Dr. Shayna Rusticus

Dr. Shayna Rusticus started with KPU as a sessional instructor in May 2014 and became a regular full-time faculty member in September 2016. Dr. Rusticus completed her undergraduate degree at KPU (then Kwantlen University College) in 2003. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) in Psychology. From there she went to UBC where she completed her Master’s (2005) and PhD (2010) in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology. She also completed a two-year post-doctorate with the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) at UBC then two years with the Department of Physical Therapy on an evaluation project related to evidence-informed health care.

Prior to working full-time with KPU, Dr. Rusticus worked for 8 years as a Statistical Analyst for the Evaluation Studies Unit within UBC’s Faculty of Medicine (and still continues to work there on a casual basis). She has also taught as a sessional instructor for over 10 years in the Faculty of Education and School of Social Work at UBC.

Outside of her professional life, Dr. Rusticus lives with her partner and three children in New Westminster. She stays active through walking and weightlifting. And when life finally returns to normal again, she hopes to get back involved in kickboxing and jujitsu. Other hobbies she has are reading fantasy novels and crafts (sewing, scrapbooking, crocheting). 

At KPU, Dr. Rusticus primarily teaches courses related to research methodology and statistics. Courses she has taught include:

⦁ PSYC 1100 – Introduction to Psychology
⦁ PSYC 2300 – Introduction to Statistics
⦁ PSYC 2400 – Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
⦁ PSYC 3400 – Applied Research I (Quantitative Methods)
⦁ PSYC 3960 – Program Evaluation
⦁ PSYC 4100 – Tests and Measurement
⦁ PSYC 4400 – Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Rusticus has published in a variety of areas, including test development and validation, equivalence testing, learning environment, and body image. Her list of publications includes (*student co-authors)

Rusticus, S. A., & Albon, S. (in press). The Health Education Learning Environment Survey: Factor structure analysis with pharmacy students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

*Dumoulin, A. R., & Rusticus, S. A. (in press). Employable Skills Self-Efficacy Survey: A validation study. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.

*Justus, B. J., Rusticus, S. A., & *Stobbe, B. (in press). Does self-directed learning readiness predict undergraduate students’ instructional preferences? The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Rusticus, S. A., Wilson, D., Jarus, T., O’Flynn-Magee, K., & Albon, S. (2021). Exploring student perceptions of the learning environment in four health professions education programs. Learning Environments Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10984-021-09349-y

Rusticus, S. A., Wilson, D. Casiro, O., & Lovato, C. Y. (2020). Evaluating the quality of health professions learning environments: Development and validation of the Health Education Learning Environment Survey (HELES). Evaluation and the Health Professions, 43(3), 162-168. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163278719834339 

*Field, A., & Rusticus, S. A. (2020). Impact of language on the expectations of individuals working with students on the autism spectrum. Kwantlen Psychology Student Journal, 2, 1-14. https://journals.kpu.ca/index.php/KPSJ/article/view/537

Dawes, D., Rusticus, S., Beck, C., Dawes, M., Mortenson, B., Ross, C., & Greig, A. (2020). Development of five online modules for teaching evidence-informed healthcare: The West coast Interprofessional Clinical Knowledge Evidence Disseminator (WICKED) Project. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, bmjebm-2020-111399. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjebm-2020-111399  

Rusticus, S. A. & *Justus, B. (2019). Comparing student- and teacher-formed teams on group dynamics, satisfaction, and performance. Small-Group Research50(4), 443–457. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046496419854520 

*Justus, B. J., & Rusticus, S. A. (2019). Can talking to myself help me win? The impact of two dimensions of self-talk on video game performance. Kwantlen Psychology Student Journal, 1, Rusticus, S. A., Eva, K. W, & Peterson, L. N.  (2018). Construct-aligned rating scales improve the reliability of program evaluation data. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 33, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjpe.31094 

Peterson, L. N., Rusticus, S. A., Eva, K. W., Wilson, D. A., Pittini, R. J., Schreiber, M., Pinchin, S. E., Moffat, S. L., Sargeant, J. M., Warren, A. E., & Alexiadis-Brown, P. (2017) Using the Readiness for Clerkship and Residency surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of four MD programs: A cross-institutional generalizability study. Academic Medicine, 92. https://doi.org/10.1097.ACM.0000000000001926 

Rusticus, S. A., Peterson, L., & Lovato, C. Y. (2015) Increasing the utility of AAMC Graduation Questionnaire data for program evaluation: Subscale development. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. Retrieved from http://cjpe.journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/cjpe/index.php/cjpe/article/view/224

Peterson, L. N., Rusticus, S. A., Derek W. A, Eva, K. W., & Lovato, C. Y. (2015). Readiness for Residency:  A Survey to Evaluate Undergraduate Medical Education Programs. Academic Medicine, 90(11), 36-42. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000000903

Rusticus, S. A., & Eva, K. (2015). Defining equivalence in medical education research: Does a distribution-based approach work? Advances in Health Sciences Education21(2), 359-373. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10459-015-9633-x.

Peterson, L. N., Rusticus, S. A., & Ross, L. P. (2015). Comparability of the Comprehensive Clinical Science Exam and five NBME Clinical Science Subject Exams. Academic Medicine, 90(5), 684-690. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000000643.

Rusticus, S. A., Worthington, A., Wilson, D., Joughin, K. (2014). The Medical School Learning Environment Survey: An examination of its factor structure and relationship to student performance and satisfaction. Learning Environments Research, 17, 423-435. https://doi.org/10.1007/S10984-014-9167-9

Rusticus, S. A., & Lovato, C. Y. (2014). Impact of sample size, variability, and number of groups on the power of equivalence tests: A simulation study. Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation, 19, 11. https://doi.org/10.7275/4s9m-4e81

Rusticus, S. A. (2014). Body image. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 420-423.

Rusticus, S. A. (2014). Content validity. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 1261-1262.

Peterson, L. N., Eva, K. W., Rusticus, S. A., & Lovato, C. Y. (2012) The readiness for clerkship survey: Can self-assessment data be used to evaluate program effectiveness? Academic Medicine, 87(10), 1355-1360. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182676c76

Worthington, A., Rusticus, S. A., Wilson, D., & Joughin, K. (2012, May). The “learning environment” predicts student satisfaction and performance at UBC. Education Matters, 19, 25.

Rusticus, S. A., & Lovato, C. Y. (2011). Applying Tests of Equivalence for Multiple Group Comparisons: Demonstration of the Confidence Interval Approach in a Medical Education Context. Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation, 16, Available online: http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=16&n=7

Sabiston, C. M., Rusticus, S. A., Brunet, J., McDonough, M. H., Hadd, V., Hubley, A., & Crocker, P. R. E. (2010). Invariance test of the Multidimensional Body Self Relations Questionnaire: Do women with breast cancer interpret this measure differently? Quality of Life Research, 19, 1171-1180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-010-9680-y

Rusticus, S. A., Hubley, A. M., & Zumbo, B. M. (2008). Measurement Invariance of the Appearance Schemas Inventory-Revised and the Body Image Quality of Life Inventory across Age and Gender. Assessment, 15(1), 60-71. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191107306805

Rusticus, S. A., & Hubley, A. M. (2006). Measurement Invariance of the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire: Can we compare across age and gender? Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 55(11-12), 827-842. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-006-9135-7