Rochelle E Tractenberg
Dr. Tractenberg is a tenured professor at Georgetown University, in the Department of Neurology, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics and Rehabilitation Medicine, and a Research Fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. She is a research methodologist specializing in designs and analyses with "difficult to measure" outcomes in biomedical and educational studies. She earned PhDs in psychology/cognitive sciences (1997 from the University of California, Irvine) and measurement, statistics, and evaluation (2009 from the University of Maryland, College Park); she also earned a doctoral level certificate in gerontology (2006 (University of Maryland)) and has over 20 years of experience designing and analyzing experimental research. She was one of the first to earn the Professional Accreditation in Statistics (PStat®) from the American Statistical Association (2012) when the program was established.
She is an elected Fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was the Chair (2017-2019) of the American Statistical Association Committee on Professional Ethics, serving as Vice-Chair 2014-2016, and chaired the Working Groups on revising the ASA Ethical Guidelines 2014-2016 and 2018; she co-chairs the working group for 2021. In addition to supporting effective curricula (i.e., where intended and actual learning goals are aligned), her work to bring psychometrically-defined validity to curriculum decisions led to the first-ever evidence that training in research ethics can be sustainable. She has published over 120 articles, chapters and white papers, and has completed two books about ethical statistics and data science (publishing contracts in the works), and one book in preparation about curriculum and instructional design for higher, graduate, and post-graduate education.