Assistant Research Professor
National Institute for Early Education Research
Dr. Zijia Li is an Assistant Research Professor at the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER). Her research interests are statistical, psychometric, and measurement theories and their applications in early education; especially Rasch and item response models for dichotomous or polytomous item responses, and how they are extended to multilevel and longitudinal frameworks. Prior to joining NIEER, she led and participated in a variety of research studies, including reliability and validity studies for Kentucky’s Early Learning Standards, the Preschool Child Observation Record (COR), the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP), and the Family Physicians In-Training Exam. Dr. Li recently received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Quantitative & Psychometric Methods at the University of Kentucky (UK). While at UK, she conducted analyses and completed papers and presentations for several early child projects at the Human Development Institute, including Kentucky’s Early Childhood Data Systems and the National Early Childhood Transition Center.