Bruno D. Zumbo,
Director of the Edgeworth
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Additional Professional Affiliations (Associate Member and Faculty Member):
Dr. Zumbo is a statistician whose professional interests center upon developing statistical theory and quantitative methods for conducting research, testing, and evaluation. In essence, his interests are in mathematical and statistical methods. He completed his B.Sc. at the University of Alberta and then his M.A. and Ph.D. at Carleton University focusing in Mathematical Psychology and Statistics. Dr. Zumbo began his academic career as a professor at the University of Ottawa in the Measurement & Evaluation Program and the School of Psychology in 1990. In 1994 he moved to the then newly opened University of Northern British Columbia where he was Professor of Mathematics and Psychology. In the spring of 2000 he was recruited to the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, with an eye toward further developing UBC's Measurement, Evaluation, & Research Methodology (MERM) Program in the Department of ECPS. At UBC his primary appointment is in the MERM Program with additional appointments in the Department of Statistics and the Institute of Applied Mathematics.
He has two interrelated research programs:
1. Dr. Zumbo has done fundamental research in both theoretical and applied psychometrics and statistical science -- mathematical and statistical methods. His current research interests include procedures for evaluating variable importance in statistical models; performance characteristics of standard procedures (both parametric and nonparametric) under non-standard conditions; measurement theory (including axiomatic measurement theory, classical test theory and item response modeling), educational measurement, and the foundations of statistics.
2. He has developed a secondary
research program on measurement, program evaluation, and
methodological issues in quality of life, subjective
well-being, and social science research. This part of
his research program is, in essence, in the tradition of
applied social psychology: social-psychological research and
psychological measurement directed towards the understanding
of human social behavior, the
amelioration of social problems, and the improvement and
understanding of the determinants and correlates of our
Updated: June 25, 2012