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Stephen  Stark

Stephen Stark

Stephen Stark
Professor and Area Director of Industrial-Organizational Program


Office: PCD 4136
Phone: 813/974-8015



Ph.D. I/O Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
A.M. I/O Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
B.S. Physics University of New Orleans, 1991


My research focuses on the development and application of psychometric methods to practical problems in industrial organizational and educational settings. I have worked with university faculty and practitioners to develop and improve tests measuring constructs, such as job performance, personality, and cognitive ability. My colleagues and I have published papers on computer adaptive testing, differential item and test functioning (measurement bias), and issues related to faking in personality assessment. Courses I have taught at the university level include psychometrics, multivariate statistics, industrial organizational psychology, and introduction to social psychology.

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Recent Publications

(USF student authors in bold)

Chun, S., Harris, A., Carrion, M., Rojas, E. , Stark, S., Lejuez, C., Lechner, W., & Bornovalova, M.A. (2016, in press). A psychometric investigation of gender differences and common processes across Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Drasgow, F., Nye, C.D., Stark, S., & Chernyshenko, O.S. (2014, in press). Differential item and test functioning. In C. Irwing (Ed.) Handbook of Psychometric Testing. NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Joo, S.H., Lee, P. , & Stark, S. (2016, in press). Evaluating anchor-item designs for concurrent calibration with the GGUM. Applied Psychological Measurement.

Lee, P., Joo, S.H. , & Stark, O.S. (2016, in press). A comparison of linking methods for the Zinnes-Griggs unidimensional pairwise preference model. Applied Psychological Measurement.

Stark, S., Chernyshenko, O.S., & Drasgow, F. (2016, in press). Modern psychometric theory to support personnel assessment and selection. In J.L. Farr & N.T. Tippins (Eds.) Handbook of Employee Selection. NY: Routledge.

Chernyshenko, O.S., & Stark, S. (2016). Mobile psychological assessment. In F. Drasgow (Ed.), Technology and testing: Improving educational and psychological measurement (pp. 206 – 216). New York, NY: Routledge.

Chun, S. , Stark, S., Chernyshenko, O.S., & Kim, E.S. (2016). MIMIC methods for detecting DIF among multiple groups: Exploring a new sequential-free baseline procedure. Applied Psychological Measurement, 40, 486 – 499.

Kim, E.S., Joo, S.H., Lee, P., Wang, Y. , & Stark, S. (2016). Measurement invariance testing across between-level latent classes using multilevel factor mixture modeling. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 23, 870 – 877.

Stark, S., & Chernyshenko, O.S., & Potter, S. (2016). Standardized testing. In S.G. Rogelberg (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 754-758). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Stark, S., Martin, J. , & Chernyshenko, O.S. (2016). Technology and testing: Developments in education, work, and healthcare. In F. T. L. Leong, D. Bartram, F. Cheung, K. F. Geisinger, and D. Iliescu (Eds.) The ITC International Handbook of Testing and Assessment (pp. 395 – 407). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wang, W., Lee, P., Joo, S.H. , Stark, S., & Louden, R. (2016). MCMC Z-G: An IRT computer program for forced-choice noncognitive measurement. Applied Psychological Measurement, 40, 551 – 553.

Guenole, N., Chernyshenko, O.S., Stark, S., & Drasgow, F. (2015). Are predictions based on situational judgment tests precise enough for feedback in leadership development? European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 24, 433 – 443.

Rojas, E. C. , Hicks, B. M., Stark, S., Hopwood, C. J., Bornovalova, M. A. (2015). Elaborating on the construct validity of the Minnesota Borderline Personality Disorder Scale: A multi-sample, longitudinal examination. Psychological Assessment.

Lee, P. , Stark, S., & Chernyshenko, O.S. (2014). Detecting aberrant responding on unidimensional pairwise preference tests: An application of lz based on the Zinnes Griggs ideal point IRT model. Applied Psychological Measurement, 38, 391 – 403.

Seybert, J., Stark, S., & Chernyshenko, O.S. (2014). Detecting DIF with ideal point models: A comparison of area and parameter difference methods. Applied Psychological Measurement, 38, 151 – 165.

Stark, S., Chernyshenko, O.S., Drasgow, F., White, L.A., Heffner, T., Nye, C.D., & Farmer, W.L. (2014). From ABLE to TAPAS: A new generation of personality tests to support military selection and classification decisions. Military Psychology, 26, 153 – 164.

Woo, S.E., Chernyshenko, O.S., Longley, A., Zhang, Z.X., Chiu, C.Y., & Stark. S. (2014). Openness to Experience: Its lower-level structure, measurement, and cross-cultural equivalence. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 29 – 45.

Woo, S.E., Chernyshenko, O.S., Stark, S., & Conz, G. (2014). Validity of six openness facets in predicting work behaviors: A meta-analysis. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 76 – 86.