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John Silva Diaz

John Silva Diaz, M. Sc. Learning Sciences, M. Sc. Psychology

Learning Sciences PhD Candidate
International Doctoral School "Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation" (REASON)
Member of the Elite Network of Bavaria (ENB)


Leopoldstr. 15
80802 München

Room: 021
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180-17444

Further Information

Research interests

  • Quantitative methods
  • Statistical simulation studies
  • Cross-validation and effect size in SEM
  • Measuring in learning


Short Biography

I am psychologist with two master degrees, one of them in psychology and one of them in learning sciences. During my bachelor and first master at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia I was mainly interested in educational psychology, psycholinguistics, and quantitative methods. In this period, I worked alongside Dr. Javier Corredor in the Cognition, Media and Learning research group. During my second master at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – LMU, I focused my research interest on quantitative methods, conducting my master thesis and an internship on the evaluation of the performance of goodness-of-fit indices in the Rasch Model through simulations, under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Köhler at the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education – DIPF. After a wonderful experience working on simulation studies, I continue my PhD studies at the LMU REASON program under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Moritz Heene on the evaluation of the performance of cross-validation in the context of structural equation modeling (SEM), and on the evaluation of effect size measures in SEM.


Academic background

  • M.Sc. in Learning Sciences (2019), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – LMU
  • M.Sc. in Psychology (2016), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • B.A. in Psychology (2012), Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Professional background

  • 2019 Student Research Assistant in the department of “Educational Quality and Evaluation”, Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education – DIPF
  • 2018 – 2019 Student Assistant in the Sprachenzentrum – Spanisch, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – LMU
  • 2015 – 2016 Research Assistant at the Colombian Management Department of Science,Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS)
  • 2012 – 2015 Student Research Assistant at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • 2012 – 2013 Research Assistant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

2014 Teacher in the Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios, Bogotá, Colombia. Teaching of “Basic Psychological Processes” and “Sociology”, courses offered to first year students of B.A. in psychology.


Publications and Conference presentations

  • Silva, J. & Corredor, J. (2016). To Be or Not To Be: Levels of Identification in Stability of Psychological States and Language. Poster presented at the APA Convention Division 3, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • Fassbender, D., Silva, J. (2014). ¿Pago por rendimiento? Una discusión de las políticas de incentivación de la productividad académica en Colombia y Alemania. Revista Papeles, 6(11), 10-19.
  • Corredor, A., Cuervo, M., Silva, J., Castañeda, M. (2013). Videogames: a strategy to teach science. Third Congress of Psychology COLPSIC-ASCIFAPSI, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Corredor, J., Pico, G., Castro, C., Hernández, M., Arias, Alviar, C., Rojas, L., Silva, J. & Niño, J. (2013). La Frontera digital: efectos Psicológicos de internet en la región de la Orinoquía. Revista Iberoamericana de Psicología: Ciencia y Tecnología, 6 (2), 55-67.