Canadian Psychological Association’s 2021 Virtual Conference

The Canadian Psychological Association’s 2021 virtual Conference runs June 1-25, 2021. Faculty and students from ECPS will be in attendance throughout many events scheduled during the convention.
Professor Bruno Zumbo is an invited featured speaker on Thursday, June 17, 2021, from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PDT. The title of his invited address is Equity and Fairness at the Nexus of Data Science, Psychometrics, Digital Innovation & Social Justice
ECPS Department Head and Professor Jennifer Shapka is an invited featured speaker on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, from 12:15 – 1:15 PM PDT. The title of her invited address is CyberTeens Research Project: Learning and Connecting in the time of COVID-19.


Equity and Fairness at the Nexus of Data Science, Psychometrics, Digital Innovation & Social Justice

Presenting Author: Zumbo, Bruno D.

Abstract: Measurement, questionnaires, surveys, and testing in the 21st century are the products of nearly 200 years of critical developments in fields as diverse as education, mathematics, psychology, statistical and computational sciences, sociology, and philosophy. Influenced by historical events, cultures, and technology, we face a new world of digital innovation and a moral and ethical social justice imperative of the consequences of measurement and testing. Today, tests and measures are widely used for decision-making, ranking, and policy purposes in the social, behavioural, and health sciences using large-scale testing, regularly administered tests of a population over time, and social, health, and economic surveys. I describe an emerging paradigm to address the question: To what extent might we be measuring, unintentionally, other (un)important constructs not meant to be included in our inferences of “psycho-social constructs” and “learning outcomes”, such as conformity to expected cultural norms (related to, for example, multiculturalism, ethnicity, gender identity, and gender roles)? This paradigm embodies statistical and psychometric models, an ecological model of item and test performance, and a form of abductive reasoning that by observing the testing situation we hope to identify clues about the way the test is constructed, understood and performed as a social occasion.

Section: Quantitative Methods / Méthodes quantitatives
Session ID: 61708 – Section Featured Speaker Address


Title: CyberTeens Research Project: Learning and Connecting in the time of COVID-19

Presenting Author: Shapka, Jennifer

Abstract: As a society, we have become increasingly concerned about the impact of excess screen time on developmental wellbeing for children and youth. Indeed, technology-engagement is very high among younger demographics, and we are concerned about linkages to anxiety, depression, and loneliness (although work is emerging that suggests we may have over-estimated the impact of technology on mental health). Regardless, COVID-19 has forced youth into virtual settings more than ever before, with all aspects of their social, educational, and family lives increasingly happening online. This presentation will provide an overview of the role that technology plays in an adolescent’s life, as well as present recently collected data from the CyberTeens research project, with a focus on COVID.

Section: Educational and School Psychology / Psychologie éducationnelle et scolaire
Session ID: 66997 – Section Featured Speaker Address

Learn more about the virtual conference HERE