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Washington State University
College of Education

Linda Mabry

Linda Mabry


Department of teaching and learning
vancouver campus
VUB 333
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA  98686


Research interests

Linda Mabry is an educational psychologist who specializes in the assessment of K-12 student achievement, program evaluation, and qualitative research methodology.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Mabry teaches courses in student assessment, educational psychology, and research methodology. Of particular interest are topics related to ethics, social responsibility, and validity in educational measurement and research cognition in educational psychology. Research and evaluation projects have been funded by (among others): Spencer Foundation / National Academy of Education, National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, United States Department of Education, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington Educational Research Association, Chicago Teachers Academy of Mathematics, Cleveland Children’s Museums, Proffitt Endowment.

Recent accomplishments

  • President-elect, Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN, 2010)
  • Board of Trustees, National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA 1998-2007)
  • Board of Directors, American Evaluation Association (AEA, 2002-04)
  • AEA task force chair, Public Response to federal proposal to prefer quantitative evaluation designs for federal funding (2003)
  • Named a major contributor to the field of evaluation, Encyclopedia of Evaluation (2004)

Five books and many other publications, including:

  • Mabry, L. (2010). Critical social theory evaluation: Slaying the dragon. New Directions for Evaluation.
  • Mabry, L. (2009). Case study methods in educational evaluation. In International Handbook of Educational Evaluation, B. Cousins & K. Ryan (Eds.). Newbury Park, CA:  Sage.
  • Mabry, L. (2008). Consequences of NCLB on evaluation purpose, design, and practice. New Directions for Evaluation, 119, 21-36.
  • Mabry, L. (2008). Ethics for social science in postmodern times. In Handbook of Social Research Ethics, D. Mertens & P. Ginsberg (Eds.). (pp. 107-120) Newbury Park, CA:  Sage.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, 1995. Specializations:  Performance assessment, Qualitaqtive and case study research methods, Program evaluation. Honors:  Outstanding dissertation award, Phi Delta Kappa; three Bagley fellowships; Spencer dissertation-year fellowship
  • M.S. Secondary Education, University of Illinois. Specializations: Computer-assisted instruction. Honors: James Scholar.
  • B.S. Elementary Education, University of Houston. Specialization: English / language arts.  Honors: magma cum laude, Outstanding graduating senior in Education.