Biography

Dr. Jennifer E. V. Lloyd is a Research Associate in the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), as well as an Associate Member of UBC’s School of Population & Public Health.

Lloyd earned her B.Sc. in Psychology and her M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria. Following a year working in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, she pursued her Ph.D. in psychometrics from UBC’s Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education. Under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Zumbo, her doctoral work focused on foundational psychometric issues surrounding the statistical analysis of individual change (a.k.a., individual growth modelling). Her dissertation presented a novel non-parametric solution to the problem of modelling change and growth in a given construct when one’s longitudinal measures (forms, surveys, assessments) vary across waves or periods of data collection.

She then transitioned into a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research post-doctoral fellowship at HELP where, collaborating with Prof. Clyde Hertzman, her research has provided insights into how children’s early social-contextual experiences influence their developmental trajectories over time. Drawing upon past experience with Edudata Canada and the BC Ministry of Education, her studies have also shed light on the research benefits of linking databases at the level of the individual child.

Most recently, Lloyd has begun working closely with Prof. Jennifer Baumbusch investigating the educational trajectories of students with special needs.

Lloyd’s methodological interests include individual growth modelling, multi-level modelling, cross-classified random effects modelling, and group-based trajectory modelling.

Lloyd’s research has appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Health & Place, the Journal of Community Psychology, and Educational & Psychological Measurement. Her work on the social determinants of health has been featured in the Vancouver Sun, the Province, the Globe & Mail, the Calgary Herald, and the Times Colonist newspapers, as well as in Maclean’s magazine, and on CBC Radio International and CFAX-1070.

(Updated October 25, 2016)