Dr. Jamal Abedi is a Professor of educational measurement at the University of California, Davis. His research interest includes studies in the areas of psychometrics and test development. His recent works include studies on the validity of assessment, accommodation, and classification for English language learners (ELLs) and ELLs with disabilities. He serves on assessment advisory boards for a number of states and assessment consortia as an expert in testing ELLs. Abedi is the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Contribution Relating Research to Practice award by the American Educational Research Association, the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Educational Research Association, the 2013 National Association of Test Directors: Outstanding Contribution to Educational Assessment, the 2014 University of California, Davis: Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, the 2015 UC Davis School of Education Outstanding Faculty award and the 2016 AERA E.F. Lindquist Award. He holds a Master's degree in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in psychometrics from Vanderbilt University.
His research mainly focuses on the assessment and recommendation of English language learners.
Assistant Professor, Taiwan
University:National Pingtung University of Science and Technology
Dr. Chin-Hui Chen pursued her Ph.D. in language and communication research at Cardiff University, the UK and has published papers on issues regarding media representations of older adults, and conversational patterns in communication with older adults. Her research interest is applied sociolinguistics in relation to aging, older age, and older people. She has been working on research projects focusing on the rationales and conversational strategies used in various communicational contexts with older people, such as long-term home care, life-long learning, or intergenerational first encounter talks.
Her research interest mainly involves critical discourse analysis, media and communication, ageing and discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language use and social interactions (particularly with older people).