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W. Jake Thompson

Psychometrician & R Developer

Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

2018 - 2014

  • Dissertation: “Evaluating Model Estimation Processes for Diagnostic Classification Models”
  • Advisor: Neal Kingston
  • Emphasis: Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics

B.S., Behavioral Neuroscience

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

2014 - 2010

  • Honors Thesis: “Dissociating Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Unipolar Depression”
  • Advisor: Evangelia G. Chrysikou
  • Minor: Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology
  • Highest Distinction, with University and Departmental Honors

Employment

Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems (ATLAS), University of Kansas

Senior Psychometrician

Lawrence, KS

present - August 2014

Position History

  • Senior Psychometrician (April 2019–present)
  • Psychometrician (April 2018–April 2019)
  • Assistant Psychometrician (January 2016–April 2018)
  • Graduate Research Assistant (August 2014–January 2016)

Jake Thompson Consulting

Statistical Consultant

Kansas City, KS

present - January 2015

  • Provide statistical and methodological consultations
  • Selected projects include: analyzing data for research labs at the University of Kansas Medical Center; providing recommendations for the implementation of evidence centered design to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing; estimating growth projecions for JNA Advertising.

Publications

Measuring the reliability of diagnostic mastery classifications at multiple levels of reporting

Thompson, W. J., Clark, A. K., & Nash, B. (2019). Measuring the reliability of diagnostic mastery classifications at multiple levels of reporting. Applied Measurement in Education, 32, 298–309. doi:10.1080/08957347.2019.1660345

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2019

Construct irrelevance

Thompson, W. J. (2018). Construct irrelevance. In B. B. Frey (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (pp. 375–376). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi:10.4135/9781506326139.n143

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2018

Visualizing differentt levels of compensation in multidimensional item response theory

Thompson, W. J. (2017). Visualizing differentt levels of compensation in multidimensional item response theory. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 36, 3. doi:10.1111/emip.12179

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2017

Assessing cognitive and affective empathy through the Interpersonal Reactivity Index: An argument against a two-factor model

Chrysikou, E. G. & Thompson, W. J. (2016). Assessing cognitive and affective empathy through the Interpersonal Reactivity Index: An argument against a two-factor model. Assessment, 23, 769–777. doi:10.1177/1073191115599055

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2016

Dynamic assessment routing

Thompson, W. J., Nash, B., Clark, A. K., & Karvonen, M. (2016). Dynamic assessment routing. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 35, 33. doi:10.1111/emip.12114

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Conference Presentations

Model fit for diagnostic classification models

Thompson, W. J. & Hoover, J. C. (2020, June). Model fit for diagnostic classification models. Paper to be presented at the Modern Modeling Methods Conference, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

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2020

Diagnostic assessment: DIF detection from binary and aggregate mastery classifications

Hoover, J. C., Thompson, W. J., Clark, A. K., & Nash, B. (2020, April). Diagnostic assessment: DIF detection from binary and aggregate mastery classifications. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

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Technical evidence for diagnostic assessments

Thompson, W. J., Clark, A. K., & Nash, B. (2020, April). Technical evidence for diagnostic assessments. In W. J. Thompson (Chair), Diagnostic Assessments: Moving From Theory to Practice. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

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Comparing reliability methods for diagnostic mastery classifications

Thompson, W. J., Nash, B., & Clark, A. K. (2020, April). Comparing reliability methods for diagnostic mastery classifications. Paper to be presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

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Branding and packaging reports with R Markdown

Thompson, W. J. & Pablo, N. (2020, January). Branding and packaging reports with R Markdown. Talk presented at rstudio::conf(2020), San Francisco, CA.

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Empirical methods for evaluating maps: Illustrations and results

Thompson, W. J. & Nash, B. (2019, April). Empirical methods for evaluating maps: Illustrations and results. In M. Karvonen (Chair), Beyond Learning Progressions: Maps as Assessment Architecture. Paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting, Toronto, Canada.

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2019

A hierarchical IRT model for identifying group-level aberrant growth

Brussow, J. A., Skorupski, W. P., & Thompson, W. J. (2018, April). A hierarchical IRT model for identifying group-level aberrant growth. Paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting, New York, NY.

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2018

Using simulation to evaluate retest reliability of assessment results

Nash, B., Clark, A. K., & Thompson, W. J. (2018, April). Using simulation to evaluate retest reliability of assessment results. Paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting, New York, NY.

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Measuring reliability of student mastery classifications and multiple levels

Thompson, W. J., Clark, A. K., & Nash, B. (2018, April). Measuring reliability of student mastery classifications and multiple levels. Paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting, New York, NY.

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A hierarchical IRT model for identifying group-level aberrant growth

Brussow, J. A., Skorupski, W. P., & Thompson, W. J. (2017, September). A hierarchical IRT model for identifying group-level aberrant growth. Poster presented at the Conference on Test Security, Madison, WI.

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2017

Creating an R package for a reproducible workflow in educational assessment

Thompson, W. J. (2017, July). Creating an R package for a reproducible workflow in educational assessment. Poster accepted at the annual useR! conference, Brrussels, Belgium.

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Evaluating an initialization tool for student placement into a map-based assessment

Nash, B. & Thompson, W. J. (2017, April). Evaluating an initialization tool for student placement into a map-based assessment. Paper presented at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting, San Antonio, TX.

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Pitavastatin lowers plasma levels of COQ10 less than equipotent doses of rosuvastatin or atorvastatin

Moriarty, P. M., Sponseller, C. A., Backes, J., Ruisinger, J., Sehar, N., Denney, L., Thompson, W. J., & Wick, J. A. (2016, July). Pitavastatin lowers plasma levels of COQ10 less than equipotent doses of rosuvastatin or atorvastatin. Poster presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, Rome, Italy.

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2016

Pitavastatin lowers plasma levels of COQ10 less than equipotent doses of rosuvastatin or atorvastatin

Moriarty, P. M., Sponseller, C. A., Backes, J., Ruisinger, J., Sehar, N., Denney, L., Thompson, W. J., & Wick, J. A. (2016, June). Pitavastatin lowers plasma levels of COQ10 less than equipotent doses of rosuvastatin or atorvastatin. Poster presented at the Symposium of the International Atherosclerosis Society: “Anitschkow” Days, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Dissociating cognitive and affective empathy

Thompson, W. J. & Chrysikou, E. G. (2014, May). Dissociating cognitive and affective empathy. Poster presented at the University of Kansas Symposium for Undergraduate Psychology Engagement and Research, Lawrence, KS.

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2014

Dissociating cognitive and affective empathy

Thompson, W. J. & Chrysikou, E. G. (2014, April). Dissociating cognitive and affective empathy. Talk presented at the University of Kansas Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lawrence, KS.

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Getting into a character’s head: The role of reading fiction vs. non-fiction in empathy

Ramey, C. H. & Thompson, W. J. (2013, November). Getting into a character’s head: The role of reading fiction vs. non-fiction in empathy. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society annual meeting, Toronto, Canada.

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2013

Dissociating cognitive and affective emapthy: Implications for mood disorders

Thompson, W. J. & Chrysikou, E. G. (2013, November). Dissociating cognitive and affective emapthy: Implications for mood disorders. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society annual meeting, Toronto, Canada.

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Transcranial direct current stimulation as a possible intervention tool for emotion regulation in depression

Chrysikou, E. G., Thompson, W. J., Hanson, G. K., Martin, L. E., & Ingram, R. E. (2013, June). Transcranial direct current stimulation as a possible intervention tool for emotion regulation in depression. Poster presented at the Integrating Technology in Translational Research Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

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Color pleasantness modulated by physiological arousal

Thompson, W. J., Burda, K., Jamison, A., & Supica, D. (2013, May). Color pleasantness modulated by physiological arousal. Poster presented at the University of Kansas Symposium for Undergraduate Psychology Engagement and Research, Lawrence, KS.

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Performance, competency, and career level among physicians in a treatment program

Gorey, C. M., Thompson, W. J., Vickers, K. L., Williams, M. V., & Williams, B. W. (2013, April). Performance, competency, and career level among physicians in a treatment program. Poster presented at the Federation of State Medical Boards annual meeting, Boston, MA.

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Competency, diagnosis, and career level among physicians in a treatment program

Williams, B. W., Gorey, C. M., Thompson, W. J., Vickers, K. L., & Williams, M. V. (2013, April). Competency, diagnosis, and career level among physicians in a treatment program. Poster presented at the Federation of State Medical Boards annual meeting, Boston, MA.

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Technical Reports

Bayesian psychometrics for diagnostic assessments: A proof of concept

Thompson, W. J. (2019). Bayesian psychometrics for diagnostic assessments: A proof of concept. (Research Report No. 19-01). Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems.

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2019

Instructionally embedded assessment: Patterns of use and outcomes

Clark, A. K., Thompson, W. J., & Karvonen, M. (2019). Instructionally embedded assessment: Patterns of use and outcomes. (Technical Report No. 19-01). Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Accessible Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Systems.

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R Packages

dlmr: The Dynamic Learning Maps psychometric operational workflow

Thompson, W. J. (2020). dlmr: The Dynamic Learning Maps psychometric operational workflow. R package version 2.0.0.

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2020

ratlas: ATLAS formatting functions and templates

Thompson, W. J., Pablo, N., & Hoover, J. (2020). ratlas: ATLAS formatting functions and templates. R package version 0.0.0.9000. https://github.com/atlas-aai/ratlas

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jayhawkdown: A bookdown template for University of Kansas dissertations

Thompson, W. J. (2019). jayhawkdown: A bookdown template for University of Kansas dissertations. R package version 1.0.0. https://github.com/wjakethompson/jayhawkdown

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2019

rstandlm: Bayesian psychometrics for Dynamic Learning Maps

Thompson, W. J. (2019). rstandlm: Bayesian psychometrics for Dynamic Learning Maps. R package version 1.0.0.

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Tutorials and Workshops

Using R for item response theory

Thompson, W. J. (2020, February). Using R for item response theory. Guest lecture presented to the Item Response Theory (EPSY 922) course, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

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2020

Tidy data science

Thompson, W. J. (2019, May). Tidy data science. Five-day workshop presented as part of Stats Camp: Summer Statistical Institute, hosted by the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis and the Achievement and Assessment Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. https://tidy-ds.wjakethompson.com

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2019

Psychometric considerations for learning maps-based assessments

Thompson, W. J., Nash, B., & Clark, A. K. (2019, February). Psychometric considerations for learning maps-based assessments. Talk given to the Educational Psychology Proseminar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. https://www.wjakethompson.com/talk/2019-02-22-epsy896-proseminar/

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Introduction to ggplot2

Thompson, W. J. (2017, March). Introduction to ggplot2. Tutorial given to the Statistical Computing (POLS 909) course, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. https://github.com/wjakethompson/pols-909-ggplot2

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2017

Data visualization using ggplot2

Thompson, W. J. (2016, October). Data visualization using ggplot2. Tutorial given to the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics graduate seminar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. https://github.com/wjakethompson/ggplot2-seminar-talk

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2016

Data manipulation in R: Using and transforming your data

Thompson, W. J. (2015, October). Data manipulation in R: Using and transforming your data. Tutorial given at the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

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2015

Statistical analysis in sports

Thompson, W. J. (2015, October). Statistical analysis in sports. Talk given to the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics graduate seminar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. https://speakerdeck.com/wjakethompson/statistical-analysis-in-sports

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Data mining in R: Answering questions about your data

Thompson, W. J. (2015, September). Data mining in R: Answering questions about your data. Tutorial given at the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

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Using transcranial direct current stimulation for the treatment of mood disorders

Thompson, W. J. & Chrysikou, E. G. (2013, November). Using transcranial direct current stimulation for the treatment of mood disorders. Talk given to the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center Neuroimaging Journal Club, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. https://speakerdeck.com/wjakethompson/using-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-mood-disorders

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2013

Awards

Currently Funded Grants

  • Other Personnel: Innovations in Science Map, Assessment, and Reporting Technology (I-SMART) (2016–2020). USED, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. PI: Meagan Karvonen.

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Grants Under Review

  • Principal Investigator: Improving Software and Methods for Estimating and Evaluating Diagnostic Classification Models (2020–2022). USED, Institute of Education Sciences; $225,000.
  • Other Personnel: Paths to Success: The Relationship of Academic and Career Skills to Postsecondary Employment Outcomes for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (2020–2024). USED, Institute of Education Sciences. PI: Gail Tiemann.

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Unfunded Grants

  • Principal Investigator: Improving Software and Methods for Estimating and Evaluating Diagnostic Classification Models (2019–2021). USED, Institute of Education Sciences; $225,000.

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Professional Awards

  • Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice Cover Showcase Winner (2017)
  • Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice Cover Showcase Top 10 (2016)
  • Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship (2014–2018)
  • University of Kansas Department of Psychology Best Honors Thesis (2014)
  • Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate in Psychology (2014)
  • Dane G. Hansen Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship (2010–2014)

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Service

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (2015–present)
    • Division D: Measurement and Research Methodology
    • SIG: Cognition and Assessment
  • American Statistical Association (2019–present)
    • Sections: Bayesian Statistical Science, Statistical Computing, Statistics in Sports
  • National Council on Measurement in Education (2015–present)
    • Student Representative, Diversity and Testing Committee (2015)

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Reviewer

  • Behaviormetrika (2019–present)
  • International Journal of Research in Education and Science (2019–present)
  • Journal of Open Source Software (2019–present)
  • National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting (2019–present)
  • American Educational Research Association, Division H, Outstanding Publications (2019)

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