Rosemarie O’Conner, PhD

Dr. Rosemarie Ataya O’Conner possesses over 17 years of experience as a research methodologist, survey designer, and applied statistician. She has conducted and directed formative and summative evaluations across a broad spectrum of topics, including teacher professional development, academic instruction for at-risk youth, educational technology, literacy, and partnerships between communities and schools. Since 2012, Dr. O’Conner’s projects include serving as the Senior Researcher on an IES grant – Math for All and as the Principal Investigator of the Literacy/ESL in Employment Programs topic area on the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR). She also served as the Deputy Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic (REL MA) and the Senior Study Director on evaluation activities for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) project.

Dr. O’Conner began her research career as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Measurement and Research at the University of South Florida, where she taught graduate level courses in measurement, research, and program evaluation. She also worked as an assessment specialist with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she served as a middle school social studies and English language arts teacher in an urban, economically disadvantaged school district in Massachusetts.

A trained psychometrician, Dr. O’Conner specializes in educational and psychological measurement. Her interests are concentrated in the area of validation processes, Rasch modeling, and performance indicators. Her work has been presented at numerous conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.