RMS students successfully defend their dissertations

Congratulations to two nearly made Ph.D. students who successfully defended their dissertations.

The two students in the Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) program are Jieru Chen and Erica Edwards.

Edwards presented her dissertation titled, “(Bad) girls: Black girls’ and school administrators’ perceptions of re-entry after exclusionary discipline through a womanist approach to narrative inquiry. ” Members of her committee include Jennifer Esposito, who was present via telephone, and Layli Maparyan, an external member, womanist scholar and former GSU faculty.

Chen presented her dissertation titled, “Residual Normality Assumption and the Estimation of Multiple Membership Random Effects Models.” Drs. Hongli Li and Kevin Fortner were on the committee, as well as Dr. Ruiyan Luo from GSU’s Epidemiology & Biostatistics department.

Jieru Chen with faculty members

Ruiya Luo, Hongli Li, Jieru Chen, Audrey Leroux, Kevin Fortner

Jieru Chen with her dissertation presentation

Jieru Chen and Dr. Audrey Leroux

Jieru Chen with her dissertation presentation

Jieru Chen with her presentation


(l to r) Dr. Joyce King, Erica Edwards and Dr. Janice Fournillier.