Large-Scale Data Lab

The Large-Scale Data lab or the LSD lab is part of the Learning and Performance Research Center (LPRC) at WSU College of Education. The lab was created in May 2019 with the support from the LPRC, the 2019-2020 WSU College of Education High-Risk/High-Reward grant, and the 2019-2021 WSU New Faculty Seed Grant. Currently, it is co-directed by Drs. Shenghai Dai and Kira Carbonneau, both are faculty of WSU Educational Psychology.

The purpose of the LSD lab is to provide our faculty and students with a physical secured space required by confidential data licensing such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and other large-scale assessment and survey programs. Specifically, the lab has the capacity and personnel to support the storage and analysis for confidential large-scale data: (1) it is of high-security and currently holding restricted-use data licenses from the federal government; (2) it is equipped with standalone powerful computers and software that can handle big data, and (3) personnel have expertise in big-data analytics and quantitative methods, and also have experience collaborating with scholars across multiple fields.

If you are interested in working or studying in the LSD lab, please contact Shenghai Dai at or Kira Carbonneau at