Barbara Dodd

Barbara Dodd

Professor, Director of Center for Applied Psychometric Research

Quantitative Methods
Center for Psychometric Research


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 538L
Hours: Mon / Weds 1 - 2:30 PM or 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


Dr. Dodd teaches courses in psychometrics and is the Director of the Center for Applied Psychometric Research. Her research focuses on the application of item response theory to measurement issues in computer-based assessment, standard setting and placement decisions. Much of her research has involved the development of operational procedures for computer adaptive testing for polytomously-scored items. She was the Vice President of the Measurement and Research Methodology Division (D) of the American Educational Research Association from 2010 to 2012 and Secretary of Division D and Editor of d’news from 1999 to 2001. She was Editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement from 2002 to 2004 and has served on editorial boards for other measurement journals. She also serves on technical advisory committees for state departments of education and a number of national organizations.


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

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.

Boyd, A. M., Dodd, B. G., & Fitzpatrick, J. S. (2013). A comparison of exposure control procedures in CAT systems based on different measurement models for testlets. Applied Measurement in Education, 26, 113-135.

Ho, T. & Dodd, B. G. (2012). Item selection and ability estimation in computerized adaptive testing based on the generalized partial credit model. Applied Measurement in Education, 25, 305 – 326.

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.