Our Director


David J. Francis

Dr. David J. Francis is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair of Quantitative Methods and former Chairman of the Department of Psychology (2002-2014) at the University of Houston, where he also serves as Director of the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics. Dr. Francis obtained a doctoral degree in Clinical-Neuropsychology from the University of Houston in 1985 with a specialization in Quantitative Methods.  He is a Fellow of Division 5 (Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics) of the American Psychological Association and is currently Chairman of the Executive Board of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology.  He is also a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Testing and Assessment, and served on the NRC’s panel on Developmental Outcomes and Assessment of Young Children.  He is a frequent advisor to the Department of Education on statistical issues, assessment and accountability, and English Language Learners. He was a recipient of the 2006 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association, and has received the University of Houston’s Teaching Excellence Award and the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award, and in 2008 received the Esther Farfel Award, which recognizes career accomplishments in research, teaching, and service, and is the highest award given to faculty members at the University of Houston.