About Me

MeHello! I am Justin Kern. Currently, I am a visiting assistant professor of quantitative psychology at the University of California, Merced.

I got my Ph.D. in quantitative psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. My primary area of focus is measurement, primarily on computer adaptive testing. In my time at Illinois, I also worked as the statistical expert in the Child Development Lab, particularly with the father involvement group.

I am a born-and-raised Michigander, graduating from Central Michigan University in 2009 with a double-major in mathematics and psychology. It was just destiny that I would study quantitative psychology. Outside of my academic work, I maintain an interest in music; I can often be found dabbling with my instrument collection, which includes four guitars, five saxophones, and several other woodwinds. Other non-academic interests of mine include Major League Baseball (I am a Detroit Tigers fan), college football (Michigan State and Illinois), craft beer, video games, random facts, and my cat.