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Xin Ma, Ph.D.

Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
347 Dickey Hall
(859) 257-2432

Dr. Ma holds a Masters in Mathematics Education and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He taught education statistics and mathematics education at St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Alberta in Canada.

Dr. Ma teaches courses in advanced statistics (e.g., meta analysis, multilevel data analysis, and data mining techniques) and mathematics education at the University of Kentucky. He is a Spencer Fellow of the (U.S.) National Academy of Education, a recipient of the Early Career Contribution Award from the American Educational Research Association, (former) Canada Research Chair, and founder and (former) Director of the Canadian Center for Advanced Studies of National Databases.

His research interests include advanced statistical (quantitative) methods, advanced data analysis of large-scale (state, national, and international) surveys, psychology of mathematics education, program evaluation and policy analysis, and organizational (school) effectiveness and improvement. He works to advance quantitative research, using latest statistical theories and models to improve and enhance quantitative analysis on critical issues in educational policy and practice. Among his numerous publications, he is author of the book A national assessment of mathematics participation in the United States: A survival analysis model for describing students’ academic careers.

Vita – (PDF)

Research categories: Assessment, Statistics, Policy, Educational Reform, Mathematics EducationQuantitative and Psychometric Methods