Dr. Yan Liu joined ECPS as an Assistant Professor (grant tenure track) in advanced quantitative methods in July, 2016. Dr. Liu previously held a position as a Lecturer and Assessment Fellow at Harvard University and is an Alumni.  Her research interests include psychometrics,  causal modeling, measurement issues (e.g., outliers, missing values), and educational assessment.  

Selected Publications:

Liu, Y., Kim, C., Wu, A. D., Gustafson, P., Kroc, E., & Zumbo, B. D. (in press). Investigating the performance of propensity scores approaches for differential item functioning analysis. Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods.

Beauchamp, M., Bennett, E., Clarke, L. H., Wolf, S.A., Dunlop, W., Liu, Y., Estabrooks, P., Rhodes, R., & Harden, S. (in press). Older adults’ experiences of group-based physical activity: A qualitative study from the ‘GOAL’ randomized controlled trial. Submitted to Psychology of Sport & Exercise.

Pullman, A. *, Chen, M. *, Zou, D. *, Hives, B. *, & Liu, Y. (2018). Researching multiple publics through latent profile analysis: Similarities and differences in science and technology attitudes in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Public Understanding of Science, 1-16. doi: 10.1177/0963662518791902

Beauchamp, M. R., Ruissen, G.R., Dunlop, W. L., Estabrooks, P. A. Harden, S.,M, Wolf, S. A., Liu, Y., Schmader, T., Puterman, E., Sheel, A. W., & Rhodes, R.E., (2018). Group-based physical activity for older adults (GOAL) randomized controlled trial: Exercise adherence outcomes. Health Psychology, 37(5), 451-461.

Wu, A. D., Liu, Y. Stone, J. E., Zou, J., & Zumbo, B. D. (2017). Is Difference in Measurement Outcome between Groups Differential Responding, Bias or Disparity? A Methodology for Detecting Bias and Impact from an Attributional Stance. Frontiers in Education, Section: Assessment, Testing and Applied Measurement, 2:39.

Liu, Y., Zumbo, B.D., Gustafson, P., Huang, Y., Kroc, E., & Wu, A.D. (2016). Investigating Causal DIF via Propensity Score Methods. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 21(13), 1-24. URL:

Cox, D., Bjornsen, A. L., Krieshok, T. S., & Liu, Y. (2016). Occupational Engagement and Academic Major Satisfaction: Vocational Identity’s Mediating Role. The Career Development Quarterly.

Wu, A. D., Stone, J. E., Liu, Y. (2016). Developing a Validity Argument through Abductive Reasoning with an Empirical Demonstration of the Latent Class Analysis. International Journal of Testing. DOI: 10.1080/15305058.2015.1057826

Zumbo, B.D., Liu, Y., Wu, A.D., Shear, B.R., Astivia, O.L.O. & Ark, T.K. (2015). A Methodology for Zumbo’s Third Generation DIF Analyses and the Ecology of Item Responding. Language Assessment Quarterly, 12(1), 136-151.

Bourne, J.*, Liu, Y., Shields, C. A., Jackson, B., Zumbo, B. D., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2015). The Relationship between Transformational Teaching and Adolescent Physical Activity: The Mediating Roles of Personal and Relational Efficacy Beliefs. Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 132-143.

Beauchamp, M. R., Harden, S.,M, Wolf, S. A., Rhodes, R. E., Liu, Y., Dunlop, W. L., Schmader, T., Sheel, A. W., Zumbo, B. D., Estabrooks, P. A. (2015). GrOup based physical Activity for oLder adults (GOAL) randomized controlled trial: Study protocol. BMC Public Health, 15 (295).

Liu,Y., Zumbo, B. D., & Wu, A. D. (2014). Relative Importance of Predictors in Multilevel Modeling, Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, 13(1), 2-22. doi:

Beauchamp, M.R., Liu, Y, Morton, K.L., Martin, L. J., Wilson, A. H., Wilson, A. J., Sylvester, B. D., Zumbo, B. D., & Barling, J. (2014). Transformational teaching and adolescent physical activity: Multilevel and mediational effects. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21, 537-546. doi: 10.1007/s12529-013-9321-2

Wilson, J.*, Liu, Y., Keith, S. E., Wilson, A. H., Kermer, L. E., Zumbo, B. D., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2012). Transformational teaching and children psychological needs satisfaction, motivation, and engagement in elementary school physical education. Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology, 1(4), 215-230.

Yiu, J.*, Miller, W., Eng, J., & Liu, Y. (2012). Longitudinal analysis of balance confidence in individuals with stroke using a multilevel model for change. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 26(8), 999-1006. 

Liu, Y., & Zumbo, B. D. (2012). Impact of outliers arising from unintended and unknowingly included subpopulations on the decisions about the number of factors in exploratory factor analysis. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 72(3), 388-414. 

Liu, Y., Zumbo, B. D., & Wu, A. D. (2012). A Demonstration of the Impact of Outliers on the Decisions about the Number of Factors in Exploratory Factor Analysis. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 72(2), 181-199.

Miller, L. D., Laye-Gindhu, A., Liu, Y., March, J. S., Thordarson, D. S., & Garland, E. J. (2011). Evaluation of a preventive intervention for child anxiety in two randomized attention-control school trials. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49(5), 315-323.

Miller, L.D., Laye-Gindhu, A., Bennett, J., Liu Y., Gold, S., March, J., Olson, B., & Waechtler, V. (2011). An effectiveness study of a culturally enriched school-based CBT anxiety prevention program. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40(4), 618-629.

Liu, Y., Wu, A. D., & Zumbo, B. D. (2010). The impact of outliers on Cronbach’s Coefficient Alpha estimate of reliability: Ordinal/Rating scale item responses. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 70(1), 5-21.

Wu, A. D., Liu, Y., Gadermann A. M. & Zumbo, B. D. (2010). Multiple-indicator multilevel growth model: A solution to multiple methodological challenges. Social Indicators Research: International Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality of Life Measurement, 97, 123-142.

Marshall, S.K., Liu, Y., Wu, A., Berzonsky, M., & Adams, G.R. (2010). Perceived Mattering to Parents and Friends for University Students: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 367–375. 

Courses Taught:

EPSE 592 Experimental Designs and Analysis in Educational Research
EPSE 596 Correlational Designs and Analysis in Educational Research (Regression Analysis)
EPSE 581 Special Topics in MERM
EPSE 683 Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Growth and Change