Francis Chumney, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher for Psychometric Methods, TMBC

Frances Chumney

Dr. Frances Chumney is a research psychometrician and methodologist who specializes in latent variable measurement, instrument development and validation, statistical simulations, and survey research. Dr. Chumney’s expertise of psychometric and quantitative methods is extensive and includes research design, structural equation modeling, multivariate statistics, longitudinal modeling, Bayesian techniques, classical test theory, item response theory, sampling, and program evaluation. Dr. Chumney has submitted her work for peer review and presented to academic and professional audiences in more than a dozen countries across 6 continents.

Since 2003, Dr. Chumney has been active in research on latent variable measurement, instrument development, analytic techniques, and psychometric methods. As a methodologist, Dr. Chumney has provided research design, instrument development, data collection, analytics, and reporting support to researchers in myriad fields, including nursing, statistics, education, cognitive and developmental psychology, and business. She has served as Project Manager, Research Coordinator, and Methodologist on large federally-funded research projects in the field of education. Dr. Chumney served as research professor and dissertation advisor within the College of Education and the School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia.

Dr. Chumney earned a doctorate degree in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods with a doctoral minor in Survey Research Methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned a master’s degree in quantitative and psychometric methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in behavioral and social sciences from East Tennessee State University.