Professor | Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education | SIU

Southern Illinois University



STEM Education Research Center

College of Science

Yanyan Sheng

Yanyan Sheng

Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education


Dr. Sheng is Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Department of Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special Education, where she teaches graduate-level courses in educational statistics and measurement. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. Her primary research interests focus on modeling dichotomous responses in educational and psychological measurement using advanced modern statistics, specifically, on developing and applying complex, yet efficient Bayesian hierarchical item response models. She has also been collaborating with her colleagues in areas such as science assessment, game-based learning, health education where she applies statistical/measurement methods to real data conditions. Dr. Sheng was recipient of the 2006 APA Division 5 (Measurement, Evaluation & Statistics) Distinguished Dissertation Award, and the 2014 SIU COEHS Scholar Excellence Award. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and is currently the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Quantitative Methods in Education and Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology and Measurement.