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 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 is on maternity leave from June 2021 to June 2022. 

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Select Publications

  • Kunicki, Z., Counsell, A., & Harlow, L. L. (in press). Psychometric evaluations of eight attitudes towards quantitative methods measures. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.

  • Counsell, A., & Cribbie, R. A. (accepted). Student attitudes toward learning statistics with R. Psychology Teaching Review. [preprint]

  • 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. [paper

  • 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]

  • 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]

Dr. Alyssa Counsell

Lab Director