For over fifteen years, I have served higher education institutions and educational agencies as a research specialist, focusing on assessment development, psychometrics, and the use of assessment results to impact student learning. I have authored state level assessment data utilization guides, supported the development of local School Improvement standards, and delivered assessment-focused professional learning to regional and local administrators.

In addition to collaborating with educators on using assessment data to improve student learning, I focus on improving the technical quality and utility of our measuring instruments. I do this by assisting agencies with established assessment development processes and serve as a Quality Assurance agent—ensuring the accuracy of data management routines and psychometric analyses. I also conduct assessment development research; my research interests focus on the intersection of cognition and assessment. 

I believe the UGA online program provides students with the perfect balance of theory and application. The faculty and students all bring unique experiences and a collaborative spirit into the virtual classroom—I am honored to be a part of the UGA online instructional community.



Amanda Ferster, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Georgia, 2013
  • M.Ed Educational Psychology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania