Richard Gershon

Center Co-Principal Investigator, Steering Committee Member

Richard Gershon, PhD, is widely recognized for his expertise in advancing the use of technology for increasing the impact and reach of psychometrically robust health measurements. Having completed PhD work in both Clinical and Personality Psychology from Northwestern University, Dr. Gershon is the Vice Chair for Research in Medical Social Sciences and a Professor in Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a leading expert in the application of Item Response Theory (IRT) in individualized and large scale assessments and has developed item banks and Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) for educational, clinical, and health applications - including cognitive, emotional, and motor applications. He is the immediate past MPI for Research Coordination Unit: Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions and the National Children's Study: Vanguard Study (South ROC). He also has acted as the principal investigator for the NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function, the NIH Roadmap Patient – Reporting Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Technical Center, and as a co-investigator for the National Person-Centered Assessment Resource.


Currently, Dr. Gershon is the MPI of ECHO PRO Research Resource: A Developmentally-based Measurement Science Framework for Assessing Environmental Exposure and Child Health and AAD-PEPR: Asthma and Atopic Dermatitis Validation of PROMIS Pediatric Instruments. 

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