Yesterday I read with great, interested pleasure the gradPSYCH piece "Postgrad growth area: Quantitative psychology." I am very pleased to note that after more than 30 years of little or no awareness, APA psychologists and grad students are being informed of the critical shortage regarding quantitative psychology. But this crisis goes well beyond the area of quantitative psychology. The crisis began and continues with a shortage of psychometrics and psychometricians, whose numbers have been in steady decline since the 1970s. For more on the topic, see my 2005 invited address at APA on the dearth of U.S. psychometricians, which was published in Perceptual and Motor Skills (Vol. 104, No. 1) in 2007.

Peter Merenda, PhD
University of Rhode Island

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