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Quantitative Strategist, Veteran's United Home Loans, Columbia, MO

M.A., 2011, University of Nebraska

Research Interests: Credit scores and motivation, Credit coaching, Financial forecasting, Machine learning and Organizational efficiency

Other Research Interests: Development of sexual behavior preferences and Non-normative sexual interests

Alma Mater: B.A., Stanford University, ABD, University of Kansas

Senior Biostatistician, University of Delaware

Ph.D., 2015, University of Kansas

Scientific Consultant, BrainVision LLC

Ph.D., 2017, Neuroscience, Speech Language & Hearing, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Brain Computer Interface, Speech/Acoustic Perception, Digital Signal Processing, Embedded Systems, Automated Data Processing/Reporting

Alma Mater: M.S., Neuroscience, Kansas University School of Pharmacy; B.S., Physics, Pittsburg State University

Ph.D., 2013, Educational Psychology, University of Kansas

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Ph.D., 2018, Psychology, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Ordinal missing data in latent variable modeling

Alma Mater: M.S., National Taiwan University, B.S., National Chengchi University

National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, Iowa State University

Ph.D. Candidate, Statistics, Iowa State University

Research Interests: Atmospheric modeling and forecasting, Microwave remote sensing, Predictive maintenance modeling, Foundations of scientific and statistical discovery

Alma Mater: M.Sc., 2015, Biostatistics, University of Kansas - Medical Center; B.Sc., 2013, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Kansas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National University

Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Psychology, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Psychometrics, Research Design and Latent variable models

Alma Mater: B.S., Bridgewater State University with concentration in Pyschology/Mathematics

Mauricio Garnier-Villarreal
Research Assistant Professor, Marquette University, College of Nursing

Ph.D., 2015, University of Kansas

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University
Work: 541-737-1149

Ph.D., 2012; M.A. 2008, Psychology, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Positive Youth Development, Self-Regulation, Latent Variable Modeling

Beth Grandfield
Graduate Student, KU Dept of Psychology

Ph.D., 2013, Educational Psychology; M.A., 2010, University of Kansas

Jared Harpole

Ph.D., 2015; M.A., 2013, Psychology, University of Kansas

Ph.D., 2013, Psychology, University of Kansas

Senior IT Manager, Analytic Data Integration Section, Washington State / Department of Social and Health Services / Research and Data Analysis

Ph.D., 2014, Sociology, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Institutions and Social Policy, Problems in the use of Administrative Data in Analytics, Data Science and Management

Alma Mater: Master of Arts in Sociology, 2008, University of Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 2006, New Mexico State University

Fan Jia

Ph.D., 2017, Psychology, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Structural Equation Modeling; Multilevel Modeling; Longitudinal Data Analysis; Non-normal and Missing Data Analysis.

Alma Mater: M.A., B.S., Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China

Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam, Research Institute for Child Development and Education

Ph.D., 2015, Psychology, University of Kansas

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Research Interests: My areas of expertise primarily involve structural equation modeling (SEM), multilevel modeling, nonparametric methods, and modern missing data methods.  My methodological research interests include psychometrics (namely, testing measurement equivalence / invariance and detecting differential item functioning [DIF] / measurement bias), resampling methods (permutation, bootstrap, Monte Carlo simulation), Bayesian inference, planned missing data designs, and statistical programming.  I frequently intermingle these interests; for example, my dissertation research investigated the use of small-variance priors in Bayesian SEM for detecting DIF, and I am currently developing permutation-randomization methods for detecting DIF.  More recently, I have been using Bayesian methods to model social network data from a multilevel-modeling approach, developing methods to handle missing data in this framework, and incorporating multiple-indicator measurement models into the social relations model. I also maintain two R packages (semTools and simsem) and contribute to two other R packages (lavaan and blavaan), which are all devoted to SEM in R.

Alma Mater: M.A., 2013, University of Kansas, M.S., 2010, B.S., 2007, Kennesaw State University

Postdoctoral Associate, Addiction Recovery Research Center, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Ph.D., 2017, Behavioral Psychology, Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Behavioral economics, Demand curves, Discounting

Alma Mater: M.A., B.G.S., University of Kansas

Assistant Professor, Journalism Studies, Data Science & Analytics, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Informatics Institute

Ph.D., 2017; M.A., 2014, Communication Studies, University of Kansas; B.S. Missouri State University

Research Interests Include: Selective exposure, Political partisanship, New media and Computational social scientific methods.

Ben Kite Pic
Senior Data Scientist, H&R Block

Ph.D., 2017, Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas

Assistant Professor, Department of Methodology and Statistics, Tilburg University

Ph.D., 2015, Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Missing data, Bayesian statistics, High-dimensional problems

Alma Mater: M.A., 2013, B.G.S., 2009, Psychology, University of Kansas

Luke McCune
Business Line Data Scientist II, Commerce Bank in Kansas City

Ph.D., M.A., 2014, Quantitative Psychology; B.A., 2011, Psychology, University of Kansas

Brent McPherson
Part-time Research Assistant

B.A.; B.S., 2012, University of Kansas

Research Areas:  General and computational neuroscience, structural equation modeling, missing data estimation, and simulation studies.

Data Scientist, R&D, Civis Analytics

Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests: Machine learning, Production data science, Data science tools and Infrastructure

Alma Mater: M.S., Applied Computational and Mathematical Statistics, University of Notre Dame, B.S., Cognitive Psychology, University of Kansas

Assistant Professor, Exercise Psychology, Wayne State University

Ph.D., 2013, Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Kansas

Corbin Quick

Graduate student in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Linguistics

Expected Graduation: May, 2020

Research Interests

Linguistics: Phonetics, Computational linguistics, South Asian languages

Statistics: Analysis of highly dimensional data, Bayesian estimation, Network analysis

Alma Mater: M.A., Linguistics, EFLU, Hyderabad, B.A., English Literature and Linguistics, University of Virginia

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Graham Rifenbark

Research Areas:  Model fit for the cumulative logit proportional odds model with an ordinal outcome, when data is sparse. Other interests include: cross-sectional and longitudinal structural equation modeling, missing data estimation, and mixture models.

Curriculum Vitae | Personal Site »

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology

Ph.D. Student, Quantitative Psychology

Research Interests: Covariance equation modeling, Non linear methods, Monte Carlo research methods, Hierarchical modeling

Expected Graduation: May 2020

Alma Mater: M.S., Illinois State University, B.A. Ohio University

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Social and Behavioral Sciences, East Carolina University

Ph.D., 2011, Socialy Psychology and Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas

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Alma Mater: B.A., Psychology, Tufts University; M.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University

Research and Data Analyst, Academic Quality and Student Success, Community College of Philadelphia System

Ph.D., 2018, Pubic Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Applied econometrics, Policy analysis and Education policy

Alma Mater: M.P.P., Monmouth University, B.A., Saint Joseph's University

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Leslie Shaw
Research Associate, Cornell University, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability

Ph.D., 2018, M.A., 2016, Psychology, University of Kansas

Stephen Short
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Charleston
Work: 843-642-8439

Ph.D., 2014, Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas 

Research Interests: Psychometrics and scale development, Structural equation modeling, Mulitevel modeling, Longitudinal data analysis, Individual attitudes toward science (e.g., evolution, climate change)

Alma Mater: M.A., 2011 Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas, B.S., 2009, Psychology, Christopher Newport University

Psychometrician, University of North Carolina

Ph.D., 2017, Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas

Research Interests: Tests of Measurement Invariance/Differential Item Functioning, Patient-Reported Outcomes Research

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