About my research...

I believe that effective and timely communication is often lacking between those who theorize about psychological and developmental phenomena and those who develop and evaluate the quantitative techniques used in testing such theories. Building the needed bridges across areas yields important benefits to both sides—while theorists require increasingly powerful and flexible methodologies to advance their empirical work, the most valuable methodological developments will be those that are informed by and responsive to the needs of the fields in which they will be utilized.

I want to help build these bridges. My program of research seeks to empirically examine and to thoughtfully disseminate how developments in quantitative methods can best be utilized to advance empirical work in the social sciences. I try to achieve these goals not only by contributing my own work, focusing largely on questions about measurement and longitudinal analysis, but also through extensive research collaborations with others. Finally, I am committed to increasing the accessibility of advanced quantitative methods through didactic journal articles, successful teaching, and a textbook on longitudinal analysis (currently under revision for a second edition). These activities in turn continue to motivate further study and innovation in those quantitative methods.

Please visit the links on the left to see some of my previous and ongoing efforts to meet each of these goals. Interested in reprints or preprints not provided here? Email me.