TTP #68: Dr. Alex Beaujean – What Are We Actually Measuring?

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Dr. Alex Beaujean knows a LOT about measurement and test construction. He has carved out a niche within an already-small niche in psychology and generally shares his knowledge with us today. Warning: I ask a few dumb questions and we open up a couple cans of worms that aren’t going to be shut for a while. Topics we touch on include:

  • Why is measurement important?
  • Which tests are (and aren’t) psychometrically sound?
  • What are we actually assessing with our tests?

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About Dr. Alex Beaujean

Dr. Beaujean joined the Psychology & Neuroscience department at Baylor University in 2017. Prior to joining, he worked in Baylor’s Educational Psychology department where he created and coordinated the quantitative methods specializations for the doctoral and master’s programs. In addition, he contributed to the school psychology program and served as the program coordinator for two years where he developed the program’s doctoral specialization.

Dr. Beaujean is a prolific scholar, having published 2 books on latent variable models, more than 80 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and presented more than 80 papers/posters at professional conferences. In 2016, he was listed as one of the most prolific faculty members in non-doctoral school psychology programs across the nation, and has won research awards from the American Academy of Health Behavior, American Psychological Association (school psychology division), Mensa Education & Research Foundation, and Society for Applied Multivariate Research. He has been previously awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health, and aided in program evaluations for the National Science Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Lego Foundation. Moreover, multiple organizations and universities have invited him to speak on the issue of data analysis and psychological measurement.

In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Beaujean has extensive experience with psychological assessment in both school and clinical environments. He holds licensure for the independent practice of psychology in Texas. In 2015, his advanced clinical competence was recognized by the American Board of Assessment Psychology when they awarded him a diplomate in Assessment Psychology.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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