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Tokac, Umit

Doctor of Philosophy
Assistant Research Professor

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Tokac, Umit

  • Specialties
  • Statistician

Degree: PhD
Academic Title: Doctor of Philosophy
Institute Title: Assistant Research Professor
Email: Umit.Tokac@mimh.edu

Biography

Umit Tokac has a Ph.D. in Measurement and Statistics from Florida State University (FSU). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics education in his home country of Turkey and a second master’s degree from FSU in Measurement and Statistics. He worked at Center for Advancement of Learning and Assessment (CALA) as a graduate research assistant on the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) project for three years. He also worked for State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as a psychometrician during graduate school. After he completed his Ph.D., he worked one year as a data analyst for Pearson Educational Testing Company. He currently works at Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) as an Assistant Research Professor. His primary research interests are Bayesian data analysis applications, and adapting artificial intelligence methods to different fields in order to measure and monitor participants’ current conditions as well as forecast their future conditions. He has coauthored papers that were presented at conferences such as American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA) and Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI).


Education

  • 2010 – 2016: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
    Ph.D. in Measurement and Statistics
  • 2011 – 2014: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
    Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies Certificate in Online Instructional Development
  • 2009 – 2010: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
    MS in Educational Statistics and Research Methods
  • 2005 – 2006: Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
    MS in Math Education
  • 2001 – 2005: Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
    BS in Math Education

Interests

  • Research Methods
  • Bayesian Modeling
  • Bayesian Data Analysis
  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling and Analysis
  • Artificial Intelligence Methods
  • Decision Theory
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies

Honors

  • Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium Second Place Winner,
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. Effects of Game-Based Learning on Students’ Mathematics Achievement: A Meta-Analysis study was selected by Dean and other faculty representatives from College of Education, University of Central Florida, April 24, 2015.
  • Robert M. Gagné Research Award Winner,
    Florida State University College of Education’s top research award, Effects of Game-Based Learning on Students’ Mathematics Achievement: A Meta-Analysis study was selected by Dean and other faculty representatives from College of Education, Florida State University, April 10, 2015.
  • Marie Geneau Memorial Endowed Best Academic Standing Scholarship,
    Florida State University College of Education best academic standing scholarship for graduate students.

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