Current Projects

Current Research Projects

These projects are currently underway at the Adult Development and Psychometrics Lab. If you would like more information, you can call the lab or use the link below to send an e-mail.


Meeting Measurement Goals: How do Respondents Process Items in Questionnaires?

The purpose of this study is to examine how adults understand and process different types of items on a measure of self-esteem. Our goal is to learn more about the types of items that best measure self-esteem.

Who? Men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 years who read and speak English as a first language and have at least a high school education.

What? You will be asked to complete a measure of self-esteem, a reading test, and a short demographic questionnaire. While you are completing the self-esteem items, you will be asked to “think aloud” and share what you are thinking about and how you are feeling as you respond to these items. There are no right or wrong answers. Instead, we are interested in your reactions, how you think about the statements, how they make you feel, and how you choose your answers. The session will be audio-recorded.

Where? The study will take place in a location that is mutually convenient. Thus, it may take place at the University of British Columbia, at your home, or at another location (e.g., local café, community centre).

How long? You will take part in a single session of 60-90 minutes.

Will I be paid? All study participants will be entered into a draw for two $50 CAD gift certificates.

Contact Info: If you have any questions about the study or would like to take part, we would like to hear from you! Please contact us via e-mail at or call 604-822-5250 to leave a message for us at the Adult Development and Psychometrics Lab and mention the “self-esteem study”.

This study is expected to continue until the end of 2018.

Although this is the only research project in which data are being collected at this point, there are several projects in which data presently are being analyzed or written up for dissemination. These include:

  • Homelessness and Housing in Transition (HHiT) Study
  • Memory, Age, and Wellbeing Study
  • Subjective Happiness Scale: Reliability and Validity Evidence with a Homeless or Vulnerably Housed Adult Sample
    Primary researchers/authors: Dr. Anita Hubley, Nathan Roberson
  • The Bicycle Drawing Test: Psychometric Properties, Validity Evidence, and a Comparison of Scoring Methods
    Primary researchers/authors: Dr. Anita Hubley, Lydia Hamilton
  • Screening for Depression in Older Adults: Introduction of a New Measure Designed Specifically for Older Adults
    Primary researchers/authors: Dr. Anita Hubley, Dr. Maeve Mangaoang, Shane Burke
  • Quality of Life for Homeless and Hard-to-House Individuals (QoLHHI): Construct Validation of the Health and Living Conditions Sections
    Primary researchers/authors: Dr. Anita Hubley, Dr. Susan Farrell, Bruce MacLaurin, Dr. Anne Gadermann
  • A Comparison of the Hubley Depression Scale for Older Adults and the Geriatric Depression Scale: Criterion, Convergent, and Discriminant Validity
    Primary researchers/authors: Sherrie Myers, Dr. Anita Hubley