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  • History / Theory Lab
  • History / Theory Lab

Donna Tafreshi

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Donna completed her MA in 2014 with a focus on social-cognitive, linguistic, and epistemological development. In 2018, she completed her PhD with a focus on statistics, psychometrics, research methodology (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed), and history/philosophy of science. She was also a predoctoral research intern with the Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methods program at UBC. She currently works as a provincial project manager and analyst with Providence Health Care. She is also an Adjunct Professor with the SFU Department of Psychology and continues to collaborate on projects with Dr. Slaney.

Courses Taught

PSYC 210: Introduction to Data Analysis for Psychology (Simon Fraser University)
PSYC 301: Intermediate Research Design & Data Analysis
(University of the Fraser Valley)
PSYC 306: Assessment (Measurement & Testing; University of the Fraser Valley)

Selected Publications

Hohn, R. E., Slaney, K. L., & Tafreshi, D. (2019). Primary study quality in psychological meta-analyses: An empirical assessment of recent practice. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02667

Tafreshi, D., Khalil, N., & Racine, T. P. (2018). A qualitative person-oriented inquiry into women's perspectives on knowledge and knowing. Human Development, 61(6), 337-362.

Trevisan, D., Tafreshi, D.,* Slaney, K. L., Yager, J., & Iarocci, G. (2018). A psychometric evaluation of the multidimensional social competence scale (MSCS) for young adults. PLoS ONE, 13(11). doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206800

      *Psychometric consultant; Hierarchical Confirmatory Factor Analysis

Slaney, K. L., Tafreshi, D., & Hohn, R. (2018). Random or fixed? An empirical examination of meta-analysis model choices. Review of General Psychology, 22(3), 290-304.

Slaney, K. L. & Tafreshi, D. (2018). Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed? Should philosophy guide method choice?  In B. Schiff (Ed.), Situating qualitative methods in psychological science. New York: Routledge.

Viljoen, J. L., Gray, A. L., Shaffer, C. S., Bhanwer, A., Tafreshi, D.,* & Douglas, K.S. (2017). Does reassessment of risk improve predictions? A framework, review, and examination of the SAVRY and YLS/CMI. Psychological Assessment, 29(9), 1096-1110.

      *Statistical consultant; Generalized Linear Mixed Effects Regression (Multilevel Modeling)

Tafreshi, D., Slaney, K. L., & Neufeld, S. D. (2016). Quantification in psychology: Critical analysis of an unreflective practice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 36,(4), 233-249.

Tafreshi, D. & Racine, T. P. (2016). Children's interpretive theory of mind: The role of mothers' personal epistemologies and mother-child talk about interpretation. Cognitive Development, 39, 57-70.

Tafreshi, D. & Racine, T. P. (2015). Conceptualizing personal epistemology as beliefs about knowledge and knowing: A grammatical investigation. Theory and Psychology, 25(6), 735-752.

Tafreshi, D., Thompson, J. J., & Racine, T. P. (2014). The conceptual-empirical distinction: Optimistic about the study of infant cognition. Human Development, Letters to the Editor: September 3, 2014, 1-6.

Racine, T. P., Wereha, T. J., Vasileva, O., Tafreshi, D., & Thompson, J. J. (2014). The evolution of joint attention: A review and analysis. In M. Pina & N. Gontier (Eds.), The evolution of social communication in primates: A multidisciplinary approach (pp. 127-145). New York: Springer.

Tafreshi, D., Thompson, J. J., & Racine, T. P. (2014). An analysis of the conceptual foundations of the infant preferential looking paradigm. Human Development, 57(4), 222-240.

For methodological/statistical consulting, please contact via email.