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Sara Finney
Contact Info

Phone: 540-568-6757

Mailing Address:
MSC 6806
298 Port Republic Road
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2001) Concentration: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (Statistics & Measurement)
  • M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1997) Concentration: Educational Psychology/ Statistics, Measurement, Research Design
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1994) Concentration: Psychology

Scholarly Interests/Research Topics

  • Practical issues in structural equation modeling
  • Instrument development
  • Validity



  • August 2013

    Dr. Robin Anderson (Head and Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. Sara Finney (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. Anna Zilberberg (2013 Graduate, Assessment and Measurement Program), and Dr. Kimberly R. Marsh (2013 Graduate, Assessment and Measurement Program) wrote an article, "American college students’ attitudes toward institutional accountability testing: Developing measures," which was published in Educational Assessment in August.

  • August 2013

    Dr. Sara Finney (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) and Bozhidar Bashkov (Ph.D. student, Assessment and Measurement Program) wrote a didactic piece, "Applying Longitudinal Mean and Covariance Structures analysis to assess construct stability over two time points: An example using psychological entitlement," which was published in the “Methods Plainly Speaking” section of the journal Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development in August.

  • November 2013

    Dr. Sara J. Finney (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) and Jerusha J. Gerstner (Doctorial Assistant) wrote a special feature on how outcomes assessment cycles in student affairs can be improved, which was published in Research & Practice in Assessment in November.