Dept of Ed Psych Presents Dr. James Pustejovsky – Four Things that Every Researcher Should Know About Research Synthesis

Join the Department of Educational Psychology’s Dr. James Pustejovsky, for a talk on the “Four Things that Every Researcher Should Know About Research Synthesis.”

Monday, September 27, 2021.  2:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT
259 Educational Sciences

Meta-analysis is a set of statistical tools for synthesizing results across multiple sources of evidence. Meta-analyses of intervention research are often taken as a gold standard for informing evidence-based practice, yet they are also frequently misinterpreted. In this talk, Pustejovsky will highlight four conceptual issues that arise in conducting and interpreting findings from contemporary meta-analyses:

a) the interpretation of heterogeneous effects
b) the challenge of defining inclusion criteria
c) prospects and limitations of moderator analysis
d) problems of selective reporting

Understanding these issues will help prevention scientists both to be more critical consumers of research syntheses and to improve how they design and conduct their own syntheses. On each issue, he will also highlight outstanding methodological challenges in need of further investigation.

Dr. Pustejovsky is a statistician and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Quantitative Methods Program. His research involves developing statistical methods for problems in education, psychology, and other areas of social science research, with a focus on methods related to research synthesis and meta-analysis.

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