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French, Brian F.


Educational Leadership, Sport Studies and Educational / Counseling Psychology
362 Cleveland Hall
Pullman, WA 99164-2136

(509) 335-8584

Curriculum Vitae


Research interests

Brian French’s research focuses on educational and psychological measurement issues. The first area concerns the application of psychometric methods to gather score validity evidence for instruments. The second area, informed by the first, is the use of methodological studies to evaluate and improve methods in terms of efficiency and accuracy used to gather test score validity evidence. A sample of topics of interest include: Measurement Invariance, Structural Equation Modeling, Item Response Theory, Classical Test Theory, Factor Analysis, Monte Carlo studies.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. French teaches courses in measurement/psychometrics, statistics, research methods, and quantitative methods.

Recent accomplishments

  • French, B. F., Hand, B., Therrien, W. J., & Valdivia Vazquez, J. A. (2012). Detectionof sex differential item functioning in the Cornell Critical Thinking Test. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 28, 201-207.
  • Finch, W. H., & French, B.F. (2012). A comparison of methods for estimatingconfidence intervals for omega squared effect size. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 72, 68-77.
  • Finch, W. H., & French, B. F. (2012). Parameter estimation with Mixture Item Response Theory Models:  A Monte Carlo comparison of Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian methods. Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, 11, 167-178.
  • Breidenbach, D. H., & French, B. F. (2012). A factor analytic study of the structure of the Brigance comprehensive inventory of basic skills-II. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30, 478-487.
  • Capobianco, B., French, B. F., & Diefus-Dux, H. (2012). Constructing measures for the engineering identity development scale (EIDS) among pre-adolescent learners. Journal of Engineering Education, 101, 698-716.
  • Duffin, L. C., French, B. F., & Patrick, H. (2012). A confirmatory factor analysis of pre-service teacher scores from the teachers’ sense of efficacy scale. Teaching and Teacher Education, 28, 827-834.
  • Trevisan, M. S., French, B. F., & Adesope, O. (2012). Including contextual factors in the reporting of school improvement. Washington Educational Research Journal. 5, 2-7
  •  Kirk, K. I., Prusick, L., French, B. F., Gotch, C. M., Eisenberg, L. S., & Young, N. (2012). Assessing spoken word recognition in children who are deaf or hard of hearing:  A translational approach. Journal of American Academy of Audiology, 23,464-475.
  •  French, B. F., & Finch, W. H. (2013). Extensions of Mantel-Haenszel for multilevel DIF detection. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 73, 648-671.
  •  French, B. F., & Gotch, C. M. (2013). Sex differences in item functioning in the comprehensive inventory of basic skills-II vocabulary assessments. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 31, 410-417.
  • Gotch, C. M., & French, B. F. (2013). Elementary teachers’ knowledge and self-efficacy for measurement concepts. The Teacher Educator, 48, 46-57.
  • Synder, S., French, B. F, Field, W. E., Tormoehlen, R., & Ess, D. (2013). Identification and validation of agricultural hazardous occupations order certification program instructor criteria and competencies. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54.
  • Barabasz, A., Barabasz, M., Christensen, C., French, B., & Watkins, J. G.  (2013).Efficacy of single session ego state therapy for Combat Stress Injury, PTSD, and ASD: A placebo controlled investigation, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61 1-19.
  •  Park, G-P., & French, B. F., (2013). Gender differences in the foreign language classroom anxiety scale. System, 41, 462-471.


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Purdue University
  • M.S., Educational Psychology,  Purdue University
  • B.A., Psychology and Spanish, Seattle University
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