Barbara Dodd

Barbara Dodd

Professor, Director of Center for Psychometric Research

Quantitative Methods
Center for Psychometric Research


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 538L
Monday: 1:00 - 4:00
and by appointment

(512) 471-0188

(512) 471-1288

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Dr. Barbara Dodd is a professor and the director of the Center for Psychometric Research. Her research primarily investigates classical mental test theory and item response theory. In the past, Dr. Dodd served as Chair of the Quantitative Methods doctoral program. She has held positions in numerous national service committees related to measurement, such as the American Educational Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education. She is an editorial board member for the Journal of Computerized Testing and the Journal of Educational Measurement, among others.


B. A., Psychology, Trinity University, 1976

M. S., Experimental Psychology, Trinity University, 1978

Ph.D., Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods), The University of Texas at Austin, 1984

Representative Publications

Leroux, A. J., & Dodd, B. G. (2014). A comparison of stopping rules for computerized adaptive screening measure using the Rasch model. Journal of Applied Measurement, 15, 213-226.

Park, R., Kim, J., Chung, H., & Dodd, B. G. (2014). Enhancing pool utilization in constructing the multistage test using mixed-format tests. Applied Psychological Measurement, 38, 268-280.

Kim, J., & Dodd, B. G. (2014). Mixed-test Formats: Issues and Methods. In Yan, D., von Davier, A., & Lewis, C. (Eds.), Computerized Multistage Testing: Theory and Applications. Frances and Taylor.

Kim, J., Chung, H., Park, R., & Dodd, B. G. (2013). A comparison of panel designs with routing methods in the multistage test with the partial credit model. Behavior Research Methods, 45, 1087-1098.

Leroux, A. J., Lopez, M., Hembry, I., & Dodd, B. G. (2013). A comparison of exposure control procedures in CATs using the 3PL model. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 73, 857-974.

Recent Awards

Pearson Professorship in Psychometrics, 2011 – present

Dean’s Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010 – 2011

Appointed as a Fellow, Cissy McDaniel Parker Fellow Fund, 2008 – 2012

Appointed as a Fellow, A. M. Aikin Regents Chair in Junior and Community College Education Leadership, 2005 – 2008

Research Interests and Expertise

The research of Dr. Dodd examines the application of classical mental test theory and item response theory to attitude scaling, academic placement, adaptive testing, and standard settings.