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Austin Boyd



Austin Boyd received his BA in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of Virginia. He is currently a doctoral student and Graduate Research Assistant in the Evaluation, Statistics, and Methodology (ESM) program in the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department. He also serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the ESM program for the Program Evaluation and Statistics in Applied Fields courses. His research interests include psychometric analyses and their use to improve standardized assessments, how network analyses can be used to improve organizational communication and effectiveness, and the role parasocial relationships play in social media celebrity popularity.


  • Parasocial Relationships
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Psychometrics


  • B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Biology, University of Virginia

Professional Service

  • President of the Graduate Student Senate, 2020-2021
  • Golden Key Member, since 2020
  • Delta Alpha Pi Member, since 2020
  • Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education 2020 conference submission reviewer
  • EPC Department Student Representative, 2019-2021
  • Graduate Student Senate Legislation and Steering Committee Chair, 2019-2020
  • Data Visualization Society Member, since 2019
  • Phi Kappa Phi Member, since 2019
  • National Council on Measurement in Education Member, since 2018
  • Psi Chi Member, since 2018
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member, since 2015
  • Virginia Boy’s State Delegate, 2013

Awards and Recognitions

  • Graduate Student Leadership & Service Excellence Award, University of Tennessee Educational Psychology and Counseling Department, 2020
  • University of Tennessee Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds: Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Fund, 2020
  • First Place in the A-m-sing Competition held by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education, 2019
  • University of Tennessee Four Year Graduate School Fellowship, 218
  • University of Virginia Small Research and Travel Grant, 2018


Boyd, A. T., Schmidt, K. M., & Bergeman, C. S. (2020). You know what they say about when you assume: Testing the robustness of invariant comparisons. Journal of Applied Measurement.

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