Education

Ph.D. in Educational Research, Statistics & Evaluation, University of Virginia, Virginia, USA (2011- 2015)
Advisor: Timothy Konold, Ph.D. Professor and Program Coordinator, RSE

M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, University of Houston, Texas, USA (December 2010)
Department of Educational Psychology 

M.Sc. in Solid State Physics, Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India (April 2007)
Department of Physics

B.Sc. in Physics, St. Xavier’s College, Gujarat University, Gujarat, India (April 2005)


Advanced Methodological Training 

Coursework:

  • Multivariate Statistics: MANOVA, MANCOVA, Discriminant Functional Analysis, Factor Analysis (exploratory and confirmatory)
  • Structural Equation Modeling: Path Analysis, Structural Models, Multi-group CFA, Measurement Invariance, Mediation & Moderation Analysis, Longitudinal Growth Modeling
  • Multilevel Modeling (Hierarchical Linear Modeling)
  • Fields Experiments using Randomized Control Trials
  • Causal Inference using Experimental and Quasi-experimental designs: Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), Natural Experiments, Difference-in-difference, Interrupted Time Series, Instrumental Variables, Regression Discontinuity, Matching Strategies
  • Measurement Theory: Classical Testing Theory, Generalizability Theory, & Item Response Theory
  • Fundamentals of Item Response Theory (IRT; also called Latent Trait Analysis)
  • Survey Design and Instrument Construction
  • Data Management for Analysis using STATA   
  • Social and Educational Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Workshops:

Introduction to Finite Mixture Modeling at the University of Maryland (December 4-6, 2013)

  • Instructor: Professor Jeffrey Harring, University of Maryland 

Meta-Analysis at the University of Virginia (July 8-10, 2013)

  • Instructor: Professor Elizabeth Tipton, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Hierarchical Linear Modeling at the University of Virginia (May 29-31, 2012)

  • Instructor: Professor Allison Atteberry, University of Virginia.


Computer Skills

Statistical Programs:  SPSS, AMOS, STATA, Mplus, HLM, JMetrik, Winsteps, & R.

Proficient in Microsoft Office

Sound Mixing: Adobe Audition