Professor named American Psychological Association fellow


Cal State San Bernardino psychology professor Jodie Ullman was recently awarded the prestigious Fellow status in the American Psychology Association in recognition of her teaching and writing, which has had a national impact in the field of psychology.


Jodie Ullman, professor of psychology at Cal State San Bernardino, was recently awarded the prestigious Fellow status in the American Psychology Association in recognition of her teaching and writing, which has had a national impact in the field of psychology. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

Ullman, who currently serves as chair of the university’s Faculty Senate, is director of the psychology department’s master of arts program in general experimental psychology. Her primary teaching responsibilities are graduate level statistics in the psychology department, specializing in applied multivariate statistics, particularly structural equation modeling and multilevel methods.

It was for her teaching that she was awarded Fellow status. According to the APA, “Election to Fellow status requires evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level. A high level of competence or steady and continuing contributions are not sufficient to warrant Fellow status. National impact must be demonstrated.”

Diane Halpern, trustee professor of psychology and Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College and a former professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at Cal State San Bernardino, nominated Ullman for Fellow status.

“Dr. Ullman is one of the world’s leading scholars in structural equation modeling. Her chapters on this topic are among the most highly cited in this area. They are frequently included on reading lists at universities across the country and in other countries as well,” Halpern said. “Countless numbers of students have learned the theory and practice of structural equation modeling from her written work. She has taught courses in advanced statistics at many universities and to various groups, including those involved in minority research programs.”

Ullman’s writing in several text books have been cited more than 460 times and is required reading at more than 40 universities in the United States.

A paper she wrote in 2006 is required reading in a number of universities in the United States and abroad, including Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany; J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; National Institute of Education, Singapore; Unitat de Conductes Addictives, Barcelona, Spain; University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland; University “Magna Graecia” of Catanzaro, Italy; Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; and University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Halpern added that Ullman has made exceptional contributions to the teaching of psychological statistics, including coordination of the annual series of workshops held by the Western Psychological Association. The workshops are designed to help faculty “brush up” on their statistical skills and understanding, to teach them new methods and ways of thinking about statistical methods in psychology.

“Psychologists from all over the country and from other countries attend these workshops, which is evidence of her national and international contributions to teaching psychology,” Halpern said.

Ullman has also been invited to teach graduate level courses on structural equation modeling and multilevel methods modeling, as well as other advanced statistics at UCLA, USC, Claremont Graduate School and Loma Linda University.

She was recently honored with the 2012 Western Psychological Association Outstanding Teaching Award, largely because of her approach to teaching the difficult subject of statistics.

She also serves on the California State Online Governing Board that is developing CSU system-wide online degree programs across the system’s 23 campuses.

Ullman joined Cal State San Bernardino in 1996. She earned her doctorate in quantitative psychology at UCLA in 1997. Ullman also serves on the American Psychology Association Board of Educational Affairs and has been a member of APA since she was a graduate student in 1992.

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