Lab Director

Dr. Rachel Fouladi
Measurement and Modelling Lab, Director
Associate Professor & History, Quantitative, & Theoretical Psychology Area Coordinator, Simon Fraser University Department of Psychology

Rachel Fouladi (Ph.D., 1996; Psychology: Quantitative Methods/Psychometrics, University of British Columbia, Canada) and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining SFU, she was faculty at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Dept. of Behavioral Sciences) and The University of Texas at Austin (Dept. of Educational Psychology), collaborated on multiple multi-year U.S. federal grants, and consulted with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and the Texas Department of Human Services. Dedicated to the advancement of research practice and methods, she has developed a broad research program (with over 70 publications and over 180 conference presentations) in the development and study of quantitative methods, factors influencing individuals' responses to questionnaires, with applied work in health/well-being measurement and modeling.

Within the Department of Psychology at SFU, she is current Area Coordinator of History, Quantitative, and Theoretical Psychology; in her former institutions, service included comparable leadership roles for the Section of Behavioral Statistics (UT-MDACC) and the Quantitative Methods Area (UT-Austin).  Recipient of Canadian federal research funding, she has also served on Canadian national grant adjudication panels. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Committee the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology's journal, Multivariate Behavioral Research (2008-2011), and on editorial boards or as reviewer of key journals in the field. She regularly serves on the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology's student dissertation research grant review committee.

She is active in her service to major psychological associations. She is a member of the Council of Representatives of the Western Psychological Association. Service to the American Psychological Association's Division 5 (Quanitative and Qualitative Methods) includes contributions to the Division 5 Executive Committee through work on the APA Convention Program Committee (member 2005-2008, co-chair 2007), and most recently, as Division Financial Officer (2014-2017). In 2018, she began service (a 3-year term, 2018-2020) as an elected to the APA Council of Representatives (the decision making body of the APA, where she has taken an active role in varied Caucuses and Workgroups -- e.g., Caucus of General and Applied Psychologists/Psychology, Council Diversity Workgroup, Coalition for Academic, Scientific and Applied Research Psychology, Ethnic Minority Issues in Psychology Caucus). In 2020, she was re-elected to serve a 2nd term as member of Council of Representatives of APA (2021-2023), and also elected to serve as Chair of the Caucus of General and Applied Psychologists/Psychology starting in 2021. 

An elected member of the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology since 2007, she is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Western Psychological Association (WPA), the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI, APA Division 9), and the American Middle Eastern, North African Psychology Association (AMENA-Psy), and the Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP). Within the American Psychological Association, she is also a member of Division 5 (Quantitative and Qualitiative Methods) and Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology), and the Running Psychologists. 

Currently the area coordinator of the Psychology Department's area of History, Quantitative, and Theoretical Psychology, she is also on the department's Chair's Advisory Committee as well as on the department's Indigenous Reconciliation Committee. With previous experience as the department's Graduate Program Chair, with service on the university's, FASS, and the department's Graduate Studies Committee, the department's Undergraduate Studies Committee, she has knowledge of graduate and undergraduate programs, and considers mentorship and provision of opportunites to students of diverse backgrounds of particular import. 

If you are interested in becoming a graduate student in Dr. Fouladi's lab, please visit the rest go to the Psychology Department website for information on how to the Department's Graduate Program. For further information, you may also contact Dr. Fouladi by email.