PD Dr. Rudolf Debelak

R. Debelak

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Senior Research Associate


University of Zurich, Department of Psychology
Psychological Methods, Evaluation and Statistics
Binzmuehlestrasse 14, Box 27
8050 Zurich
Phone: +41 44 63 57376
Fax: +41 44 63 57378
E-Mail: rudolf.debelak@psychologie.uzh.ch
Office: BIN 4.E.15
Office hours: by appointment

Research Interests

My current research projects concern the following topics:

  • Development of a toolbox for psychological test development
  • Tests for checking the general fit of models of item response theory
  • Detecting differential item functioning in models of item response theor
  • The implementation and application of methods for psychological test analysis in R
  • The application of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and related models in psychology.
  • The application of machine learning procedures in psychology.


  • Project ”Development of a Toolbox for Psychological Test Development“ (Number 188929), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with CHF 183.665 as Principal Investigator (April 2020 to March 2023).
  • Travel funding (Scientific Exchange) ”Evaluation of Score-Based Tests in Educational Measurement“ (Number 186516) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with CHF  3.700 as Main Applicant (May 2019 to Juni 2019).
  • Project ”Entwicklung von Software zur Prüfung psychologischer Testverfahren“ (Number 2018-09), funded by the Stiftung Suzanne und Hans Biäsch with CHF 12.900 CHF as Principal Investigator (October 2018 to May 2019).
  • Teaching Fund of the University of Zurich of 39.600 CHF for the project ”ATStat: Active Training of Statistics“ as Co-Applicant (Main Applicant: Chatchavan Wacharamanotham, other Co-Applicants: Carolin Strobl and Stella Bollmann) (February 2018 to April 2019).
  • Project ”Detecting Heterogeneity in Complex IRT Models for Measuring Latent Traits“ (Number 152548), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation with CHF 265.921 CHF as Co-Project Manager (Principal Investigator: Carolin Strobl) (January 2016 to June 2019).