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Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative

Department of Organization and Leadership


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.

Eli Plaut, Junior Research Assistant

Eli Plaut began working in the Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative (AERI) lab in September, 2016. He is a first year student in the Master's program in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He currently serves as the junior research assistant at AERI, where he conducts qualitative data analysis as part of a research project examining validity and test use issues. He is also assisting with manuscript preparation for a forthcoming book in education assessment. His research interests include psychometrics and assessment as it relates to hiring in the workplace. In his free time he enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants with friends, and playing basketball. Eli received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kristy An, Editorial Assistant/Junior Research Assistant

Kristy An is a Master's candidate in Education Policy and Social Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her concentration lies in education policy and social stratification studies. She is a junior research assistant at AERI and an editorial assistant at Quality Assurance in Education (QAE). She received her Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in Psychology and Government in 2013.