Dr. Haiyan Bai is a professor in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida. She earned her Ph.D. in quantitative research methodology at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include issues that revolve around statistical/quantitative methods, specifically, propensity score methods, resampling techniques, research design, measurement, and the applications of statistical methods in educational research and behavioral sciences. Her publications include books, book chapters, articles in refereed national and international journals, and refereed international conference proceedings. She has also given lectures, talks, and many refereed professional presentations at the international/national and the regional levels and won grants from National Science Foundations (NSF) and U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Bai teaches face-to-face, fully online, and mixed mode graduate level research method, measurement, and statistical courses. She has chaired/co-chaired or served on many doctoral dissertation committees. In addition, Dr. Bai not only serves on university, college, and department committees, but she is also involved with international activities in education. Furthermore, Dr. Bai consistently provides her statistical consultation services to her colleagues and works closely with local public school districts in large-scale educational research projects. Additionally, Dr. Bai is a manuscript/proposal reviewer for refereed journals, international/national and regional conferences, publishers, and a federal/state grant reviewer.

Areas of Expertise
  • Statistics
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Quantitative Research Design

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, Ohio


Research Interests
  • Statistical causal inference with selection bias
  • Educational measurement and evaluation
Current Funded Projects

Project ELEVATE (English Learner Excellence eVolving through Advanced Teacher Education) (Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, collaborating with Seminole County Public Schools, five-year award since 2016)

Interactive Web-Based Visualization Tools for Gluing Undergraduate Fuel Cell System Courses (Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), three-year award since 2013)


  • 2017 and 2013 College of Education and Human Performance Excellence in Research Award
  • 2016 Research Incentive Award (RIA)
  • 2016 and 2011 Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP)
  • 2016 and 2011 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award
  • 2012 College of Education and Human Performance Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award


American Educational Research Association

  • Division D: Measurement and Research Methodology Special Interest Group
  • Educational Statisticians Special Interest Group
  • Multilevel Modeling Special Interest Group
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Multiple Regression

American Statistical Association
American Evaluation Association