Karen Nylund-Gibson, Associate Professor in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, has received a 2018-19 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. Mentoring graduate students is a vital component of UCSB’s mission as a research university; it includes training graduate students for careers in research and training, and preparing them to meet the highest professional and ethical standards as scholars and educators. Up to three recipients are selected campus-wide, each of whom receives an honorarium of $1,000 and a framed certificate. UC Santa Barbara’s Academic Senate honored Nylund-Gibson’s achievements as an exemplary mentor at the Faculty Legislature meeting on April 18, 2019.
Karen Nylund-Gibson is an associate professor of quantitative research methodology in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School. She has been at UCSB since 2009. Prior to joining the department, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA, working with Bengt Muthen. Her research focus is on latent variable models, specifically mixture models and she has published many articles and book chapters on developments, best practices, and applications of latent class analysis, latent transition analysis, and growth mixture modeling.