Josh Sussman

Josh's research examines the design, implementation, and effects of classroom and large-scale assessments; in particular the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), a developmental assessment that helps teachers understand and support learning and development in early and middle childhood. His research uses generalized latent variable modeling and hierarchical modeling in quantitative and mixed-methods studies. He aims to advance fundamental understandings about children's developmental trajectories and to apply the knowledge through formative assessment and education policy that supports equitable opportunities to learn and develop in early care and elementary settings.

Josh received his Ph.D. in education (school psychology) from University of California, Berkeley in 2016. He is the principal investigator on an AERA/NSF research grant that examines early developmental trajectories in dual language learners who speak different home languages. His dissertation research was funded by a three-year Institute of Education Sciences predoctoral fellowship. He also holds an appointment as an assistant adjunct professor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College, where he teaches a course in research methods. He is also a California credentialed school psychologist.