Interview with a Team Member: Alexandra Sarafoglou

In our series Interview With A Team Member, we aim to introduce the people behind the JASP project. Today we are interviewing Alexandra Sarafoglou, who is an analyst and part of our marketing team.

Alexandra Sarafoglou is a PhD candidate at the Psychological Methods group at the University of Amsterdam. At JASP, she contributes to the analyses and the video tutorials on the YouTube channel. Alexandra is also part of the workshop organisation team. To contact Alexandra, you can send her an e-mail


What is your professional background?

I studied at the university of Tuebingen and came to do my Research Master program at the university of Amsterdam where I specialized in psychological research methods and Bayesian statistics. This October I started my PhD in the Bayesian lab.

What is your favorite statistical test?

My favorite statistical tests are regressions, because they are easy to interpret and you can apply them to all kinds of models. When people ask me how they should analyze their data, I am suggesting regressions in about 90% of the cases.

What is your relation to JASP?

I worked in the JASP team already during my research master. I was mainly responsible for our YouTube channel ‘JASP Statistics’, i.e., the production of our YouTube tutorials, and the setup of the BayesianSpectacles Blog. Now with the beginning of my PhD I am getting more into the development and programming side of JASP which means that I am starting to add analyses and later also modules to JASP.

What feature of JASP do you like best?

The feature I like most in JASP is the APA output that you can copy-paste in your report. Regarding my own work I like the integration of JASP with the Open Science Framework as this facilitates the sharing of data and analyses. In addition, you can use JASP to communicate your analysis plan when you preregister an experiment. For
example, you can analyze a mock data set in JASP, comment on your analysis steps and upload this file to the OSF. This way fellow researchers can easily comprehend all your intended analysis steps, even when they don’t have JASP installed on their computers.

What aspect of JASP would you like to see improved in a future version?

Probably its impact! I hope that universities that are currently teaching SPSS will move to JASP in the future. With the hope that some of the students will try out and stick to the Bayesian alternatives JASP has to offer.

Are you a Bayesian, a frequentist, an agnostic, a pragmatist, or perhaps something else?

I came to Amsterdam because of my interest on Bayesian statistics–and I don’t think I will ever switch back.

What question would you like to answer?

What is your favorite JASP sticker?

What is your favorite JASP sticker?

This one:

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