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Dr. Alyssa Counsell

Assistant Professor
EducationPhD, York University
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 556499
Areas of Expertisequantitative methods, statistical modeling, attitudes toward statistics, statistical literacy, statistics pedagogy and education


Dr. Alyssa Counsell is Director of the Research Methods and Statistics (RMaS) Lab. She seeks to bridge the gap between methodological innovation and applied statistical practice. Her research falls into two categories: 1) The applications of advanced statistical models for complex psychological data; 2) Statistics literacy, pedagogy, and education in the social sciences. Dr. Counsell currently holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2019 – 2021) for her research program, Do Attitudes toward Statistics and Statistical Software Relate to Better Research Practices?

In 2020 – 2021, Dr. Counsell teaches the following graduate level courses:

PS 8537 – Special Topics in Psychological Methods: Structural Equation Modeling (Fall)

PS 8101 – Statistics and Research Design I (Fall)

PS 8102 – Statistics and Research Design II (Winter)

Selected Publications:

Kunicki, Z., Counsell, A., & Harlow, L. L. (2020). Psychometric evaluations of eight attitudes towards quantitative methods measures. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. Advance online publication.

Counsell, A., & Cribbie, R. A. (accepted). Student attitudes toward learning statistics with R. Psychology Teaching Review.
[preprint, external link]

Piran, N., Teall, T., & Counsell, A. (2020). The Experience of Embodiment Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation. Body Image, 34, 117-134. [paper, external link]

Counsell, A., Cribbie, R. A., & Flora, D. (2020). Evaluating equivalence testing methods for measurement invariance. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 55(2), 312-328. [paper, external link]​

Counsell, A., & Harlow, L. L. (2017). Reporting practices and use of quantitative methods in Canadian journal articles in psychology. Canadian Psychology, 58(2), 140-147. [paper, external link]

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(3), 193-201. [paper, external link]

Counsell, A., & Cribbie, R. A. (2015). Equivalence tests for comparing correlation and regression coefficients. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology. 68(2), 292-309. [paper, external link]