MONTEREY, CALIF, Jan. 30, 2015 — Pacific Metrics Corporation (, a leading provider of online assessment solutions, is pleased to announce that Chief Psychometrician Alan Nicewander, Ph.D. has been elected president of the prestigious Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology.

Dr. Nicewander was elected to membership in the society 23 years ago, and regularly presents papers on topics stemming from his work at Pacific Metrics. In this new role, Nicewander will serve as President Elect during 2015 and President in 2016.

Holding a Ph.D. in mathematical and statistical psychology from Purdue University, Dr. Nicewander is an expert in educational and psychological measurement. Nicewander is known for his many contributions to the field, including the use of Item Response Theory (IRT) for solving applied testing problems. Last year, he published a book chapter entitled, Exact Solutions for IRT Latent Regression Slopes and Latent Variable Intercorrelations. As the Chief Psychometrician for Pacific Metrics, he provides advice on large-scale testing issues, conducts research and technical studies, and implements psychometric aspects of statewide assessment programs. With over 30 years of experience in academic, commercial, and government sectors, Dr. Nicewander’s past positions include Professor and Chairman of the Psychology Department at the University of Oklahoma, Director of Statistical Research for ACT, Inc., and Head of the Department of Defense Personnel Testing Division.

“Love of ones’ work, and the love given by one’s family, are the greatest of gifts,” says Nicewander.

The Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology ( “was founded in 1960 as an organization of researchers interested in multivariate statistical methods and their application to substantive problems in psychology and related fields. Membership is limited to 65 individuals and is by nomination and election. Many distinguished scientists in this field have been active members of SMEP.” At the annual meeting of the Society last week, Dr. Nicewander presented a paper entitled, Estimating the Reliability of Machine-and-Human Scored Essays using Fitted Psychometric Models.

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