Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Meiko Lin

Senior Research Assistant

Meiko Lin is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently serves as the senior research assistant at the Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative (AERI), where she has conducted validation studies of student self-efficacy measures in mathematics as a part of the Proximal Assessment for Learner Diagnosis (PALD) project and assisted in the evaluation of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) environmental health curriculum. Her research interests include international large-scale assessments and evaluation design, methods and theory. Meiko received her Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from McGill and her M.A. in Research Methods from UCLA.



Teresa Ober

Junior Research Assistant


Teresa Ober joined the AERI team in 2013 to provide support for activities such as event planning, grant applications, and general communications. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and a M.A. in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Teresa is interested in emerging innovations in assessment research, especially formative assessment as a means of providing for long-term, self-regulated student learning. Her past research interests have included the application of cognitive theories of learning in the area of reading comprehension.



Danielle Pfaff


Danielle Pfaff began working with Dr. Chatterji in the Fall of 2013 as a teaching assistant and soon joined the AERI team to assist in organizing and delivering the 2nd Annual AERI conference, "Testing: Then and Now," the final event in the 125th year celebrations at Teachers College. She previously earned her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University, completing a senior honors thesis on the emotional modulation of memory. After graduating, she worked at McLean Hospital researching the genetic underpinnings of psychotic illness. Currently, Danielle is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Social-Organizational Psychology Program, interested in Dynamic Network Theory (how social networks inform goal pursuit), group dynamics and processes, and leadership.





Meiko Lin

Senior Research Assistant



Annie Liang

Junior Research Assistant


Annie Liang joined the AERI team in 2012 and provides support for methodological courses and a range of research and administrative needs at the center. Ms. Liang earned her B.A. in Psychology, with a concentration in International Studies from Williams College and is currently completing her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ms. Liang's research interests include assessing diverse cultural expressions of stigma and the development of anti-stigma interventions in underserved community settings. She is further interested in promoting the constructive use of assessment and evaluation tools for enhancing the efficacy and efficiency of complex educational and social interventions across disciplines.