Lab Director

Dr. Alyssa Counsell
416-979-5000, ext. 6499
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Twitter: @AlyssaCounsell


Dr. Alyssa Counsell is the lab director for the Research Methods and Statistics (RMaS) Lab. She joined the Department of Psychology at Ryerson in 2018. Dr. Counsell researches the applications of advanced statistical models for complex psychological data. She seeks to bridge the gap between methodological innovation and applied statistical practice. Much of her work has focused on creating and evaluating novel statistical methods for the social and behavioural sciences. Additional ongoing work includes assessing attitudes toward statistics, identifying statistical challenges for applied researchers, creating software for accessible implementation of statistical tools, and exploring ways to better emphasize research transparency and open science practices. She is also interested in anxiety research and health psychology.

Dr. Counsell received her PhD from the Quantitative Methods area in Psychology at York University. At York, she taught advanced undergraduate statistics, regularly taught short courses on statistical software like SPSS and R, and worked as a statistical consultant through the Institute for Social Research. At Ryerson, she teaches graduate level statistics and methods courses.

Select Publications

  • Counsell, A., Cribbie, R. A., & Chalmers, R. P. (2020). Comparing means under heteroscedasticity and nonnormality: Further exploring robust means modeling. Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, 18(1), 1-24.

  • Hoyda, J. J., Counsell, A., & Cribbie, R. A. (2019). Traditional and Bayesian approaches for testing mean equivalence and a lack of association. The Quantitative Methods for Psychology, 15(1), 12–24.

  • Counsell, A., & Harlow, L. L. (2017). Reporting practices and use of quantitative methods in Canadian journal articles in psychology. Canadian Psychology, 58(2), 140-147. [paper]

  • Counsell, A., Cribbie, R. A, & Harlow, L. L. (2016). Increasing literacy in quantitative methods: The key to the future of Canadian psychology. Canadian Psychology, 57(3), 193-201. [paper]

  • Cribbie, R. A., Ragoonanan, C., & Counsell, A. (2016). Testing for negligible interaction: A coherent and robust approach. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 69(2), 159-174. [paper]

  • Chalmers, R. P., Counsell, A., & Flora, D. (2016). It might not make a big DIF: Improved statistics for Differential Test Functioning. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 76(1), 114-140. [paper]

  • Counsell, A., & Cribbie, R. A. (2015). Equivalence tests for comparing correlation and regression coefficients. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology. 68(2), 292-309. [paper]


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