Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. Mindrila is an Associate Professor of Educational Research at the University of West Georgia. Her teaching experience includes courses in quantitative research methodology, research design, program evaluation, and classroom assessment. Her research interests include the development of typologies of school behavior using multilevel multivariate classification procedures. Dr. Mindrila published methodological studies on topics such as cluster analysis, latent class analysis, structural equation modeling, and factor analysis.

Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Bucharest, 2003
  • M.Ed., Instructional Accommodations, Francis Marion University, 2006
  • M.Ed., Educational Research, University of South Carolina, 2010
  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Research, University of South Carolina, 2012
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9961 (Quantitative Research Methods) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E17

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E01
    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E02
    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E17

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E01
    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E19

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9961 (Quantitative Research Methods) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E12

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9964 (Advanced Research Seminar) Section: E02
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E12

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E12

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • EDSI-9961 (Quantitative Research Methods) Section: EO1
    • EDSI-9961 (Quantitative Research Methods) Section: E02
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E19

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • NURS-9007 (Applied Stats Meth in Nurs) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E19

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E02
    • MEDT-8484 (Resrch Media & Instuct Tech) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E05

    Fall 2014 Sections

    • EDSI-9961 (Quantitative Research Methods) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9961 (Quantitative Research Methods) Section: N02
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N05

    Summer 2014 Sections

    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N05

    Spring 2014 Sections

    • MEDT-8480 (Program Evaluation) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9903 (Dissertation Mentoring Sec 3) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N05

    Fall 2013 Sections

    • EDSI-9961 (Quantitative Research Methods) Section: N02
    • EDSI-9961 (Quantitative Research Methods) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N06

    Summer 2013 Sections

    • MEDT-8484 (Research Seminar I) Section: N01

    Spring 2013 Sections

    • MEDT-8480 (Program Evaluation) Section: N01
    • MEDT-8484 (Research Seminar I) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9903 (Dissertation Mentoring Sec 3) Section: N01
  • Publication List

    Mindrila, D. (2017). Exploratory Factor Analysis: Applications in School Improvement Research, Nova Science Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-53612-486-6

    Jun-Jo, A. & Mindrila, D. (2017). Clusters of Teachers Based on Their Perceptions of Learner-Centered Instruction, in Mindrila, D. Exploratory Factor Analysis: Applications in School Improvement Research, Nova Science Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-53612-486-6

    Mindrila, D. (2017). Exploratory Factor Analysis: An Overview, in Mindrila, D. (Ed.) Exploratory Factor Analysis: Applications in School Improvement Research, Nova Science Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-53612-486-6.

    Mindrila, D., Green, W.L., McBane, C. (2017). Cluster Analysis in Educational Research: Applications in the Development of Teacher and Student Typologies, in Hernandez, B. (Ed.), Focus on Educational Research: Practices, Challenges and Perspectives, ISBN:9

    Farran, L., Mindrila, D. (2016). The connection between drama, language, literacy, and cognition in preschool dual language learners (DLLs), GATESOL in Action, 3, 2.

    Farran, L., Mindrila, D. (2016). Perceptions of Drama Integration in the Elementary Literacy Curriculum: A Bayesian Exploratory Factor Analysis, Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal, 6 (2), ISSN: 2040 2589 [View Publication]

    Mindrila, D. (2016). A Typology of Child School Behavior: Investigation Using Latent Profile Analysis and Cluster Analysis, Psychology in the Schoools, DOI: 10.1002/pits.21917 [View Publication]

    Kawulich, B., Mindrila, D., Brandenburg, G. (2016). Evaluation of a diabetes prevention program for rural citizens, Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 5, 3. [View Publication]

    Mindrila, D.L., Moore, L., & Davis, P. (2015). Cyber-victimization and Its Psychosocial Consequences: Relationships with Behavior Management and Traditional Bullying, Journal of Research in Education, 25, 2, 53-67 [View Publication]

    DiStefano, C., Mindrila, D. (2013). Cluster Analysis, in Timothy Teo (Ed.), Handbook of Quantitative Methods for Educational Research, 103-122.

    DiStefano, C., Mindrila, D., Monrad, D. (2013).Investigating factorial invariance of teacher climate factors across school organizational levels, in M.S. Hine (ed.). Applications of Structural Equation Modeling in Educational Research and Practice (257-275

    Webster, C. A., Mindrila, D. & Weaver, G. (2013). Affective learning profiles in compulsory high school physical education: an instructional communication perspective, Journal Of Teaching In Physical Education, 32 (1), 78-99. [View Publication]

    Webster, C., Mindrila, D., Weaver, G. (2011). The influence of state motivation, content relevance and affective learning on high school students’ intentions to utilize class content following completion of compulsory physical education

    DiStefano, C. A., Kamphaus R.W., Mindrila, D. (2010). A typology of teacher-rated child behavior: Revisiting subgroups over 10 years later, School Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 25(3), 152-163.

    Mindrila, D. L. (2010)., Maximum Likelihood (ML) and Diagonally Weighted Least Squares (DWLS) estimation procedures: A comparison of estimation bias with ordinal and multivariate non-normal dataInternational, Journal for Digital Society (IJDS), vol 1,1,60- [View Publication]

    DiStefano C., Zhu M., Mindrila, D. (2009). Understanding and using factor scores: Considerations for the applied researcherPractical Assessment, Research, & Evaluation, vol. 14, 20. [View Publication]

    Mindrila, D. L. (2009). Features of the Receiver Operating Characteristic analysis and its potential uses in educational assessment, Annales Universitatis Apulensis, Series Paedagogica.