Laurie Hellsten

    Dr. Laurie Hellsten

    Associate Professor, Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research

    Research areas


    Physical activity and wellness; beginning teacher and professional identity and mentorship; instrument development, analysis, and validation; program evaluation; survey research; and the application of modern quantitative and analytical techniques (classical test and item response theory, generalizability theory, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling) within the domains of educational health and health promotion, quality of life, and sport

    Curriculum Vitae


    EDPSE 441.3 Introductory Statistics in Education
    EDRES 840.3 Statistical Methods: Intermediate Level

    Laurie-ann M. Hellsten, MSc., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education

    Teaching Areas: Measurement and Evaluation, Univariate and Multivariate Statistics, and Research Methods

    Most Recently Taught Courses:
    EDRES 800.3 (Research Methods: Introductory Level)

    Research Interests:
    Instrument development, analysis and validation, program evaluation, and the application of modern quantitative and analytical techniques (classical test and item response theory, generalizability theory, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling) within the domains of education, health and health promotion, quality of life, and sport.

    I am currently conducting instrument development, analysis, and validation research. In particular, I am involved in three separate studies: (1) The development and validation of a scale assessing adults’ time management for exercise; (2) The development and validation of a scale assessing post-secondary students’ time management and study skills; and (3) The accumulation of behavioral validation evidence for the Physical Activity Stage of Change scale.

    Refereed Publications and Presentations:

    Hellsten, L. M. (2003). The Development and Validation of a Scale Assessing Time Management for Exercise. Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Salt Lake City, UA. Honored with a Meritorious Student Poster Award.

    Hellsten, L., Nigg, Claudio, R., Yahata, D., Maddock, J., Yamauchi, J. & Rubio, L. (2003). An Evaluation of a Conference Aimed at Training Teachers to Teach Standards-Based Physical Education. Hawaii International Education Conference, Honolulu, HI.

    Nigg, Claudio, Hellsten, L., D. Yahata, Maddock, J., Yamauchi, J. & Rubio, L. (2003). Evaluation of a Standards-Based Health Education Workshop Series. Hawaii International Education Conference, Honolulu, HI.

    Hellsten, L. M. , Boughton, K, and Nigg, C. R. (2002). Using the Graded Unfolding Model to Construct and Evaluate Attitude Scales. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

    Courneya, K.S., and Hellsten, L.M. (2001). Cancer prevention as a source of exercise motivation: An experimental test using protection motivation theory. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 6, 59-64.

    Gotzmann, A., Nowicki, D., and Hellsten, L. M. (2001). Comparison of computerized forms of the likert scale and the visual analogue scale (VAS) in mathematics and statistics anxiety. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

    Boughton, K, Dawber, T., and Hellsten, L. M. (2001). Differential bundle functioning in Social Studies achievement tests. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

    Hellsten, L. M., Henderson, D. L., and Klinger, D. A. (2000). Using generalizability theory to examine the variation and irregularities in the scoring of figure skating performance. Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, New Orleans, LA.

    Rogers, W. T., Ma, X., Dawber, T., Hellsten, L., Klinger, D., Nowicki, D., and Tomkowicz, J. (2000). Examination of the influence of selected factors on the academic and affective performance of elementary schools and students. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

    Courneya, K. S., and Hellsten, L. M. (1999). Colon cancer prevention as a motive for exercise. Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

    Courneya, K. S., and Hellsten, L. M. (1998). Personality correlates of exercise behavior, motives, barriers, and preferences: An application of the five-factor model. Personality and Individual Differences, 24, 5, 625-633.

    Courneya, K. S., and Hellsten, L. M. (1998). Understanding exercise motives, barriers, and preferences using the five-factor model. Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.