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Dr. Marvin Powell
PhD, University of North Texas
Associate Professor
Research Methodology

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Phone: (703) 993-1723
Fax: (703) 993-3678
Email: mpowel11 (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
West Building 2105
4400 University Dr.
MS 6D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Marvin G. Powell is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Powell teaches Ph.D.-level quantitative methods courses, focusing on measurement development and validation, and statistical applications. He conducts research in the assessment of the psychometric properties of educational and psychological instruments using a range of latent trait analyses: structural equation modelling and item response theory. He used critical theories (e.g., QuantCrit, CRQI) to address quantitative research questions. He is also interested researching the use of humor as an andragogic tool in reducing statistical anxiety and increasing statistical self-efficacy in social science students.