Biography of Dr. Susan E. Embretson
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Susan E. Embretson is Professor of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she serves as Director for the Quantitative Psychology Program. Her primary specialization is psychometric methods and individual differences. She has published numerous papers on item response theory, cognitive measurement and intelligence. She also authored a best selling graduate textbook, Item Response Theory for Psychologists (2000, with S. Reise), as well as several edited volumes on measurement and test design.

Embretson has been recognized nationally and internationally for her programmatic research on integrating cognitive theory into psychometric models and test design. She was the 1994-1997 recipient of the Technical and Scientific Contribution Award from the National Council on Measurement and Education. In 2001, she received the Distinguished Scientist Award from American Psychological Association Division (5) for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics for research and theory on item generation from cognitive theory. Embretson has also served as president for three societies in her area of specialization: the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology (1998), the Psychometric Society (1999) and the American Psychological Association Division (5) for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics. Recently, she has completed a four-year project on developing cognitive models for a large-volume test of quantitative and mathematical reasoning.

Embretson has served on numerous technical advisory committees on testing and measurement. These committees include the Technical Advisory Committee on Student Assessment for the Georgia Department of Education (2005-present), the Technical Review Committee on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery for the Department of Defense (2005-2006), the Technical Advisory Committee for Graduate Record Exam (2000-present), Technical Review Committee for the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (2000-2003 and 1990-1993), the Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment for the American Psychological Association (1992-1995), Visiting Committee for Educational Testing Service (1991-1993), and the congressionally-mandated Defense Advisory Committee on Military Personnel Testing (1986-1989).

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