Johan Braeken

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Academic Interests

Measuring and trying to explain why people differ on basic human skills and abilities remains an intriguing topic. As a Psychometrician I am interested in all aspects of Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing, with a specific passion for the Development and Application of Latent Variable Models in a new measurement context.

My core research interests are in psychometric modelling especially in relation to modern test design including computerized adaptive testing (CAT) and strong item-level validation frameworks. In addition, I have taken an interest in exploring how to evaluate and assess the information value and data quality of international large-scale assessments in education.

Higher Education and Employment History

  • Professor, University of Oslo, Norway 2017-current
  • Associate professor, University of Oslo, Norway 2014-2017
  • Assistant professor, Wageningen University and Research centre, The Netherlands 2013-2014
  • Assistant professor, Tilburg University, The Netherlands 2009-2013
  • Psychometrician at CITO, Central institute for test development, Arnhem, The Netherlands 2008-2009
  • Phd. Psychology - Psychometrics, K.U.Leuven, Belgium 2008.
Tags: Psychometrics, Item Response Theory, Modern test design, CAT, Statistics

Publications

Braeken, J., & Paap, M. C. S. (2020). Making Fixed-Precision Between-Item Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Tests Even Shorter by Reducing the Asymmetry Between Selection and Stopping Rules. Applied Psychological Measurement, 44, 531–547.

Braeken, J. & Van Assen, M.A.L.M. (2017). An empirical Kaiser criterion. Psychological Methods, 22, 450-466.

Braeken, J., Kuppens, P., De Boeck, P., & Tuerlinckx, F. (2013). Contextualized personality questionnaires: A case for copulas in structural equation models for categorical data. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 48, 845-870.

Braeken, J. (2011). A boundary mixture approach to violations of conditional independence. Psychometrika, 76, 57-76.

Braeken, J., & Tuerlinckx, F. (2009). A mixed model framework for teratology studies. Biostatistics, 10, 744-755.

Braeken, J., & Tuerlinckx, F. (2009). Investigating latent constructs with item response models: A Matlab IRTm Toolbox. Behavior Research Methods, 41, 1127-1137.

Braeken, J., Tuerlinckx, F., & De Boeck, P. (2007). Copulas for residual dependencies. Psychometrika, 72, 393-411.

  • Frans, Niek; Braeken, Johan; Veldkamp, Bernard P. & Paap, Muirne C. S. (2022). Empirical Priors in Polytomous Computerized Adaptive Tests: Risks and Rewards in Clinical Settings. Applied Psychological Measurement. ISSN 0146-6216. doi: 10.1177/01466216221124091.
  • Marcq, Kseniia & Braeken, Johan (2022). The blind side: Exploring item variance in PISA 2018 cognitive domains. Assessment in education: Principles, Policy & Practice. ISSN 0969-594X. 29(3), p. 332–360. doi: 10.1080/0969594X.2022.2097199.
  • Busch, Tobias; Brinchmann, Ellen Irén; Braeken, Johan & Wie, Ona Bø (2022). Receptive Vocabulary of Children With Bilateral Cochlear Implants From 3 to 16 Years of Age. Ear and Hearing. ISSN 0196-0202. 43(6), p. 1866–1880. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000001220.
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2022). Random Responders in the TIMSS 2015 Student Questionnaire: A Threat to Validity? Journal of Educational Measurement. ISSN 0022-0655. p. 1–32. doi: 10.1111/jedm.12317. Full text in Research Archive
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2022). Caught off Base: A Note on the Interpretation of Incremental Fit Indices. Structural Equation Modeling. ISSN 1070-5511. doi: 10.1080/10705511.2022.2050730. Full text in Research Archive
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2021). Understanding the Comparative Fit Index: It's all about the base! Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation. ISSN 1531-7714. 26(26), p. 1–25. doi: 10.7275/23663996. Full text in Research Archive
  • Brosseau, Danielle; Braeken, Johan; Carmack, Cindy; Rosberger, Zeev & Körner, Annett (2021). We think we can: development of the Dyadic Efficacy Scale for Cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice. ISSN 2637-5974. 3(4). doi: 10.1097/OR9.0000000000000066. Full text in Research Archive
  • Steinmann, Isa; Sanchez, Daniel; van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2021). The impact of inconsistent responders to mixed-worded scales on inferences in international large-scale assessments. Assessment in education: Principles, Policy & Practice. ISSN 0969-594X. doi: 10.1080/0969594X.2021.2005302. Full text in Research Archive
  • Karlsen, Jannicke; Hjetland, Hanne Næss; Hagtvet, Bente Eriksen; Braeken, Johan & Melby-Lervåg, Monica (2021). The concurrent and longitudinal relationship between narrative skills and other language skills in children . First language. ISSN 0142-7237. doi: 10.1177/0142723721995688. Full text in Research Archive
  • Steinmann, Isa; Strietholt, Rolf & Braeken, Johan (2021). A Constrained Factor Mixture Analysis Model for Consistent and Inconsistent Respondents to Mixed-Worded Scales. Psychological methods. ISSN 1082-989X. doi: 10.1037/met0000392. Full text in Research Archive
  • Kalandadze, Tamara; Braeken, Johan; Brynskov, Cecilia & Næss, Kari-Anne Bottegaard (2021). Metaphor Comprehension in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Core Language Skills Matter. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. ISSN 0162-3257. p. 1–11. doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-04922-z. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hummelen, Benjamin; Braeken, Johan; Christensen, Tore Buer; Nysæter, Tor Erik; Germans Selvik, Sara & Walther, Kristoffer Lygren [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2020). A psychometric analysis of the structured clinical interview for the DSM-5 alternative model for personality disorders module I (SCID-5-AMPD-I): Level of personality functioning scale . Assessment (ASM). ISSN 1073-1911. 28(5), p. 1320–1333. doi: 10.1177/1073191120967972. Full text in Research Archive
  • Paap, Muirne C.S.; Hummelen, Benjamin; Braeken, Johan; Arnevik, Espen Kristian Ajo; Walderhaug, Espen & Wilberg, Theresa [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2020). A multi-center psychometric evaluation of the Severity Indices of Personality Problems 118 (SIPP-118): Do we really need all those facets? Quality of Life Research. ISSN 0962-9343. 30(2), p. 567–575. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02654-8. Full text in Research Archive
  • Braeken, Johan & Paap, Muirne C. S. (2020). Making Fixed-Precision Between-Item Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Tests Even Shorter by Reducing the Asymmetry Between Selection and Stopping Rules. Applied Psychological Measurement. ISSN 0146-6216. doi: 10.1177/0146621620932666. Full text in Research Archive
  • Paap, Muirne C. S.; Born, Sebastian & Braeken, Johan (2019). Measurement Efficiency for Fixed-Precision Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Tests: Comparing Health Measurement and Educational Testing Using Example Banks. Applied Psychological Measurement. ISSN 0146-6216. 43(1), p. 68–83. doi: 10.1177/0146621618765719. Full text in Research Archive
  • Pettersen, Andreas & Braeken, Johan (2019). Mathematical Competency Demands of Assessment Items: a Search for Empirical Evidence. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. ISSN 1571-0068. 17(2), p. 405–425. doi: 10.1007/s10763-017-9870-y. Full text in Research Archive
  • Brinchmann, Ellen Iren; Braeken, Johan & Lyster, Solveig-Alma Halaas (2018). Is there a direct relation between the development of vocabulary and grammar? Developmental Science. ISSN 1363-755X. p. 1–13. doi: 10.1111/desc.12709. Full text in Research Archive
  • Daus, Stephan; Nilsen, Trude & Braeken, Johan (2018). Exploring content knowledge: Country profile of science strengths and weaknesses in TIMSS. Possible implications for educational professionals and science research. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. ISSN 0031-3831. p. 1–19. doi: 10.1080/00313831.2018.1478882. Full text in Research Archive
  • Daus, Stephan & Braeken, Johan (2018). The sensitivity of TIMSS country rankings in science achievement to differences in opportunity to learn at classroom level. Large-scale Assessments in Education. ISSN 2196-0739. 6(1). doi: 10.1186/s40536-018-0054-1. Full text in Research Archive
  • Arnesen, Anne; Braeken, Johan; Ogden, Terje & Melby-Lervåg, Monica (2018). Assessing Children’s Social Functioning and Reading Proficiency: A Systematic Review of the Quality of Educational Assessment Instruments Used in Norwegian Elementary Schools. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. ISSN 0031-3831. p. 1–26. doi: 10.1080/00313831.2017.1420685. Full text in Research Archive
  • Tesema, Melaku Tesfa & Braeken, Johan (2018). Regional inequalities and gender differences in academic achievement as a function of educational opportunities: Evidence from Ethiopia. International Journal of Educational Development. ISSN 0738-0593. 60, p. 51–59. doi: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2017.10.023. Full text in Research Archive
  • Paap, Muirne C. S.; Braeken, Johan; Pedersen, Geir Feigum; Urnes, Øyvind; Karterud, Sigmund & Wilberg, Theresa [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2017). A Psychometric Evaluation of the DSM-IV Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder: Dimensionality, Local Reliability, and Differential Item Functioning Across Gender. Assessment (ASM). ISSN 1073-1911. doi: 10.1177/1073191117745126. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hall, Ruby A.S.; Hoffenkamp, Hannah N.; Braeken, Johan; Tooten, Anneke; Vingerhoets, Ad J.J.M. & van Bakel, Hedwig J.A. (2017). Maternal psychological distress after preterm birth: Disruptive or adaptive? Infant Behavior and Development. ISSN 0163-6383. 49, p. 272–280. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2017.09.012. Full text in Research Archive
  • Arnesen, Anne; Braeken, Johan; Baker, Scott; Meek-Hansen, Wilhelm; Ogden, Terje & Melby-Lervåg, Monica (2017). Growth in Oral Reading Fluency in a Semitransparent Orthography: Concurrent and Predictive Relations With Reading Proficiency in Norwegian, Grades 2–5. Reading Research Quarterly. ISSN 0034-0553. 52(2), p. 177–201. doi: 10.1002/rrq.159. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rutten, Elisabeth A P; Bachrach, Nathan; van Balkom, Anton J L M; Braeken, Johan; Ouwens, Machteld A & Bekker, Marrie H J (2016). Anxiety, depression and autonomy–connectedness: The mediating role of alexithymia and assertiveness. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. ISSN 1476-0835. 89(4), p. 385–401. doi: 10.1111/papt.12083.
  • Wood, Stephen; Niven, Karen & Braeken, Johan (2016). Managerial abuse and the process of absence among mental health staff. Work, Employment and Society. ISSN 0950-0170. 30(5), p. 783–801. doi: 10.1177/0950017015613755.
  • Braeken, Johan & Van Assen, Marcel A. L. M. (2016). An empirical Kaiser criterion. Psychological methods. ISSN 1082-989X. 22(3), p. 450–466. doi: 10.1037/met0000074.
  • Braeken, Johan & Blömeke, Sigrid (2016). Comparing future teachers’ beliefs across countries: approximate measurement invariance with Bayesian elastic constraints for local item dependence and differential item functioning. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. ISSN 0260-2938. 41(5), p. 733–749. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2016.1161005.
  • Hoffenkamp, Hannah N.; Braeken, Johan; Hall, Ruby A.S.; Tooten, Anneke; Vingerhoets, Ad J.J.M. & van Bakel, Hedwig J.A. (2015). Parenting in complex conditions: Does preterm birth provide a context for the development of less optimal parental behavior? Journal of Pediatric Psychology. ISSN 0146-8693. 40(6), p. 559–571. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv007.
  • Hall, Ruby A.S.; Hoffenkamp, Hannah N.; Tooten, Anneke; Braeken, Johan; Vingerhoets, Ad J.J.M. & van Bakel, Hedwig J.A. (2015). The quality of parent–infant interaction in the first 2 years after full-term and preterm birth. Parenting, science and practice. ISSN 1529-5192. 15(4), p. 247–268. doi: 10.1080/15295192.2015.1053333.
  • Traa, Marjan J.; Braeken, Johan; De Vries, Jolanda; Roukema, Jan A.; Slooter, Gerrit D. & Crolla, Rogier M.P.H. [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2015). Sexual, marital, and general life functioning in couples coping with colorectal cancer: A dyadic study across time. Psycho-Oncology. ISSN 1057-9249. 24(9), p. 1181–1188. doi: 10.1002/pon.3801.
  • Hoffenkamp, Hannah; Tooten, Anneke; Hall, Ruby; Braeken, Johan; Eliëns, Marij & Vingerhoets, Ad [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2015). Effectiveness of Hospital-Based Video Interaction Guidance on Parental Interactive Behavior, Bonding, and Stress After Preterm Birth: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. ISSN 0022-006X. 83, p. 416–429. doi: 10.1037/a0038401.
  • Traa, Marjan; Braeken, Johan; De Vries, Jolanda; Roukema, Jan; Orsini, Ricardo & Den Oudsten, Brenda L. (2015). Evaluating quality of life and response shift from a couple-based perspective: a study among patients with colorectal cancer and their partners. Quality of Life Research. ISSN 0962-9343. 24, p. 1431–1441. doi: 10.1007/s11136-014-0872-8.
  • Dang, Cai-Ping; Braeken, Johan; Colom, Roberto; Ferrer, Emilio & Liu, Chang (2015). Do processing speed and short-term storage exhaust the relation between working memory capacity and intelligence? Personality and Individual Differences. ISSN 0191-8869. 74, p. 241–247. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.10.012.
  • Braeken, Johan; Mulder, Joris & Wood, Stephen (2015). Relative Effects at Work: Bayes Factors for Order Hypotheses. Journal of Management. ISSN 0149-2063. 41(2), p. 544–573. doi: 10.1177/0149206314525206.
  • Hall, RAS; Hoffenkamp, HN; Tooten, A; Braeken, Johan; Vingerhoets, AJJM & van Bakel, HJA (2015). Longitudinal associations between maternal disrupted representations, maternal interactive behavior and infant attachment: a comparison between full-term and preterm dyads. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. ISSN 0009-398X. 46(2), p. 320–331. doi: 10.1007/s10578-014-0473-3.
  • Hall, RAS; Hoffenkamp, HN; Tooten, A; Braeken, Johan; Vingerhoets, AJJM & Van Bakel, HJA (2015). Child-Rearing History and Emotional Bonding in Parents of Preterm and Full-Term Infants. Journal of Child and Family Studies. ISSN 1062-1024. 24(6), p. 1715–1726. doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-9975-7.
  • Maas, A Janneke; Vreeswijk, Charlotte; Braeken, Johan; Vingerhoets, Ad & van Bakel, Hedwig (2014). Determinants of maternal fetal attachment in women from a community-based sample. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. ISSN 0264-6838. 32, p. 5–24. doi: 10.1080/02646838.2013.853170.
  • Vreeswijk, Charlotte; Maas, A Janneke; Rijk, Catharina; Braeken, Johan & van Bakel, Hedwig (2014). Stability of fathers' representations of their infants during the transition to parenthood. Attachment & Human Development. ISSN 1461-6734. 16, p. 292–306. doi: 10.1080/14616734.2014.900095.
  • van Dinther, Mart; Dochy, Filip; Segers, Mien & Braeken, Johan (2014). Student perceptions of assessment and student self-efficacy in competence-based education. Educational studies (Dorchester-on-Thames). ISSN 0305-5698. 40(3), p. 330–351. doi: 10.1080/03055698.2014.898577.
  • Braeken, Johan (2011). A BOUNDARY MIXTURE APPROACH TO VIOLATIONS OF CONDITIONAL INDEPENDENCE. Psychometrika. ISSN 0033-3123. 76, p. 57–76. doi: 10.1007/S11336-010-9190-4.

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  • Steinmann, Isa; Sanchez Ruiz, Jesus Daniel; Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2022). How do inconsistent responders to mixed-worded questionnaire scales affect inferences in international large scale assessments? .
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2021). Random responders in international large-scale assessments in education: A threat to validity?
  • Steinmann, Isa; Braeken, Johan & Strietholt, Rolf (2021). Identifying Inconsistent Respondents to Mixed-Worded Scales in Large-Scale Assessments.
  • Braeken, Johan & Van Laar, Saskia (2019). Self-reported personality of Parents & Perceived Temperament of their Infant.
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2019). Random responders in international large-scale assessments in education: A threat to validity.
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2019). Decomposing the Comparative Fit Index: Effect of model characteristics on CFI performance.
  • Kalandadze, Tamar; Braeken, Johan; Brynskov, Cecilia & Næss, Kari-Anne Bottegaard (2019). Difficulties in Metaphor Comprehension: A Hallmark of Autism Spectrum Disorder or of Poor Structural Language Ability?
  • Daus, Stephan; Stancel-Piatak, Agnes & Braeken, Johan (2019). Curriculum sensitivity of the TIMSS science test: Adjacent-grades within schools design. Full text in Research Archive
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2018). Model fit: Rules-of-thumb vs Sampling distributions.
  • Daus, Stephan; Stancel-Piatak, Agnes & Braeken, Johan (2018). Instructional sensitivity of the TIMSS items and test to Norwegian science education instruction.
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2018). Measurement Invariance in Within-Group Designs.
  • Van Laar, Saskia & Braeken, Johan (2018). Measurement Invariance in Within-Subjects Designs.
  • Daus, Stephan & Braeken, Johan (2017). Are TIMSS country scores and rankings sensitive to varying opportunities to learn?
  • Helland-Riise, Fredrik & Braeken, Johan (2017). The Radicals of Abstract Reasoning Assessments: An Explanatory Item Response Modelling Approach.
  • Arnesen, Anne; Smolkowski, Keith; Baker, Scott; Braeken, Johan; Meek-Hansen, Wilhelm & Ogden, Terje [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2017). Assessing Elementary Students’ Social Functioning and Reading Proficiency.
  • Tesema, Melaku Tesfa & Braeken, Johan (2016). Regional and gender differences in academic achievement as a function of opportunities to learn: Evidence from Ethiopia .
  • Helland-Riise, Fredrik & Braeken, Johan (2016). Explanatory Item Response Modelling Of An Abstract Reasoning Assessment: A Case For Modern Test Design.
  • Arnesen, Anne; Braeken, Johan; Baker, Scott; Meek-Hansen, Wilhelm & Ogden, Terje (2016). Growth in Oral Reading Fluency in a Semi-Transparent Orthography.
  • Daus, Stephan; Nilsen, Trude & Braeken, Johan (2015). Explaining Item Difficulty Heterogeneity Across Content Groups with Curricular Coverage.
  • Scherer, Ronny & Braeken, Johan (2014). The issue of item dependencies in problem solving assessments: Comparing different modeling approaches.

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