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College of Education

Learning and Performance Research Center

The Psychometric Lab


Thao Thu Vo

Thao is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology. Her research interests include Assessment and Measurement, Psychometrics, and Research Methodology. Prior to entering the program, Thao earned her B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University.

Cihan Demir

Originally from Turkey, Cihan Demir is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program at WSU. In his research, he is interested in applying the following methodologies: psychometrics, specifically Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) and Item Response Theory (IRT).




Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Psychology program in the College of Education. Her research focuses on multimedia instructional design, learning strategies and techniques to enhance STEM learning at both middle school and college levels. She hopes to provide support to both educators and students within the classroom via her research.


Katie Barton

Katie Reilly

Katie is currently a doctoral candidate studying Educational Psychology. Her interests revolve around note-taking strategies and practices that can be influenced by environmental and social pressures in postsecondary education. She is an Academic Success Coach at Washington State University where she works with students to develop positive learning habits and strategies.

Oluwafemi Johnson Sunday smiling at camera.

Femi Johnson Sunday

Oluwafemi is currently a doctoral student studying Educational Psychology in the College of Education. His research focuses on multimedia instructional design, learning strategies, and STEM education. His interests cut across the use of multimedia in advancing early childhood, different instructional strategies, and how technology impacts mental health. Femi leverages quantitative techniques such as psychometrics, CFA, measurement invariance, SEM, and Monte Carlo approaches in his studies. He loves to provide an inclusive learning environment that promotes cognitive learning and students’ well-being.


Dustin Van Orman sitting on the ground while smiling upward at the camera.

Dustin Van Orman

Dustin Van Orman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Psychology program and instructor of ED PSYCH 401: Classroom Assessment in the Elementary Education program in the College of Education. His research focuses on where and how adults can learn languages best, and how to evaluate language proficiency. He has B.A. degrees in European Studies: Linguistics & Spanish, and Sociology from Seattle Pacific University, and an M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China.


Olufunso Oje

Funso is currently a master student in the Educational Psychology program at the College of Education. His research interests center around students’ affective learning outcomes and cognitive engagement, with a special focus on supporting students for academic and career success in STEM. He has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.

Samuel Aina

Samuel Aina is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Educational Psychology program. His background in teacher education, training development and instructional technology informed his research interests. His research focus is at the intersection of multimedia learning design, video study, teacher and teaching quality, mathematics education, teacher education reforms, evidence-based practices and meta analyses.

The Large-Scale Data Lab


Olasunkanmi Kehinde

Ola Kehinde is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at Washington State University with a background in applied mathematics and statistics. His research focus is at the intersection of assessment and measurement, psychometrics, large-scale assessment, cognitive diagnostic models (CDMs), multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling in social, medicine, and educational contexts.

Antranik Kirakosian

Effects of mental health and socio-emotional influences in higher education, cross-cultural research, structural equation modeling, measurement invariance, research methodology.