Technical Advisory Committee


Sara J. Finney, Ph.D.

Advisory Committee
James Madison University

Dr. Sara Finney is Professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology and Senior Assessment Specialist at James Madison University. She is also Associate Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies at JMU, providing support to Student Affairs programs assessing student learning and development outcomes. Her research focuses on examinee motivation and reactions to testing, on the use of structural equation modeling to gather validity evidence for score interpretations, and on the merger of implementation fidelity data and student learning outcomes data when assessing program effectiveness.


Dr. Finney has won awards for outstanding mentorship from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, the Northeastern Educational Research Association, and the Provost of James Madison University. She is proud of the fact that approximately 75% of her over 50 research publications have student co-authors. Those articles have appeared in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Assessment, Applied Measurement in Education, Journal of Experimental Education, International Journal of Testing, Journal of Personality Assessment, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development and other journals and edited volumes. She serves on the editorial boards of Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Assessment, International Journal of Testing, and Journal of Experimental Education. She also serves on the Impact Research Advisory Council for the Learning Service & Insights Group at Macmillan Learning, and is chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Graduate Record Examinations Program at the Educational Testing Service.


Dr. Finney has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and both a master’s and a Ph.D. in quantitative and qualitative methods from the University of Nebraska.