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Biographical Information on Speakers


Media Contact: Patricia Delaney Director of Media Relations
Boston College

TIMSS Project Contact:
Michael O. Martin
Ina V.S. Mullis
Co-Directors International Study Center


Dr. Mary Brabeck, Dean, Lynch School of Education

Mary Brabeck, dean of the Lynch School of Education since 1996, is a noted educator and psychologist. A professor of counseling and developmental psychology at the Lynch School and a licensed psychologist, Brabeck was earlier in her career a member of the Teacher Corps and taught at the junior high school level in an urban school. She is a member of the Massachusetts Education Reform Review Commission, appointed by the governor. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she is vice-president, northeast region, of the Holmes Partnership, a network of universities, schools, community agencies, and national professional organizations seeking to improve teaching and learning for all children.

Brabeck conducts research on ethical sensitivity and the moral self, professional ethics, and intellectual and ethical development. She has published more than 70 book chapters, essays, books, and journal articles, and has received numerous grants, awards, and honors. She is editor of Practicing Feminist Ethics in Psychology, published in 2000 by the American Psychological Association. A graduate of University of Minnesota, she received a master's degree in English and urban education from Saint Cloud State University (Minn.) before earning a Ph.D. in educational psychology at University of Minnesota. After teaching in Minnesota and at Salve Regina College (R.I.), she joined the Boston College faculty in 1980 as an assistant professor. She was also visiting professor at the Center for Human Development, Brown University, for a year before being named dean of the Lynch School.


Dr. Michael O. Martin, Co-Director, International Study Center at Boston College

Michael O. ("Mick") Martin has been directing TIMSS internationally since 1994, first as Deputy Study Director for the original TIMSS conducted in 1995 and most recently as Co-Director of TIMSS 1999. He is Co-Director of the International Study Center at Boston College and a research professor in the Lynch School of Education. He also is Co-Director of IEA’s Progress in Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).

Martin is an internationally recognized expert in designing assessment instruments, operations procedures, and quality assurance procedures. Before joining Boston College, he was a Research Fellow at the Educational Research Centre at St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, where he directed Ireland’s national surveys of student achievement and served as Ireland’s national project representative for four major international students surveys. He has served on IEA’s Technical Advisory Committee since 1992, and is the principal author of a series of technical reports that underlie IEA’s studies. Martin received a M.Sc. degree in computer applications from Trinity College, Dublin (1973) and a Ph.D. in psychology from University College, Dublin (1980).


Dr. Ina V.S. Mullis, Co-Director, International Study Center at Boston College

Co-Director of TIMSS 1999 (also known as TIMSS-R) and the TIMSS 1999 Benchmarking Study, Ina V.S. Mullis has been at Boston College since 1994. She is a professor in the Lynch School of Education’s Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. She also is Co-Director of IEA’s Progress in Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).

Prior to joining Boston College, Mullis was Director of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) at Educational Testing Service, where she played a major role for more than two decades in designing and directing the project, and reporting the results. She was the principal author or co-author of more than two dozen NAEP reports. She received a Ph.D. in educational research from the University of Colorado, where she was the 1983 recipient of the distinguished alumni award from the school of education. She has considerable management experience and technical expertise in a wide range of large-scale national and international assessment methods and issues. Mullis serves on several national advisory panels, including the NAEP Validation Studies Panel, and is the independent evaluation specialist for the Foundation for Teaching Economics.

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