Ying (Alison) Cheng


Associate Director of Education Initiatives and Professor of Psychology


Corbett Family Hall
574.631.7649 | ycheng4@nd.edu


Ying (Alison) Cheng is a psychologist whose research focuses on quantitative methods in educational and psychological measurement research, particularly item response theory (IRT) and cognitive diagnostic modeling. Her research seeks to improve the precision, validity, fairness, and usefulness of large-scale standardized tests such as the GRE and statewide student assessments.

Cheng’s research complements the other aspects of her work as associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology, such as teaching of undergraduate statistics and graduate courses in Item Response Theory, Psychological Measurement, and Test Development. For Professor Cheng, it is extremely exciting and gratifying when research ideas are generated from classroom teaching.