Director of Research and Project Evaluation

Dr. Bryer is director of research and project evaluation at Excelsior College and project director on FIPSE First in the World grant and most recently, The Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS).

DAACS includes math, reading, and writing assessment with students receiving feedback to help them relearn specific skills as needed. Similar assessment and guidance will be giving in areas such as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, self-regulation, self-understanding of one’s own learning process, and the extent to which a student believes they can achieve their goals – a group of skills termed self-regulation learning.

His professional interests include teaching and research within K-12 and higher education.

He earned his BA in Mathematics from the College of St. Rose and both his MS and PhD in Educational Psychology & Methodology from the University at Albany.

His dissertation, “A National Study Comparing Charter and Traditional Public Schools Using Propensity Score Analysis,” was published in 2014.


  • Use of technology (e.g. R and LaTeX) for reproducible research
  • Academic self-regulated learning
  • Issues of social justice and equity in education
  • Methodological and statistical topics, particularly propensity score analysis and modern graphics


  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Educational Psychology and Methodology, University at Albany
  • Master of Science, Educational Psychology and Methodology, University at Albany
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, The College of St. Rose

Awards and Recognitions

  • Principal Investigator FIPSE First in the World grant ($2,999,877), Diagnostic Assessment
    & Achievement of College Skills.
  • 2013-2015 Principal Investigator Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant ($168,572) on the use of
    adaptive learning technology in introductory Biology and Mathematics courses.
  • 2014-2016 Lead Evaluator for a New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) grant ($449,438) for the expansion of the Online Writing Lab to NYS Community Colleges.
  • 2013 North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) Ambassador Grant ($800)
  • 2013 Excelsior College, Employee Recognition Award for Excellence in Innovation
  • 2011, 2012 The Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), Workshop Travel Award
    (three separate awards of $1,000 each)
  • 2011 National Center for Educational Statistics Workshop Travel Award (~$800)
  • 2009 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) & National Center for Educational Statistics
    (NCES), Travel Grant ($330)
  • 2009 National Science Foundation, Travel/Research Grant ($1,000)
  • 2009 University at Albany Graduate Student Organization, Travel/Research Grant ($320.00)
  • 2001 Award for Outstanding Performance, MapInfo.
  • 1999 Sister Noel Marie Cronin Award for excellence in Mathematics, College of Saint Rose.
  • 1999 Outstanding Senior Award for Mathematics/Computer Information Systems, College of
    Saint Rose.
  • 1998, 1999 Service and Appreciation Award, College of Saint Rose.

Selected Presentations

  • “Propensity score matching with three groups,” poster, Atlantic Causal
    Inference Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
  • “Data Science Panel,” panelist, University at Albany’s Open Source Festival, Albany, NY, 2015.
  • “Exploring better learning: Three campuses, two disciplines, and one learning platform,” panelist,
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Ft Lauderdale, FL, 2014.

Selected Publications

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • AIR Association for Institutional Research
  • ASA American Statistical Association