Perspectives on Psychometrics Interviews with 20 Past Psychometric Society Presidents

AHP readers may be interested in an open access article in Psychometrika that explores oral history interviews with previous presidents of the Psychometric Society.

Perspectives on Psychometrics Interviews with 20 Past Psychometric Society Presidents,” Lisa D. Wijsen & Denny Borsboom. Abstract:

In this article, we present the findings of an oral history project on the past, present, and future of psychometrics, as obtained through structured interviews with twenty past Psychometric Society presidents. Perspectives on how psychometrics should be practiced vary strongly. Some presidents are psychology-oriented, whereas others have a more mathematical or statistical approach. The originally strong relationship between psychometrics and psychology has weakened, and contemporary psychometrics has become a diverse and multifaceted discipline. The presidents are confident psychometrics will continue to be relevant but believe psychometrics needs to become better at selling its strong points to relevant research areas. We recommend for psychometrics to cherish its plurality and make its goals and priorities explicit.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.