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Mark Davison

American Guidance Service, Inc./John P. Yackel Professorship in Educational Assessment and Measurement (1/1/2012 – 12/31/2015)
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1974

Educational Psychology
182 EdSciB

56 E River Pkwy
Tel: 612/624-1327

Research Interests

I teach introductory measurement and assessment, introductory statistics, and advanced psychometrics. My research interests include educational measurement, scaling (particularly multidimensional scaling) and the assessment of growth in educational settings. I am a fellow of the American Psychological Association, author of Multidimensional Scaling, editor of Applied Psychological Measurement, an editorial board member for the Journal of Adult Development, past-president of APA Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics), former chair of the APA committee on psychological testing and assessment, and co-director of the Minnesota Interdisciplinary Training in Education Research (MITER) Program. Students interested in full-time Ph.D. study and the application of interdisciplinary research to problems in education may be interested in the MITER Program.

Supplementary materials

LISREL syntax code for:
Mark L. Davison et al. (2003).Factor and Structural Equations Analyses of Within Person Trait and Ability Patterns: The Road Less Traveled.

Courses I teach

EPSY 5222—Measurement and Analysis: K-12 Education Accountability
EPSY 5261—Introductory Statistical Methods
EPSY 8221—Psychological Scaling
EPSY 8222—Advanced Measurement: Theory and Application
EPSY 8290—Special Topics: Seminar in Psychological Foundations
EPSY 8993—Directed Study: Educational Psychology


Selected Publications

  1. Davison, M. L., Jew, G., & Davenport, E. C. Jr. (2014).  Patterns of SAT Scores, Choice of STEM Major, and Gender.  Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 2014, 47, 118 – 126. 

  2. Davison, M. L., Chang, Y-F., & Davenport, E. C. Jr. (2014).  Modeling Configural Patterns in Latent Variable Profiles: Association with an Endogenous Variable.  Structural Equation Modeling, 2014, 21, 81 – 93.  

  3. Froiland, J. M. & Davison, M. L. (2014). Parental expectations and school relationships as contributors to adolescents’ positive outcomes. Social Psychology of Education, 17, 1-17. doi:10.1007/s11218-013-9237-3

  4. Froiland, J. M. & Davison, M. L. (in press). Home literacy,television viewing, fidgeting and ADHD in young children.  Educational Psychology. doi:10.1080/01443410.2014.963031

  5. Davenport, E. C. Jr., Davison, M. L., Wu, Y-C., Kim, S-K., Kuang, H., Kwak, N., Chan, C-K., & Ayodele, A. (2013).  Number of courses, content of courses, and prior achievement related to ethnic achievement gaps in mathematics.  Journal of Educational Leadership in Action, 2013 2, Retrieved from

  6. Froiland, J. M., Peterson, A., & Davison, M. L. (2013). The long-term effects of early parent involvement and parent expectation in the USA. School Psychology International, 2013, 34, 33 – 50.  

  7. Davison, M. L., Zieffler,  A., Cabrero, S., Karl, S., & Cohen, H. S. (2012).  Automated assembly of an optimal paired comparisons questionnaire.  Behavior Research Methods, 2012, 44, 753 – 764.  

  8. Davison, M. L., Semmes,  R.,  Huang, L., & Close, C. N. (2012).  On the reliability and validity of a numerical reasoning speed dimension derived from response times collected in computerized testing.  Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2012, 72, 245 – 263. 

  9. Davison, M. L., Kim, S-K., & Close, C. (2009).  Factor analytic modeling of within person variation in score profiles.  Multivariate Behavioral Research, 2009, 44, 668 – 687.  

  10. Hypothesis Generation in Latent Growth Curve Modeling Using Principal Components. Journal of Educational Research. (Invited; special issue).

  11. Confirmatory Profile Analysis via Multidimensional Scaling (PAMS) (2007, in press). Multivariate Behavioral Research. (with S. Kim & C. L. Frisby).

  12. Ding, C. S., Davison, M. L., & Petersen, A. C. (2005). Multidimensional scaling analysis of growth and change. Journal of Educational Measurement, 42, 171-191.

  13. Kim, S., Frisby, C. L., & Davison, M. L. (2004). Estimating cognitive profiles using profile analysis via multidimensional scaling (PAMS). Multivariate Behavioral Research, 39(4), 595 – 624.

  14. Davison, M. L., Davenport, E., Seok, Seo, Y., Butterbaugh, D., & Davison, L. J. (2004). When do children fall behind? What can be done? Phi Delta Kappan, 85(10), 752 – 761.

  15. Davison, M. L. (2002).  Identifying criterion-related patterns of predictor scores using multiple regression. Psychological Methods, 2002, 7(4), 468-484.    

  16. Davison, M. L., Kwak, N., Seok-Seo, Y., & Choi, J. (2002). Using hierarchical linear models to examine moderator effects: Person by organization interactions. Organizational Research Methods, 5, 231-254.