Faculty Profiles

Oscar Olvera Astivia

Assistant Professor, Educational Measurement and Research

Oscar Olvera Astivia

Email Address: oscarolveraa@usf.edu 
Phone Number: 813-974-8351
Office Location: EDU 355

Dr. Olvera Astivia is an assistant professor in the Educational Measurement and Research Program at the University of South Florida's College of Education. Dr. Olvera Astivia specializes in psychometric and statistical research, with special emphasis on the mathematical properties of data-generating algorithms for Monte Carlo simulations. He is interested in studying multivariate, non-normal spaces through the use of copula distribution theory and how this framework can be applied to latent variable modelling. He also has a special focus on revisiting what can be considered “best practices” or “common knowledge” in data analysis and look at their implicit assumptions.

Dr. Olvera Astivia's work has been published in the "British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology," the "Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics," and "Educational and Psychological Measurement," among others. He is the current Director of Communications of the Quantitative Methods section of the Canadian Psychological Association.