• Christine Fox, PhD is Professor of Research and Measurement, specializing in developing measures of perception for high-stakes decision-making across a variety of academic and business settings. Dr. Fox is best known for co-authoring of one of the leading books on applied measurement. The widespread and continuous references of her text across multiple disciplines (education, health, rehabilitation, psychology, medicine), is a testament to the ways in which measurement has revolutionized the way in which quantitative inferences can be made from perception data. Her book has recently been recognized as one of the most influential works in the field of Rasch measurement.

    Because perception data are often used to influence policy decisions and drive high-stakes decision-making, the nature of the work involves mixed-methods, where not only rigorous statistical diagnostics are used to evaluate the validity of the inferences, but also a deep involvement with content experts who help match the statistical evidence with the qualitative interpretation. By combining various methodological approaches to aid in defining and operationalizing perception constructs, she helps provide evidence to determine the extent to which quantification of perceptions is justifiable, and when the evidence is sufficient, the strength and types of inferences that can be made to further theory and practice. This includes help aligning construct definition, data coding, and analysis that will aid researchers and practitioners in extracting maximum meaning to make evidence-based decisions.

    Dr. Fox’s international reputation in the measure of perceptions has been applied to the construction of a passenger experience measure for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to the perceptions of NATO’s perceived operational capacity and visibility, and to the analysis of perceptions held by the EU towards Ukraine and Israel/Palestine. Her expertise in the design and analysis of perception scales has enabled her to bring scientific rigor to the measure of psychological constructs, enabling researchers to make defensible statements regarding quantitative patterns and comparisons about attributes that heretofore could only be summarized qualitatively and descriptively.

    Dr. Fox is now extending her work to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). In 2022 co-developed and published a quantitiative measure of CBPR and is now applying it to a grant for the Ohio Department of Education on the Designing Supports for Early Literacy and Awareness for Families Experiencing Housing Instability and Early Care Professionals Who Work With Them. Future endeavors include collaboration with Cambridge University Press to develop assessment systems for developing countries around the globe.

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