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Lynch School of Education

Zhushan "Mandy" Li

associate professor, educational research, measurement, and evaluation

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Campion Hall
Room 336D


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

ERME Department


Ph.D., Psychometrics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. in Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. in Instructional Design and Instructional Technology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Expertise/ Interests:

Dr. Li has broad research interests in Psychometrics and educational research methods, including categorical data analysis, latent variable modelling, and educational measurement issues.  Her ongoing research projects study measurement models and estimation methods with the application to survey data, educational measurement data, and quality of life research data.

Selected Publications

Power and sample size calculations for logistic regression tests for differential item functioning. (Li, Z.)  Journal of Educational Measurement. (2014)

A power formula for the SIBTEST procedure for differential item functioning. (Li, Z.)  Applied Psychological Measurement.  (2014)

The effect size for simultaneous item bias test. (Li, Z.)  In JSM Proceedings, Social Statistics Section. Boston, MA: American Statistical Association.  (2014)

A generalized formula for the power of the Mantel-Haenszel test for differential item functioning. (Li, Z.)  Applied Psychological Measurement.  (2015)

Adolescent judgments and reasoning about the exclusion of peers with social disabilities. (with Bottema-Beutel, K.) Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.(in press)

Violence exposure and mental health among adolescents: The role of ethnic identity and help seeking. (with Tummala-Narra, P., Liu, T., & Wang, Y.)  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. (2013)

plRasch 1.0: Fit Log Linear by Linear Association models and Rasch family models. (with Hong, F.) R package available at (2013)

A stochastic method for balancing item exposure rates in computerized classification tests. (with Huebner, A.)  Applied Psychological Measurement. (2012)

Teachers’ technological readiness for online professional development: Evidence from the US e-Learning for educators initiative.  (with Reeves, T. ) Journal of Education for Teaching. (2012)

Individual and systemic factors in clinicians’ self-perceived cultural competence. (with Tummala-Narra, P. ,Singer, R., et al.)  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. (2012)

Using three legacy measures to develop a health-related quality of life tool for young adult survivors of childhood cancer. (with Huang, I., Quinn, G., et al.).Quality of Life Research. (2011)

Estimation of models in a Rasch family for polytomous items and multiple latent variables. (with  Anderson, C. J., & Vermunt, J. K. ). Journal of Statistical Software. (2007)


2012 National Council of Measurement in Education (NCME) Brenda Loyd Dissertation Award

2012 American Psychological Association (APA) Division 5 Distinguished Dissertation Award, Orlando, Florida.

2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Quantitative Dissertation Award, New Orleans, LA

2009 William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholarship from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2008 Best Junior Research Oral Presentation Award at the International Society of Psychometric Meeting, Durham, New Hampshire.

2008-2009 Jeffrey Tanaka Scholarship from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Selected Grants

2014 Research Expense grant. Role: Principal Investigator. Generalized Formula for Power and Sample Size for Logistic Regression DIF in the Context of Item Response Theory ($2000) Funded by Boston College, 2014-2015

2014 Academic Technology Innovation Grant.  Role: PI. Technology Enhanced Teaching: Animated Visual Demonstration of Statistical Concepts and Analysis ($13,000).  Funded by Boston College.

2012 NSF grant. Role: Co-Principal Investigator. DIP: Using dynamic formative assessment models to enhance learning of the experimental process in biology ($1,333,395).(PI: Meir, E., co-PI: Abraham, J.,Kopfer, E., Li, Z.) Funded by the National Science Foundation, 2012-2016.

2012 Research Incentive grant. Role: Principal Investigator. Explanatory item response theory models with multidimensional latent traits ($15,000). Funded by Boston College, 2012

2011 Research Expense grant. Role: Principal Investigator. Multi-category item response modeling in the context of outcome measurement ($2,000). Funded by Boston College, 2011-2012

2011 Teaching, Advising, Mentoring Expense grant ($1,126).  Funded by Boston College,2011

Selected Conferences Papers

Li, Z. (2014, April). The effect size for simultaneous item bias test.  Paper presented at the Joint Statistical Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.

Jiang, J., Li, Z. (2014, April). Application of multidimensional item response theory models in large-scale assessment: three-way comparisons on PISA data. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of New England Educational Research Organization, Dover, VT.

Li, Z. (2014, April).  Log-linear item response theory model for person-by-item interactions. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Li, Z. (2013, August).  A power formula for the SIBTEST procedure for differential item functioning.  Invited talk at the Department of Statistics at University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Li, Z. (2013, April).  Expanding applicability of explanatory item response models through a log-linear model framework. Invited talk at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, San Francisco, CA.



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