Dr. Jason Almerigi

Almerigi PicDr. Almerigi is the Director of Curriculum and Assessment for the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science and Director of Assessment for the College of Social Science. He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Michigan State University and completed post-doctoral work at Tufts University. His work emphasizes socio-emotional and cognitive development, assessment of youth and adult learning, psychometrics, program evaluation, and use of institutional data to inform program improvement. 



  • Elevating student voice in K-12 education
  • Engaging students as partners in assessment and evaluation
  • Socio-emotional well-being and readiness to learn
  • Psychosocial factors underlying survey response rates 


Wheat, M., Webber, R.J., Hoppenstedt, D. Khalil, N., Ackerman, M., & Almerigi, J. B. (2020, January). Engaging Youth as Change Agents in School Climate/Culture. Invited keynote presentation at the Michigan Association for School Administrators Midwinter Conference, Detroit, MI.

Almerigi, J.B. (2019, March). Elevating Youth Voice. Invited presentation at the Qualtrics X4 Summit, Salt Lake City, UT.

Harris, L. J., Cárdenas, R. A., Stewart, N. D., & Almerigi, J. B. (2018). Are only infants held more often on the left? If so, why? Testing the attention-emotion hypothesis with and infant, a vase, and two chimeric tests, one “emotional,” one not. Laterality: Asymmetries of Brain, Body and Cognition, online. doi.org/10.1080/1357650X.2018.1475482

Almerigi, J. B., Marks, J. B., & Perfitt-Nelson, M. (2015, February). School Testing as an Agent of Youth Oppression? Paper presentation at the Michigan School Testing Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

Lerner, R. M., Almerigi, J. B., Theokas, C. & Lerner, J. V. (2005). Positive youth development: A view of the issues. Journal of Early Adolescence, 25, 10-16. doi.org/10.1177/0272431604273211

Lerner, R. M., Lerner, J. V., Almerigi, J. B., Theokas, C., Gestsdottir, S., Naudeau, S., Jelicic, H., Alberts, A., Ma, L., Smith, L., Simpson, I., Phelps, E., Christiansen, E. D., & von Eye, A. (2005). Positive youth development, participation in community youth development programs, and community contributions of fifth grade adolescents: Findings from the first wave of the 4-H study of positive youth development. Journal of Early Adolescence, 25, 17-71. doi.org/10.1177/0272431604272461

Taylor, C. S., Lerner, R. M., von Eye, A., Anderson, P. M., Banik, R. Minifee, P., Taylor, V. A., & Almerigi, J. B. (2005). Individual and ecological assets and positive developmental trajectories among African American adolescent male gang and community-based organization members. Journal of Early Adolescence, 25, 72-93. doi.org/10.1177/0272431604271771