Dr. Mary L. Zanetti is the Senior Director for Institutional Research, Evaluation,
& Assessment (IREA) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). She is
also the UMMS Institutional Research Officer and an Assistant Professor in the Department
of Quantitative Health Sciences. As Institutional Research Officer, Mary provides support
to the Office of the Dean/Provost, Office of the Chancellor, and external reporting
functionality to the University of Massachusetts President’s Office and beyond.
Dr. Zanetti is responsible for an 8-member team serving the UMMS community. The Office of
IREA provides direction and support to faculty, senior academic leaders, and
administrators in the areas of student assessment, curriculum evaluation, medical
education and institutional research for the School of Medicine, Graduate School of
Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and other institutional offices.
Dr. Zanetti annually teaches 3 medical education and research seminars: Developing
Pre/Post Assessments for Research and Grants; Effectively Assessing What You Teach; and
Introduction to Using Excel for Data Management. She also serves as a psychometrician on
a number of grants and special projects funded through federal, state and local
Mary earned her doctorate in Research and Evaluation Methods Program from the University
of Massachusetts Amherst before joining the University of Massachusetts Medical School in
2003. Her current research interests include reliability and validity studies of
performance-based assessments, standard setting for high-stakes assessments, and the
application of outcome measures that inform institutional policies.