Cindy Walker

Office: Enderis Hall 785

Cindy Walker

Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Director, Consulting Office for Research and Evaluation

Cindy Walker is the Associate Dean of Research and Engaged Scholarship and the Director of the Consulting Office for Research and Evaluation (CORE) in the School of Education. She is also a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology where she has taught courses in educational and psychological measurement, statistics, research design, and program evaluation.

She conducts research in the area of testing and measurement. Her research focuses primarily on applied issues in psychometrics, especially those related to item response theory. Walker has worked with the Certification and Skills Assessment team at Microsoft Corporation, the Office of the Superintendent of Instruction in the state of Washington, the Division of Research and Assessment at Milwaukee Public School District, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the WI Department of Public Instruction, the National Science Foundation, Junior Achievement of Southeastern WI, the Center for Self-Sufficiency, Appleton Public Library, and many local school districts in Southeastern WI. Moreover, she has extensive experience conduction program evaluations, designing research studies and sound measurement tools, an working with large testing databases, such as TIMSS, NAEP, PISA and those associated with states and districts.

Walker has published on the topics of differential item functioning, multi-dimensional item response theory, and computer adaptive testing in journals including Journal of Educational Measurement, International Journal of Testing, and Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. Her interest in psychometrics is enhanced by her interest in how children learn and are assessed in a constructivist mathematics classroom. Walker received an M.S. in mathematics education from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in quantitative research methodologies from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

Selected Publications

Articles & Textbooks

Schapira, M. M., Walker, C. M., Miller, T., Ganschow, P. S., Fletcher, K. E., McGinley, E. L., Del Pozo, S., Schauer, C., Tarima, S., Jacobs, E. A. (under review). Development and validation of the Numeracy Understanding in Medicine Instrument (NUMi) Short Form. Journal of Health Communication, 32, 851-55.

Wen, Y., Zhang, B., & Walker, C. M. (under review). The impact of missing data on non-normal person trait estimation.

Cappaert, K. J., Walker, C. M., & Zhang, B. (under review). Partial cancellation in differential bundle functioning: Influences on the detection rate, ability estimates, and the standard error of the beta statistic.

Schapira, M. M., Walker, C. M., Cappaert, K. J., Ganschow, P. S., Fletcher, K. E., McGinley, E. L., Del Pozo, S., Schauer, C., Tarima, S., Jacobs, E. A. (2012). The Numeracy Understanding in Medicine Instrument (NUMi): A measure of health numeracy. Journal of Medical Decision Making, 32, 851-55

Walker, C. M., Zhang, B., Banks, K. & Cappaert, K. (2012). Establishing effect size guidelines for interpreting the results of differential bundle functioning analyses using SIBTEST. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 72, 415-434.

Beretvas, S. N. & Walker, C. M. (2012). Distinguishing differential testlet functioning from differential bundle functioning using the multilevel measurement model. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 72, 182-199.

Walker, C. M. (2011). What's the DIF? Why differential item functioning analyses are an important part of instrument development and validation. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29, 364-376.

Azen R. & Walker, C. M. (2011). Categorical Data Analysis for the Social Sciences. Taylor & Francis, New York, NY.


2013 Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

2010 Recipient of the Service Award, School of Education, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Professional Services (Editorial Boards, Offices)

Walker was currently elected to serve a three-year term on the board of the National Council of Measurement in Education, beginning in April 2013. She served as the secretary for Division D (Measurement and Research Methodology) of the American Educational Research Association from 2009-2011. She currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer for mutlipe journals, is currently an Associate Editor for Applied Psychological Measurement, and is on the Editorial Board of the journal of Applied Measurement in Education.

View Cindy Walker's curriculum vitae