Technical Advisory Committee

D. Betsy McCoach, Ph.D.

Advisory Committee
University of Connecticut

Dr. D. Betsy McCoach is professor and program chair of the Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Her areas of expertise include Latent Variable Modeling, Multilevel Modeling, Instrument Design, and Quantitative Research Methodology, with a focus particularly on gifted education and on underachievement.


Dr. McCoach has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books, including Multilevel Modeling of Educational Data with Ann O’Connell and Instrument Development in the Affective Domain (3rd edition), co-authored with Robert K. Gable and John P. Madura. Dr. McCoach served as the founding co-editor for the Journal of Advanced Academics, and she is currently co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly. She was a co-principal investigator and research methodologist on several research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, and the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education. She has served as chair of the AERA Structural Equation Modeling special interest group, the Multilevel Modeling special interest group, the Educational Statisticians special interest group, and the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development special interest group.


Dr. McCoach is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and French from the University of Delaware, a master’s from Lehigh University in secondary education, a master’s in school psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology also from the University of Connecticut.