Deborah Bandalos, Ph.D.
Deborah Bandalos, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of the Assessment and Measurement
Ph.D. program within the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University.
Her research areas include scale development, exploratory factor analysis, and structural
equation modeling. She has taught courses in measurement theory, exploratory factor
analysis, latent variable models, and missing data methods for over 30 years. Bandalos
is the author of Measurement Theory and Applications for the Social Sciences (Guilford,
2018) and has published a variety of articles and book chapters on item development,
statistical methods, and their applications. She has served as Associate Editor for
the journals Structural Equation Modeling: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Multivariate
Behavioral Research. Bandalos is a member and past president of the Society for Multivariate
Experimental Psychology and is president-elect of Division 5 of the American Psychological
She serves in many leadership roles, including membership on the Advisory Board of
the Buros Center for Testing, as a member of the Task Force on Foundational Competencies
in Educational Measurement of the National Council on Measurement in Education, and
on the Examination Committee of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology
Boards. She has developed and participated in teacher training in assessment for the
state of Nebraska and has participated in standard setting sessions for state and
district tests in South Carolina and Nebraska.