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Washington State University
College of Education

Shenghai Dai

Shenghai Dai

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology

Pullman Campus
Cleveland Hall 354
Pullman, WA  99164-2136

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Research Interests

My research interests mainly lie in the investigations of the performance and utility of current and emerging measurement frameworks that can provide formative and diagnostic information about student learning and achievement in various assessment settings. Particularly, I am interested in both methodological and applied aspects of (multidimensional) item response theory models, cognitive diagnostic models (CDMs), subscore reporting, differential item functioning (DIF), and large-scale assessment. I am also interested in applying statistical methods, such as missing data analysis, structural equation modeling, and multilevel modeling in broad social and educational contexts:

  • Psychometrics
    • Multidimensional Item Response theory
    • Cognitive Diagnostic Models
    • Large-Scale Assessment
    • Differential Item Functioning
  • Quantitative Methods
    • Structural Equation Modeling
    • Multivariate/Multilevel Modeling
    • Missing Data

  • Ph. D., Inquiry Methodology, Indiana University Bloomington
    • Specialization: Psychometrics & Quantitative Methodology
  • M. S., Applied Statistics, Indiana University Bloomington
  • M. A., Language Testing, Beijing Language and Culture University
  • B. A., Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Beijing Language and Culture University

  • ED_RES 565 Quantitative Research
  • ED_PSYCH 569 Seminar in Quantitative Techniques in Education
    • Multivariate Data Analysis (flyer)
  • ED_PSYCH 511 Classical and Modern Test Theory
  • ED_PSYCH 521 Topics in Educational Psychology
    • Data Management & Visualization (flyer)
  • ED_PSYCH 577 Item Response Theory (flyer)
  • ED_PSYCH 578 Advanced Item Response Theory
  • ED_PSYCH 579 Large-Scale Surveys in Education
  • ED_PSYCH 574 Seminar in Educational Psychology (Syllabus)
Selected Accomplishments

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Dai, S., French, B.F., Finch, W. H. (accepted). DIFplus: An R package for multilevel differential item functioning detection. Applied Psychological Measurement.
  • Zhang, X., Dai, S., & Ardasheva, Y. (2020). Contributions of (de)motivation, engagement, anxiety in English listening and speaking. Learning and Individual Differences, 79, 1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2020.101856
  • Dai, S., Wang, X., & Svetina, D. (2019). The application of minimum discrepancy estimation in the implementation of diagnostic classification models. Behaviormetrika. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s41237-019-00094-4
  • Higheagle Strong, Z., McMain, E.M., Frey, K.S., Wong, R.M., Dai, S., & Jin, G., (2019). Ethnically diverse adolescents recount third-party actions that amplify their anger and calm their emotions after perceived victimization. Journal of Adolescent Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0743558419864021
  • Liu, Z., Roggio, R., Day, D., Zheng, C., Dai, S., & Bian, Y. (2019). Leader development begins at home: Over-parenting harms adolescent leader emergence. Journal of Applied Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/apl0000402
  • Wang, X., Svetina, D., & Dai, S. (2019). Exploration of factors affecting the necessity of reporting test subscores. Journal of Experimental Education. 87(2), 179-192. doi:10.1080/00220973.2017.1409182
  • Dai, S., Svetina, D., & Chen, C. (2018). Investigation of Missing Responses in Q-Matrix Validation. Applied Psychological Measurement. 42(8), 660–676. doi: 10.1177/0146621618762742
  • Svetina, D., Feng, Y., Paulsen, J., Valdivia, M., Valdivia, A., & Dai, S. (2018). Examining DIF in the context of CDMs when the Q-matrix is Misspecified. Frontiers in Psychology (section Quantitative Psychology and Measurement). 9, 696. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00696
  • Dai, S., Svetina, D., & Wang, X. (2017). Reporting subscores using R: A software review. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics. 42(2), 617-638. doi: 10.3102/1076998617716462
  • Svetina, D., Dai, S., & Wang, X. (2017). Use of cognitive diagnostic model to study differential item functioning in accommodations. Behaviormetrika, 44(2), 313-349. doi:10.1007/s41237-017-0021-0.
  • Svetina, D., Valdivia, A., Underhill, S., Dai, S., & Wang, X. (2017). Recovery of parameters in multidimensional item response theory models under complexity and nonormality. Applied Psychological Measurement. 41(7), 530-544doi: 10.1177/0146621617707507.

Book Chapters

  • Brown, N., Dai, S., & Svetina, D. (2016). Analyzing NAEP data at the item level. In P. Kloosterman, D. Mohr, & C. Walcott (Ed.), What mathematics do students know and how is that knowledge changing? evidence from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. North Carolina. Information Age Publishing.
  • Brown, N., Svetina, D., & Dai, S. (2016). Analyzing NAEP data at the construct level. In P. Kloosterman, D. Mohr, & C. Walcott (Ed.), What mathematics do students know and how is that knowledge changing? evidence from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. North Carolina. Information Age Publishing.
  • Kloosterman, P., Walcott, C., Brown, N. J. S., Mohr, D., Perez, A., Dai, S., Roach, M., Wilson, L. D., & Huang, H. (2015). Using NAEP to analyze 8th grade students’ ability to reason algebraically. In Middleton, J. A., Cai, J., Hwang, S., (Eds.), Large-scale studies in mathematics education. New York. Springer.

Software Packages