Dumas, Denis, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Department of Research Methods and Information Science
Assistant Professor

Denis.Dumas@du.edu

303-871-4710, KRH 233

Denis Dumas is an assistant professor of Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. In general, his work focuses on understanding student learning, cognition, and creativity through the application and refinement of latent variable methods, especially multidimensional item response theory and non-linear growth models. He is the co-creator of a psychometric framework called dynamic measurement modeling—a mixed-effects paradigm for quantifying the ability of students to learn in response to particular instruction—and is widely interested in the mental attributes that contribute to students’ academic success across domains and contexts. He completed his doctoral work in Educational Psychology, and Master’s degree in Educational Measurement and Statistics, at the University of Maryland-College Park, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the American Educational Research Association. Before coming to the University of Denver, he was assistant professor of Educational Psychology at Howard University. His work has been previously funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Educational Sciences, Hewlett Foundation, and during the academic year 2019-20, he is a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Research Development Fellow.

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