Jimmy de la Torre is a Professor in the Division of Learning, Development and Diversity at The University of Hong Kong. He is also currently a Chair Professor at the National Taichung University of Education in Taiwan, and an Honorary Professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary research interests are in the field of educational and psychological testing and measurement, with a particular emphasis on item response theory, cognitive diagnosis modeling, and the use of assessment to inform classroom instruction and learning. As one of the leading researchers in the field of cognitive diagnosis modeling, his work has covered both theoretical and implementation issues in this area. In 2009, he was named by the White House as one of the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. He also received the Jason Millman Promising Measurement Scholar Award in 2009 from the National Council on Measurement in Education. He was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Educational Measurement, and currently an associate editor of Applied Psychological Measurement, and a member of the Psychometric Society Board of Trustees. Jimmy is a former Spencer Foundation Dissertation fellow (2002) and NAE/Spencer Postdoctoral fellow (2006). His work has been published in some of the leading measurement and methodological journals such as Applied Psychological Measurement, British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Journal of Educational Measurement, Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, and Psychometrika. For over a decade now, Jimmy has conducted over twenty training and professional development workshops on cognitive diagnosis modeling in more than a dozen countries and four continents. These workshops provide participants both the theoretical underpinnings and practical experience necessary to use cognitive diagnosis modeling in applied settings. Jimmy is also a co-author of the GDINA R package, which implements cognitive diagnosis modeling using a general framework.
For additional information about Jimmy’s publication and projects, go to: http://web.edu.hku.hk/staff/academic/j.delatorre