Carlson Education Building (CEB) 327
Research Expertise: advanced quant methods (viz., structural equation, multi-level, finite mixture modeling, item factor analysis, & Monte Carlo methods); roles of personality & social cognitive-constructs in educational & career interests, choice, engagement, & achievement
Harsha N. Perera, B.Ed. (Hons 1) (Sydney), PhD (UTS) is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology with the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education, College of Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States. Prior to this appointment, he was a SPF03 Strategic Lecturer in Educational Psychology and Measurement with the School of Education, University of New South Wales, Australia. He has also held a tenured lectureship in educational psychology with the Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, Australia where is remains in an adjunct capacity. Dr. Perera has methodological interests and expertise in educational and psychological measurement and advanced quantitative methods (viz., structural equation, multi-level, finite mixture modeling, item factor analysis, and Monte Carlo methods). On a substantive level, he is interested in roles of personality and social cognitive-constructs in educational and career interests, choice, engagement, and achievement. Most of Dr. Perera's research is conducted in a substantive-methodological synergy framework in which sophisticated quantitative methods are used to investigate complex substantive problems in education and career domains. He is open to advising graduate students who wish to pursue research in these areas.
Dr. Perera has published in a number of top-tier scientific journals, including Assessment, Journal of Personality Assessment, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Learning and Individual Differences, Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Frontiers in Psychology. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Frontiers in Psychology, and the Australian Journal of Career Development, and is a regular reviewer for several national and international journals. Dr. Perera is also the recipient of a number of prestigious awards recognizing his research excellence, including (a) the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Ray Debus Award for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in education across Australia, (b) the UTS Chancellor's List Award for outstanding doctoral research, and (c) the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division E Outstanding Dissertation Award.