As the Vice President of Research Technology, Data Science, and Analytics for ACTNext, Michelle D. Barrett, Ph.D., leads a department of research and data scientists, analysts, engineers and technologists to develop cutting-edge products and services that include near-real time analytics to help people achieve education and workplace success.  Dr. Barrett’s varied background in teaching, education administration, psychometrics, statistics, product management and pragmatic marketing, engineering, agile software development, and lean six sigma represent a broad set of skills and experiences highly relevant to delivering analytic solutions for high business value. She has worked in both start-up and corporate enterprise environments, for-profit and not-for-profit, in public service at the Colorado Department of Education and as a mathematics teacher.

Recent examples of products and services built and supported by Dr. Barrett’s team include those that deliver adaptive assessments, examine learning interactions, score text and other artifacts written by learners, identify testing anomalies, generate psychometric analytics, and construct assessments to support intended uses.

Dr. Barrett recently chaired the IEEE ICICLE SIG on AI and Adaptive Technology, is a program chair for HCII Adaptive Instructional Systems 2020, and serves as a reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals.  In the past she also served on the IMS Global Working Group for standards for interoperability of test delivery drivers and adaptive testing engines.

Dr. Barrett holds degrees from Stanford University, Harvard University, and the University of Twente.

Contact: Michelle.Barrett (at)