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Shelly McDowell

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Shelly is a senior analyst at GSX. In her role, she supports an array of projects and applies expertise in several areas including, test item development, item analysis, validation of certification exams, building competency models, planning and administering job task analysis, accreditation and certification package consultation and support.

Prior to joining GSX, Shelly worked as a psychometrician, for a government agency’s education team. Shelly’s proudest accomplishment, during her tenure at that location, was helping the program across the finish line to secure the distinction as an Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Assessment-based Certificate Accreditation Program (ACAP). Shelly designed, developed, and successfully implemented a 21-Step Assessment Strategy, specifically aligned with the ICE ACAP standards. The assessment strategy provided and end-to-end solution to develop measurable student learning outcomes, develop criterion-referenced- and performance-based assessments and analytic rubrics to accurately measure student learning gains and gaps.

Shelly has her Bachelor of Social Work from Stony Brook University, Master of Social Work from Fordham University and PhD in Social Work from Howard University. Shelly also holds several specialty certificates as an ICE Credentialing Specialist and an Instructional Systems Development certificate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. 


Some X-Facts about Shelly

  • Shelly is a licensed clinical social worker, with post-master specialty in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has worked as a child welfare/protective specialist, family therapist, and community advocate.

  • Shelly loves to teach! She is an associate professor and visiting professor at two universities. (Shelly also has a specialty certificate in the Professoriate from Howard University!)

  • Shelly loves to travel! Her best trip to date was backpacking thru Morocco.