Professor / Department Chair
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Dr. Betsy Jane Becker is a Professor of Measurement and Statistics and Department Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at the Florida State University College of Education, where she has been on faculty since Fall 2004.
Dr. Becker earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University in 1978. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from The University of Chicago in 1985, where she worked with Larry Hedges and completed a dissertation on combined probability methods for meta-analysis. Her dissertation won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in 1985.
Dr. Becker has published widely in the area of meta-analysis and also on psychometric issues in education. Her current research involves methods for synthesizing correlation matrices and regression slopes, and she is also involved in two synthesis projects regarding teacher knowledge and teacher qualifications. Dr. Becker and her collaborators currently have had four grants to support this work, through the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.
She is a founding member and Past President of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. She recently received the Mosteller Award from the Campbell Collaboration, an international organization whose goals include the promotion of evidence based analysis for policy making in the social sciences. She has served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the “What Works Clearinghouse.”
Dr. Becker is a member of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Design and Analysis Committee, as well as the State of Florida’s K-12 Assessment Technical Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and in the past has served as Associate Editor of Psychological Methods, and on the on the editorial boards of Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics and the Journal of the American Statistical Association’s Applications and Cases Section.