Ronald Serlin

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Ronald Serlin

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Ronald Serlin

Professor Emeritus
Educational Psychology (EdPsych)

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1025 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706-1706
Office: 608/262-0845
Fax: 608/262-0843

Personal Biography

Dr. Serlin's mastery in teaching introductory statistics courses helped earn him a Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching award early in his career at Wisconsin. His expertise as a statistical consultant is recognized by researchers across the campus. Dr. Serlin publishes regularly in Psychological Bulletin and he has won the annual research report awards competition for Division D of the American Educational Research Association. In addition to introductory statistics, Dr. Serlin teaches courses in multivariate statistics, nonparametric statistics, the philosophy of statistics and has been a past chair of the department.



Research Interests

Currently I am involved in two main lines of research. One investigates the philosophical underpinnings of statistical hypothesis testing. This effort links modern philosophy of science and statistical practice to delineate the role of statistics in the scientific endeavor. The other examines the effects of violations of assumptions on known and proposed parametric and nonparametric tests, a knowledge of which helps to increase the validity of statistical conclusions.


  • Minami, T., Davies, D.R., Tierney, S.C., Bettmann, J.E., McAward, S.M., Averill, L.A., Huebner, L.A., Weitzman, L.M., Benbrook, A.R., Serlin, R.C., & Wampold, B.E. (2009). Preliminary evidence on the effectiveness of psychological treatments delivered at a university counseling center. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 56, 309-320.
    Abstract: doi:10.1037/a0015398
  • Ward, S.E., Donovan, H.S., Gunnarsdottir, S., Serlin, R.C., Shapiro, G., & Hughes, S.H. (2008). A representational intervention to decrease cancer pain (RIDCancerPain). Health Psychology. 27, 59-67.
  • Minami, T., Wampold, B.E., Serlin, R.C., Hamilton, E.G., Brown, G.S., & Kircher, J.C. (2008). Benchmarking the effectiveness of psychotherapy treatment for adult depression in a managed care environment: A preliminary study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 76, 116-124.
    Abstract: doi:10.1037/0022-006X.76.1.116
  • Minami, T., Serlin, R.C., Wampold, B.E., Kircher, J.C., & Brown, G.S. (2008). Using clinical trials to benchmark effects produced in clinical practice. Quality and Quantity. 42, 513-525.
    Abstract: doi:10.1007/s11135-006-9057-z
  • Wollack, J.A., Cohen, A.S., & Serlin, R.C. (2001). Defining error rates and power for detecting answer copying. Applied Psychological Measurement. 25, 385-404.
  • Wampold, B.E., & Serlin, R.C. Consequences of ignoring a nested factor on measures of effect size in analysis of variance. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 5, 425-433.
  • Kwekkeboom, K.L., Bumpus, M., Wanta, B., & Serlin, R.C. (in press). Oncology nurses' use of nondrug pain interventions in practice. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management.
  • Minami, T., Serlin, R.C., Wampold, B.E., Kircher, J.C., & Brown, J.G. (in press). Using clinical trials to benchmark effects produced in clinical practice. Quality and Quantity.
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