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. (2020). Investigating the performance of propensity scores approaches for differential item functioning analysis. Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods. DOI: 10.22237/jmasm/1556669280

Ruissen*, G. R., Liu, Y., Schmader, T., Lubans, D. R., Harden, S. M., Wolf, S. A., Rhodes, R. E., Dunlop, W. L., Puterman, E., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2020). Effects of group-based exercise on flourishing and stigma consciousness among older adults: Findings from a randomized controlled trial. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being. DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12197

Feng*, D., Liu, Y., Mazloomi*, M.S., Limaye*, A., Turner*, M., Evans, P.D. (2020). A virtual reality system to augment teaching of wood structure and protection. International Wood Products Journal. DOI: 10.1080/20426445.2020.1737773

Chen, M., Liu, Y., & Zumbo, B.D. (2019). A Propensity score method for investigating differential item functioning in performance assessment. Educational and Psychological Measurement. DOI: 10.1177/0013164419878861

Chen, M., Wu, A. D., & Liu, Y. (2019). Linking test-taking process to performance through mixed-effects regression models: A response process–based validation study. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/0734282919861269

Anderson, D., Shimizu, H., Liu, Y., & Grover, R. (2019). Psychological factors influencing the vividness and affect of visitors’ recall of nostalgic life memories in museums. Current Psychology. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-019-00299-6

Bennett*, E.V., Hurd Clarke, L., Wolf, S., Dunlop, W.L., Harden, S.M., Liu, Y., Estabrooks, P.A., Rhodes, R. E., & Beauchamp, M. R. (2018). Older adults’ experiences of group-based physical activity: a qualitative study from the ‘GOAL’ randomized controlled trial. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 39, 184 – 192. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.08.017

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. DOI: 10.1037/hea0000615

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: Data Viz
EPSE 683 Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Growth and Change
EPSE 482 Introduction to Statistics