Brian Sonak

The Pennsylvania State University
Phone: 814-863-6201
Fax: 814-863-7678


  • M.S. Education Psychology, 1997. The Pennsylvania State University.
  • B.A. Psychology, 1994. Juniata College.


My educational and professional experience has focused on instrument development, data collection and statistical analysis. I consider myself a “testing and measurement specialist,” encompassing all stages of social science data collection.


  • 2007 – Present: Project Manager, Survey Research Center. 
    I am currently a project manager at the Survey Research Center specializing in web surveys. My duties extend to managing projects, programming surveys, managing samples, data coordination and analysis.
  • 2000 – Present: Part-time Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University. 
    I currently teach a general education course for introductory statistics. My teaching experience extends to advanced statistics, advanced linear modeling and developmental psychology. I have taught courses at Penn State (College of Education, Smeal College of Business and Continuing Education) and Bucknell University (Management).
  • 2005 – 2007: Research Associate, Diagnostics Plus. 
    Diagnostics Plus is a full service market research firm. My duties included data management and report generation.



  • 1999: McClure, John, Sonak, Brian and Suen, Hoi. “Concept Map Assessment of Classroom Learning: Reliability, Validity and Logistical Practicality.” Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Vol 36 (4), 475-492.
  • Suen, H., Sonak, B., Zimmaro, D., and Roberts, D. (1997) Concept map as assessment scaffolding. Psychological Reports, 81, 734.