentaries by Ackerman, Ho, and Wainer on “Bad Questions”. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 41, 104-108.

Thissen, D., Liu, Y., Magnus, B., Quinn, H., Gipson, D.S., Dampier, C., Huang, I-C., Hinds, P.S., Selewski, D.T., Reeve, B.B., Gross, H.E., and DeWalt, D.A. (2016). Estimating minimally important difference (MID) in PROMIS pediatric measures using the scale-judgment method. Quality of Life Research, 25, 13-23.

DeWalt, D.A., Gross, H.E., Gipson, D.S., Selewski, D., DeWitt, E.M., Dampier, C.D., Hinds, P.S., Huang, I, Thissen, D., & Varni, J.W. (2015). PROMIS« pediatric self report scales distinguish subgroups of children within and across six common pediatric chronic health conditions. Quality of Life Research, 24, 2195-2208.

Varni, J.W., Thissen, D., Stucky, B.D., Liu, Y., Magnus, B., He, J., DeWitt, E.M., Irwin, D.E., Lai, J.-S., Amtmann, D., & DeWalt, D.A. (2015). Item-level informant discrepancies between children and their parents on the PROMIS« Pediatric Scales. Quality of Life Research, 24, 1921-1937.

Thissen, D., Liu, Y., Magnus, B., & Quinn, H. (2015). Extending the Use of Multidimensional IRT Calibration as Projection: Many-to-One Linking and Linear Computation of Projected Scores. In L. A.van der Ark, D. M. Bolt, W-C. Wang, J. A. Douglas, & S-M. Chow (eds.), Quantitative Psychology Research: The 79th Annual Meeting of the Psychometric Society, Madison, Wisconsin, 2014 (pp. 1-16). New York, NY: Springer.

Thissen, D. (2015). Growth through levels. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 13, 128-131.

Thissen, D. (2015). Psychometrics: Item response theory. In J. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Volume 19 (pp. 436-439). Oxford: Elsevier.

Thissen, D. (2015). Failing tests: Commentary on “Adapting educational measurement to the demands of test-based accountability”. Measurement, 13, 49-52.

Cai, L., & Thissen, D. (2015). Modern approaches to parameter estimation in item response theory. In S.P. Reise & D.A. Revicki (Eds.), Handbook of item response theory modeling: Applications to typical performance assessment (pp. 41-59). New York: Taylor & Francis (Routledge).

Liu, Y., & Thissen, D. (2014). Comparing score tests and other local dependence diagnostics for the graded response model. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 67, 496-513.

Quinn, H., Thissen, D., Liu, Y., Magnus, B., Lai, J-S., Amtmann, D., Varni, J.W., Gross, H.E., & DeWalt, D.A. (2014). Using item response theory to enrich and expand the PROMIS® Pediatric Self Report Banks. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 12:160.

Balboni, G., Tassé, J., Schalock, Borthwick-Duffy, S.A., Spreat, S., Thissen, D.M., Widaman, K.F., Zhang, D., & Navas, P. (2014). The Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale: Evaluating Its Diagnostic Sensitivity And Specificity Research in Developmental Disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 2884-2893.

Varni, J.,W., Magnus, B., Stucky, B.D., Liu, Y., Quinn, H., Thissen, D., Gross, H.E., Huang, I., & DeWalt, D.A. (2014). Psychometric Properties of the PROMIS® Pediatric Scales: Precision, Stability, and Comparison of Different Scoring and Administration Options. Quality of Life Research, 23, 1233-1243.

Varni, J.,W., Thissen, D., Stucky, B.D., Liu, Y., Magnus, B., Quinn, H., Irwin, D.E., DeWitt, E.M., Lai, J-S., Amtmann, D., Gross, H.E., & DeWalt, D.A. (2014). PROMIS® parent proxy report scales for children ages 5-7 years: An item response theory analysis of differential item functioning across age groups. Quality of Life Research, 23, 349-361.

Thissen, D. (2013). Using the testlet response model as a shortcut to multidimensional item response theory subscore computation. In R.E. Millsap, L.A. van der Ark, D.M. Bolt, & C.M. Woods (Eds.) New developments in quantitative psychology—Presentations from the 77th Annual Psychometric Society Meeting (Pp. 29-40). New York, NY: Springer.

Lai, J.S., Stucky, B.D., Thissen, D., Varni, J.W., DeWitt, E.M., Irwin, D.E., Yeatts, K.B., DeWalt, D.A (2013). Development and psychometric properties of the PROMIS® Pediatric Fatigue item banks. Quality of Life Research, 22, 2417-2427.

DeWalt, D.A., Thissen, D., Stucky, B.D., Langer, M.M., DeWitt, E.M., Irwin, D.E., Lai, J.S., Yeatts, K.B., Gross, H.E., Taylor, O., Varni, J.W. (2013). PROMIS Pediatric Peer Relationships Scale: Development of a peer relationships item bank as part of social health measurement. Health Psychology, 32, 1093-1103.

Thissen, D., & Norton, S. (2013). What might changes in psychometric approaches to statewide testing mean for NAEP? In F.B. Stancavage & G.W. Bohrnstedt (Eds.), Examining the content and context of the Common Core State Standards: A first look at implications for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. San Mateo, CA: American Institutes for Research, NAEP Validity Studies Panel.

Thissen, D. (2013). The meaning of goodness of fit tests: Commentary on “Goodness-of-fit assessment of item response theory models”. Measurement, 11, 123-126.

Thissen-Roe, A., & Thissen, D. (2013) A two-decision model for responses to Likert-type items. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 38, 522-547.

Tian, W., Cai, L., Thissen, D., Xin, T. (2013). Numerical differentiation methods for computing error covariance matrices in item response theory modeling: An Evaluation and a new proposal. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 73, 412-439.

Steinberg, L., & Thissen, D. (2013). Item response theory. In J. Comer & P. Kendall (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of research strategies for clinical psychology (Pp. 336-373). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Gipson, D.S., Selewski, D.T., Massengill, S.F., Wickman, L., Messer, K.L., Herreshoff, E., Corinna, B., Ferris, M.F., Mahan, J.D., Greenbaum, L.A., MacHardy, J., Kapur, G., Chand, D.H., Goebel, J., Baletta, G.M., Geary, D., Kershaw, D.B., Pan, C.G., Gbadegesin, R., Hidalgo, G., Lane, J.C., Leiser, J.D., Plattner, B.W., Song, P.X., Thissen, D., Liu, Y., Gross, H.M., & DeWalt, D.A. (2013). Gaining the PROMIS perspective from children with nephrotic syndrome: a Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium study. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 11, 1-30.

Selewski, D.T., Collier, D.N., MacHardy, J., Gross, H.E., Pickens, E.M., Cooper, A.W., Bullock, S., Earls, M.F., Pratt, K.J., Scanlon, K., McNeill, J.D., Messer, K.L., Lu, Y., Thissen, D., DeWalt, D.A., & Gipson, D.S. (2013). Promising insights into the health related quality of life for children with severe obesity. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 11, 1-10.

Stucky, B.D., Thissen, D., & Edelen, M.O. (2013). Using logistic approximations of marginal trace lines to develop short assessments. Applied Psychological Measurement, 37, 41-57.

Liu, Y., & Thissen, D. (2012). Identifying local dependence with a score test statistic based on the bifactor logistic model. Applied Psychological Measurement, 36, 670-688.

Varni, J.W., Thissen, D., Stucky, B.D., Liu, Y., Gorder, H., Irwin, D.E., DeWitt, E.M., Lai, J-S, Antmann, D., & DeWalt, D.A. (2012). PROMIS® parent proxy report scales: An item response theory analysis of the parent proxy report item banks. Quality of Life Research, 21, 1223-1240.

Irwin, D.E., Stucky, B.D., Langer, M.M., Thissen, D., DeWitt, E.M., Lai, J-S, Yeatts, K.B., Varni, J.W., and DeWalt, D.A. (2012). PROMIS Pediatric Anger Scale: An item response theory analysis. Quality of Life Research, 21, 697-706.

Tassé, M.J., Schalock,R.L., Balboni, G., Bersani, Jr., H., Borthwick-Duffy, S.A., Spreat, S., Thissen, D., Widaman, K.F., Zhang, D. (2012). The construct of adaptive behavior: Its conceptualization, measurement, and use in the field of intellectual disability. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 117, 291-303.

Thissen, D. (2012). On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, with emphasis on validity issues. Examinations Research, 2, General No. 31, 66-76.

Irwin, D.E., Gross, H.E., Stucky, B.D., Thissen, D., DeWitt, E.M., Lai, J.S., Amtmann, D., Khastou, L., Varni, J., & DeWalt, D.A. (2012). Development of six PROMIS Pediatrics parent proxy-report item banks. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 10:22.

Thissen, D. (2012). Validity issues involved in cross-grade statements about NAEP results. Washington, DC: American Institutes for Research, NAEP Validity Studies Panel.

Edwards, M.C., Flora, D.B., & Thissen, D. (2012). Multi-stage computerized adaptive testing with uniform item exposure. Applied Measurement in Education, 25, 118-141.


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