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Dr. Alyssa Counsell

Assistant Professor
EducationPhD, York University
Phone416-979-5000 x6499
Areas of Expertisequantitative methods, advanced statistical modeling, equivalence testing, statistical literacy


Dr. Counsell is Director of the Research Methods and Statistics lab. She is primarily interested in the applications of advanced statistical models for complex psychological data, as well as identifying new ways to bridge the gap between methodological innovation and applied statistical practice. Much of her work has focused on creating and evaluating novel statistical methods for the social and behavioural sciences. Additional ongoing work includes assessing attitudes toward statistics, identifying statistical challenges for applied researchers, creating software for accessible implementation of statistical tools, and exploring ways to better emphasize research transparency and open science practices.

Dr. Counsell received her PhD from the Quantitative Methods area in Psychology at York University in 2017. At York, she taught advanced undergraduate statistics, regularly taught short courses on statistical software like SPSS and R, and worked as a statistical consultant through the Institute for Social Research. At Ryerson, she primarily teaches graduate level statistics and methods courses.


Selected Publications:

Counsell, A., Cribbie, R. A., & Chalmers, R. P. (in press). Comparing means under heteroscedasticity and nonnormality: Further exploring robust means modeling. Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods.

Counsell, A., Furtado, M., Iorio, C., Anand, L., Canzonieri, A., Fine, A., … & Katzman, M. A. (2017). Intolerance of uncertainty, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety: Differences by diagnosis and symptoms. Psychiatry Research, 252, 63-69. Doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.02.046

Counsell, A., & Cribbie, R. A. (2017). Using the errors-in-variables method in two-group pretest- posttest designs. Methodology, 13, 1-8. Doi: 10.1027/1614-2241/a000122

Counsell, A., & Harlow, L. L. (2017). Reporting practices and use of quantitative methods in Canadian journal articles in psychology. Canadian Psychology, 58, 140-147. Doi: 10.1037/cap0000074

Counsell, A., Cribbie, R. A, & Harlow, L. L. (2016). Increasing literacy in quantitative methods: The key to the future of Canadian psychology. Canadian Psychology, 57, 193-201. Doi: 10.1037/cap0000056

Cribbie, R. A., Ragoonanan, C., & Counsell, A. (2016). Testing for negligible interaction: A coherent and robust approach. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical   Psychology, 69, 159-174. Doi: 10.1111/bmsp.12066

Chalmers, R. P., Counsell, A., & Flora, D. (2016). It might not make a big DIF: Improved statistics for Differential Test Functioning. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 76, 114-140. Doi: 10.1177/0013164415584576

Counsell, A., & Cribbie, R. A. (2015). Equivalence tests for comparing correlation and regression coefficients. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology. 68, 292-309. Doi: 10.1111/bmsp.12045