Emily Savage-McGlynn completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2011. Her doctoral dissertation investigated sex differences in general intelligence in the U.K. standardisation of the Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices (SPM), using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) techniques to assess the measurement invariance, differential item functioning (DIF), population heterogeneity, and latent mean differences. Using Mplus to conduct exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis with the Raven’s data is a novel way to assess this well-respected test of general intelligence. Her doctoral studies were supervised by Professor Melissa Hines and Professor John Rust, and are generously funded by the Cambridge Assessment Scholarship for Studies in Psychometrics.
Prior to beginning her studies at Cambridge, Emily completed her M.Sc. in Research in Psychology at Oxford University in 2006 examining the impact of preoccupied thinking in maternal post-natal depression on mother-infant interaction at 10-months of age with Professor Alan Stein. She also holds a M.Sc. in Developmental Psychology from University College London, a post-graduate certificate in Brief Therapy from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada.
Prior to studying at Oxford University, Emily worked as a Bilingual Research Analyst at the Canadian offices of Pearson Assessment, the world’s leading psychometric test publisher. During her time there, she was involved in the development of English-language versions of the WPPSI-III and the WISC-IV, as well as French-Canadian versions of the WISC-IV, WIAT-II, WPPSI-III, and WAIS-III. For each of these measures, she was involved in item development, design co-ordination, data sample recruitment, statistical analysis, manual writing and project management. Her role also involved test administration with children and adults, as well as running trainings on test administration of the Wechsler assessments.
Emily’s language skills, familiarity with the range of Wechsler assessments, and technical ability with statistical modelling techniques fit perfectly with the skill set, experiences and focus of The Psychometric Centre.When not studying for her Ph.D., she is the proud mother of 2-year-old Brendan and wife to Kevin. In any remaining free time, Emily enjoys photography, travelling, and baking.