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Dr Anna Brown

Dr Anna Brown

Senior Lecturer in Psychological Methods and Statistics
Chair of Ethics


Research interests

I am a psychometrician with an established reputation and extensive industry experience, now focusing on modelling response processes to non-cognitive assessments (personality, motivation, attitude etc.) using multidimensional item response theory (MIRT).

Specifically, I am interested in modelling preference data (such as ranking and paired comparisons tasks, and forced-choice questionnaires), modelling response processes contributing to common biases and impression management, and test optimisation and computerised adaptive testing (CAT).

Key publications

  • Brown, A. (2014, December 10). Item Response Models for Forced-Choice Questionnaires: A Common Framework. Psychometrika. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11336-014-9434-9
  • Brown, A., & Maydeu-Olivares, A. (2013). How IRT can solve problems of ipsative data in forced-choice questionnaires. Psychological Methods, 18, 36-52. doi: 10.1037/a0030641
  • Brown, A., & Maydeu-Olivares, A. (2012). Fitting a Thurstonian IRT model to forced-choice data using Mplus. Behavior Research Methods, 44, 1135–1147.
  • Brown, A., & Maydeu-Olivares, A. (2011). Item response modeling of forced-choice questionnaires. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 71, 460-502. doi: 10.1177/0013164410375112

School of Psychology - Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP

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