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Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: 612-624-6083

Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

Tel: 612-624-6083
Fax: 612-624-8241

Mark L. Davison


American Guidance Service, Inc./John P. Yackel Professorship in Educational Assessment and Measurement (1/1/2012 – 12/31/2015)

Educational Psychology
182 EdSciB
56 E River Pkwy

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1974

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
(all EPSY courses)

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


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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Davison, M. L. & Davenport, E. C., Jr. (2002). Identifying criterion-related patterns of predictor scores using multiple regression. Psychological Methods, 7(4), 468-484.

  7. 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.

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