W Holmes Finch

W Holmes Finch

George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:765-285-3668

Room:TC 547

Department: Department of Educational Psychology


About Holmes Finch

Holmes Finch is the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at BSU, and a professor of statistics and psychometrics. His research interests include structural equation modeling, item response theory, educational and psychological measurement, multilevel modeling, machine learning, and robust multivariate inference. In addition to conducting research in the field of statistics, he also regularly collaborates with colleagues in fields such as educational psychology, neuropsychology, and exercise physiology.

Professional Experience

August, 2014-Present, George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University.

August, 2010-2014, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University - Teach courses in statistics, measurement and research methodology.

August, 2008-2010, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University - Teach courses in statistics, measurement and research methodology.

August, 2003-2008, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University - Teach courses in statistics, measurement and research methodology.

June, 2002-September, 2002, Consultant, Arcadia Analytics - Conducted statistical analyses of product sales data using time series analysis, including standard ARIMA models, as well as nonparametric models. August, 1990-June, 2002, Manager, Statistical Laboratory, Department of Statistics, USC - Provided statistical consulting services within the university and, under contract, to state agencies and local industries.

Education

Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Research, 2002

University of South Carolina

M.Ed. Educational Research, 1990

University of South Carolina

B.A. History (Magna cum laude), 1987

University of South Carolina

Research and Publications

Sample books (see CV for comprehensive list)

Finch, W.H. & French, B.F. (under contract). Educational and Psychological  Measurement. New York, NY: Routledge. Expected publication, 2017.

Finch, W.H. & Bolin, J.E. (January, 2017). Multilevel modeling using Mplus. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Finch, W.H., French, B.F. & Immekus, J. (June, 2016). Applied psychometrics using SPSS. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. Expected publication, 2016.

Finch, W.H., Holden, J.E., & Kelley, K. (June, 2014). Multilevel modeling using R. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Sample publications (see CV for comprehensive list)

Finch, W.H. (2017). Investigation of parameter Estimation Accuracy for Growth Curve Modeling with Categorical Indicators. Methodology, 13(3), 98-112.

Finch, W.H. (2017). Multilevel Modeling in the Presence of Outliers: A Comparison of Robust Estimation Methods. Psicologica, 38, 57-92.

Finch, W.H. & Edwards, J.M. (2016). Rasch Model Parameter Estimation in the Presence of a Nonnormal Latent Trait using a Nonparametric Bayesian Approach. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 74(4), 662-684.

Finch, W.H. (2016). Detection of Differential Item Functioning for more than Two  Groups: A Monte Carlo Comparison of Methods. Applied Measurement inEducation, 29(1), 30-45.

Finch, W.H., Hernandez Finch, M.E., & French, B.F. (2016). Recursive Partitioning to Identify Potential Causes of Differential Item Functioning in Cross-National Data. International Journal of Testing, 16(1), 21-53.


Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Intro Statistical Me 641 810 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Special Topics 698 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Structural Equation 744 810 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Theory of Measuremen 746 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Thesis 698 611 0000 - 0000