Meet Our Graduate Students

Annual Back-to-School Picnic Group Photo

Pictured here are some of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their family members who gathered for the 2016 Back-to-School Picnic.

Our students are part of what make the Psychometrics program special. They come from across the country and around the globe, bringing a wide variety of skills, experience, and passions with them. 

Doctoral Students

Photo of Paris Adkins-JacksonParis Adkins-Jackson
MPH in Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
MA in Anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
BA in Journalism, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
My research interests include the use of multidisciplinary research strategies to create and strengthen instruments that assess health behaviors and increase quality of life for communities in need. My dissertation research involves the psychometric analyses of a current self-care assessment and the tailoring this scale to be culturally-responsive to Black women. The assessment is designed to used as an intervention to unhealthy psychoemotional, spiritual, and physical practices. I consider myself to be a community-focused and participatory individual. Being a part of a community and giving back are essential for me. I do this as an educator in Anthropology and Research Methods and as a research consultant. Both teaching and conducting research are connected to my life's mission to always tell the stories that inspire and create change. I feel a part of the global community and would like to ensure I spend my career always grounded in the world. I can be reached at

Photo of Maisaa AlahmadiMaisaa Alahmadi
MEd in Educational Measurement and Evaluation, Taibah University, Saudi Arabia
BS in Mathematics, King Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
Being a student in the graduate program in Psychometrics at Morgan State University opens my mind and brings me new ideas as a researcher every day on different topics. My research interests are focusing on three areas: First, university placement testing and the validity of these tests for international student. Second, looking at computerize testing, computer-adaptive testing and pencil-and-paper testing. In addition, I am very interested in using item response theory (IRT) and its different applications.

Photo of Sabree BarnesSabree Barnes
Certification in Administration and Supervision, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD
MS in Education, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
BA in English, Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD
I believe education is a determinant for quality of life and a means of reviving communities. This idea is reflected in my research interests which include the measurement of 21st century school effectiveness, the application of design thinking for school improvement, and program evaluation. I aspire to be a researcher and evaluator of innovative educational practices that would ultimately influence educational reform policies. My career in education began in 2002 as a secondary English teacher. I currently serve as the Campus Services administrator at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School. I am a New Leader for New Schools alumna and 2017 Education Pioneers fellow. I enjoy cooking, reading, coloring, and spending time with family.

Eric Boorman
MA in Experimental Psychology, Towson University, Towson, MD
BS in Psychology, Towson University, Towson, MD
AA in Psychology, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD
My research interests include the use of experimental methodologies, psychometrics, item response theory, and data mining. More specifically, my current research involves the use of item response theory to assess constructs related to religiosity and spirituality. I have used advanced qualitative methods and association rule mining to examine religion and spirituality.

Photo of Brittany BoydBrittany Boyd
MS in Experimental Psychology, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
BA in Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
My research interests include stereotype threat activation, efficacy of out-of-school programs on classroom performance, and STEM perceptions of underrepresented youth. I am specifically interested in how different types of out-of-school STEM programs impact minority students. I can be reached at

Photo of Mona CalhounMona Calhoun
MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling, Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD
MS in Healthcare Administration, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
BS in Health Information Management, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
My research interests are related to accommodations provided to students with learning disabilities in university settings. In particular, I am interested in validating and developing assessments related to these students' experiences and investigating the ways in which universities can support and engage them. In my personal time, I enjoy traveling, reading, singing, shopping, exercising and dancing. I love spending time with my three daughters and watching them blossom into three beautiful (and very different) young women (my poor husband!).

Photo of Yvette JacksonYvette Jackson
MA in STEM Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
BS in Chemistry, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Yvette's educational objective is to conduct research in the area of metacognition, educational testing and teacher reform practices in STEM education. In addition, she is interested in conducting research on the most accurate and reliable methodologies utilized to develop formative and summative assessments aligned to new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core.

Photo of Tonya TaylorTonya Taylor
MA in Counseling Psychology, Bowie State University, Bowie MD
BA in Psychology, Trinity Washington University, Washington, DC
Tonya's research interests include culturally competent psychological assessment and educational testing of minorities. Through her research, she is also interested in addressing the stigma that is may be felt by members of communities of color when they seek professional psychological services. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Master's Students

Photo of Christopher GonceroChristopher Angelo Goncero
MA in Special Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
BS in Secondary Education, Bicol University, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines
Christopher Angelo's areas of interest for research include identifying effective teaching strategies and methods that would develop students' skills related to secondary math classes and positively impact their performance in the classrooms. Additionally, he is interested in promoting educational success of high school students with special educational needs who are enrolled in inclusive classrooms in their core-subject classes. Chris has been teaching secondary Math courses such Algebra and Geometry in a public high school in Baltimore City. During summer, he loves to travel with his family or friends; some of the places he has visited include the Grand Canyon, Key West, and Niagara Falls! He can be reached at

Elana Levine
BS in Psychology, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
My research interests include the psychometrics of cross-cultural assessments. For my Master's Thesis, I am evaluating measures of cross-cultural perceptions among residents of four East Asian countries through the use of Rasch measurement techniques and exploratory factor analysis. I serve as a Graduate Research Assistant and Near Peer Mentor for the ASCEND Center for Biomedical Research. Outside of school, I enjoy learning new languages, cultures, and traveling.

Zachary Stimely
BA in Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
My research interests radiate from the power of stories: the effects of literacy and literature on a person. My current project is an investigation of the effect of literacy on inmates' recidivism rate. Unsurprisingly, my personal interests also revolve around stories and various ways to tell them, from books to video games. I write fiction from novels to short plays to a Barenaked Ladies jukebox musical, and I adore musical theatre. I can be reached at

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