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Howard WainerHoward Wainer, PhD

Statistician & Research Scientist

Dr. Wainer is an award-winning American statistician and research scientist. His specialization is the use of graphical methods for data analysis and communication, robust statistical methodology, and the development and application of generalizations of item response theory. After serving on the faculty of the University of Chicago, a period at the Bureau of Social Science Research during the Carter Administration, and 21 years as Principal Research Scientist in the Research Statistics Group at Educational Testing Service, he is now Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has authored more than 20 books, the latest of which is Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think Like a Data Scientist. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

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Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of American Statistical Association
  • Fellow of American Educational Research Association
  • Career Achievement Award for Contributions to Educational Measurement by National Counsel on Measurement in Education in 2007
  • Samuel J. Messick Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Associations in 2009
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Psychometric Society in 2013
  • ACT/AERA E. F. Lindquist Award for Outstanding Research in Testing & Measurement in 2015

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