Academic Appointments:
Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods
within the Child Language Doctoral Program
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Associate Scientist and Director of Quantitative Development
of the Research Design and Analysis Unit,
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
at the University of Kansas

Contact Information:
Email: Lesa@ku.edu
Office: 3042 Dole
Office Phone: 785-864-0638
Office Hours Fall 2016: 2:30-4:00 TR in 3049 Dole

Mailing Address:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 3031
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7561

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. –Aristotle

Brief Biosketch: I received my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Kansas in 2003, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Pennsylvania State University before joining the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an Assistant Professor in 2006 (and as Associate Professor in 2011). In August 2014 I became Associate Scientist and Director of Quantitative Development in the Research Design and Analysis (RDA) Unit of the Lifespan Institute and Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Child Language Doctoral Program. My program of research seeks to empirically examine and to thoughtfully disseminate how developments in quantitative psychology can best be utilized to advance empirical work in psychology, human development, and other social sciences. Recent projects have focused on the measurement of visual attention in older adults, the methodological barriers to examining longitudinal changes in cognition, and innovative applications of multilevel modeling for within-person experimental designs. I teach graduate courses and intensive workshops on advanced quantitative methods, such as latent trait measurement models and multilevel modeling, and I have finally finished my textbook on longitudinal analysis! Please browse these pages for more information about my research and teaching.