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Miller, M. David

Professor, Research Methods and Evaluation
Director, Collaborative Assessment and Program Evaluation Services (CAPES)
Director, UF Quality Enhancement

School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
PO Box 117047
1215-D Norman Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611
(352) 273-4306
(352) 392-5929 (FAX)

Research Biography

I am a research methodologist interested in psychometrics and large scale assessment. I am also the Director of CAPES. CAPES was established to support grant funding in the social sciences by providing expertise in evaluation, assessment and research design. In addition, I have directed the development of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP is a required part of SACS accreditation. The QEP has developed a campus wide initiative to enhance the learning environment for undergraduate students around the theme of internationalization. This initiative, Learning Without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation, includes curricular enhancement, faculty training, a speaker program, co-curricular enhancements, and a new International Scholar program. I will be directing this program beginning in Fall 2014.


Ph.D. 1981, University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Educational Research Methods and Evaluation

M.A. 1978, University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Educational Research Methods and Evaluation

B.A. 1977, University of California, Los Angeles
Majors: Mathematics and Psychology

Key Professional Appointments

7/98 – 7/05–Department Chairperson
Educational Psychology
University of Florida
Ranked 20 by U. S. News and World Report for 2004

8/84 – 8/87–Co-Director, Kansas State Assessment Program
Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation

10/82 – 8/84 Data Analyst, Second International Mathematics Study

Activities & Honors

Scholarship of Engagement, College of Education, University of Florida, 2010.

Distinguished Reviewer, Buros Institute, 2008

American Psychological Association (Division 16) School Psychology Quarterly Article of the Year Award, 1999, for Kranzler, Miller, and Jordan (1999).

American Pharmaceutical Association Best Published Paper Award for Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences, 1999, for Obedina, Hepler, Segal, & Miller (1997).

University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 1997.

University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Award, 1990.

University of Florida Teaching Improvement Program Award, 1995.


Post-Doctoral Research Training Fellowships in Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education at the University of Florida. Institute of Education Sciences, 2012-2015, $642,840. (co-PI with Snyder, P., Conroy, M., Algina, J., Leite, W.).

Evaluation of Florida Charter Schools. Florida Department of Education, 2011-2016, $875,000. (PI with Dana, T.)

Evaluation of Teacher Incentive Fund, Duval Public Schools (Jacksonville, FL), 2010-2015, $375,000.

New Town Success Zone. Jacksonville Children’s Commission, 2010, $180,958.

Jacksonville Children’s Commission Evaluation. Jacksonville Children’s Commission, 2009, $111,725.

Establishment of Evaluation Center (CAPES). University of Florida, Division of Sponsored Research, 2008-2009, $83,593.

As the Director of CAPES, I am also funded as the evaluator/key personnel for 5 NSF grants, 2 IES grants, a VA grant and an HHMI grant

Selected Publications


Miller, M.D., Linn, R. L., and Gronlund, N.E. (2013). Measurement and Assessment in Teaching (Eleventh Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Miller, M. D., Poggio, J. P. and Huggins, A.C. (under contract to be completed 2014). Test Theory. New York, NY: Routledge.

Refereed Publications

Snyder, P. A., Hemmeter, M.L., Fox, L. Bishop, C.C., & Miller, M.D. (in press). Developing a Fidelity Instrument and Gathering Psychometric Evidence: The Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool-Pilot Version. Journal of Early Intervention.

Varnes, J. R., Stellefson, M. L., Janelle, C. M., Dorman, S. M., Dodd, V., & Miller, D. M. (in press). A systematic review of studies comparing body image concerns among female college athletes and non-athletes, 1997-2012. Body Image. (http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S1740144513000703)

Brubaker, M.D., Garrett, M.T., Amatea, E.A., Rivera, E.T., Miller, M. D., and Nabors, L. (2013). Barriers and Supports to Substance Abuse Service Utilization among Homeless Adults. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 34(2), 81-98.

Tate, K. A., Torres Rivera, E., Conwill, W. L., Miller, M. D., & Puig, A. (2013) Conceptualizing group dynamics from Our clients’ perspective: Development of the Conceptualization of Group Dynamics Inventory. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 38(2), 146-168.

Schelble, J.L., Therriault, D. J., & Miller, M. D. (2012). Classifying retrieval strategies as a function of working memory. Memory and Cognition, 40(2), 218-230.

Miller, J.M., & Miller, M.D. (2011). Handling Quasi-Nonconvergence in Logistic Regression: Technical Details and an Applied Example. Interstat, 1-22, http://interstat.statjournals.net/YEAR/2011/abstracts/1110003.php

Goodman, R.D., Miller, M.D., & West-Olatunji, C. (2011). Traumatic stress, socioeconomic status and academic achievement among primary school students. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 1-9, http://psycnet.apa.org/psycarticles/2011-18534-001.pdf.

Schleble, J., Franks, B.A., & Miller, M.D. (2010). Emotion dysregulation and academic resilience in maltreated children. Child and Youth Care Forum, 39(4), 289-303.

Kneipp, S.M., Stacciarini, J., Kairalla, J.A., Pereira, D., & Miller, M.D. (2010). A comparison of depressive symptom severity scores using the BDI-II and the PH-9 in low-income women. Nursing Research, 59(6), 380-388.

Taliaferro LA, Rienzo BA, Miller MD, Pigg RM, Dodd VJ. (2010). Exploring potential mediating pathways through which participation in sports relates to reduced risk of suicidal ideation. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 81(3), 328-339.

Taliaferro, L.A., Rienzo, B.A., Pigg, R.M., Miller, M.D., & Dodd, V.J. (2009). Spiritual well-being and suicidal ideation among college students. Journal of American College Health, 58(1), 83-90.

Taliaferro, L.A., Rienzo, B.A., Pigg, R.M., Miller, M.D., & Dodd, V.J. (2009). Associations between physical activity and reduced rates of hopelessness, depression, and suicidal behavior among college students. Journal of American College Health, 57(4), 427-436.

Miller, J.M., & Miller, M.D. (2008). No zero left behind: Comparing the fit for zero-inflation models as a function of skew and proportion of zeros. Interstat, 1-35, http://interstat.statjournals.net/YEAR/2008/abstracts/0810011.php

Taliaferro, L.A., Rienzo, B.A., Miller, M.D., Pigg, R.M., & Dodd, V. J. (2008). High school youth and suicide risk: Exploring protection afforded through physical activity and sport participation. Journal of School Health, 78(10), 545-553.