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V.N. Vimal Rao

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Contact Information

605 E. Springfield Ave
M/C 374
Champaign, IL 61820
Teaching Assistant Professor


Dr. V.N. Vimal Rao is an educational psychologist and statistician who studies the psychology of statistics: what does it mean to 'do' statistics and how does one learn how to do statistics. Before completing his PhD at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rao worked for both the US Census Bureau as well as the US Department of Health and Human Services as a senior statistician. Dr. Rao combines his training and experience in psychology and statistics to support innovative research in statistics education. 

Research Interests

  • Statistics Education
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Learning Sciences
  • Psychometrics


PhD Educational Psychology (Statistics Education), University of Minnesota

MA Educational Psychology (Learning and Cognition), University of Minnesota

MS Statistics, George Washington University

BS Mathematics, University of Illinois