Statistical Methods Training Course Instructors


TODD D. LITTLE PH.D.Director / Instructor

Todd D. Little, PhD is a Professor and director of the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and Policy at Texas Tech University. He is widely recognized for his quantitative work on various aspects of applied SEM (e.g., modern missing data treatments, indicator selection, parceling, modeling developmental processes) as well as his substantive developmental research (e.g., action-control processes and motivation, coping, and self-regulation). His work has garnered over 49,424 citations with an h-index of 97 and an i10-index of 261. In 2001, he was elected to membership in the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and in 2009, he was elected President of APA’s Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics). He is a fellow in APA, APS, and AAAS. In 2013, he received the Cohen award from Division 5 of APA for distinguished contributions to teaching and mentoring and in 2015 he received the inaugural distinguished contributions award for mentoring developmental scientists from the Society for Research in Child Development. Both awards cited his founding of Stats Camp ( in 2003 and its ongoing impact on shaping the quality of scientific inquiry for both past and future generations of researchers. Download Todd’s CV (PDF)

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S. NATASHA BERETVAS PH.D.Course Instructor

Tasha Beretvas is a professor in the Quantitative Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology. She joined UT’s faculty in 2000. Beretvas has served as the Quantitative Methods program chair and the College of Education’s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. She is currently the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. She is also a member of the board of directors for the college’s Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and a faculty associate of UT’s Population Research Center. Beretvas has served on UT’s Faculty Council and as co-chair of the Employment Issues sub-committee of UT’s Gender Equity Council. Beretvas teaches undergraduate and graduate statistics courses in the College of Education and has been a recipient of several teaching awards. Beretvas received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology from Duke University. She then worked at IBM before attending the University of Washington in Seattle where she earned a Masters and a doctoral degree in 2000 from the Educational Psychology department specializing in measurement, statistics and research design.

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NOEL A. CARD PH.D.Course Instructor

Noel is an associate professor Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John’s University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in quantitative and developmental psychology at the University of Kansas. Noel has received many accolades for his skills at teaching and consulting on SEM issues and concepts, and has worked extensively in applying SEM to longitudinal and dyadic data. Noel Card’s research interests are in developmental science and quantitative methods, and especially at the interface of these disciplines. His developmental interests are broadly within the domain of child and adolescent social development, with specific interest in aggression and peer victimization. His quantitative interests are primarily in meta-analysis, with additional interests in structural equation modeling, analysis of longitudinal data, and analysis of interdependent data.

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DASHA COCHRAN PH.D.Course Instructor

Dr. Daria ‘Dasha’ B. Cochran is a Professional Counselor in San Francisco, CA with special training and skill in assessing patient mental health and treating cognitive, psychological, and behavioral disorders using a wide variety of therapy techniques. As a Professional Counselor, Daria ‘Dasha’ B. Cochran, PhD, MEd performs diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders, providing therapy to clients in individual and group settings, research into advanced therapy techniques and applications, and referral to medical mental health professionals as needed. Professional Counseling is a healthcare specialty centered on providing mental and emotional guidance and therapy to treat mental, emotional, and addictive disorders. Significant diseases and conditions treated by Professional Counselors include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), behavioral disorders, phobias, bereavement, marital hardship, attempted suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, sexual abuse, . Medical tests, procedures and therapies provided by Professional Counselors include psychotherapy, cognitive behavior disorder (CBD) therapy, crisis management, mental health assessment, intelligence quotient examinations, marriage counseling, one-on-one therapy sessions, anger management therapy, and stress management.

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KI COLE PH.D.Course Instructor

Ki Cole, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor for Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics (REMS) in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS). She is an Oklahoma native and attended the land-grant University of Arkansas (BS, MS, and PhD). She joined the REMS faculty at OSU in August 2014 and has served as the Course Coordinator for the REMS service courses since 2019. Dr. Cole is an active participant in all areas of teaching, research, and service. Her primary areas of study are in the design, evaluation, and use of tests and surveys. She is the recipient of the 2020 Marguerite Scrubbs Award for Meritorious Early Career Research and 2018 Distinguished Faculty Research Award in CEHS. She teaches graduate courses (e.g., Statistical Methods, ANOVA, Factor Analysis, and Item Response Theory) and serves on graduate student committees across colleges at OSU. She has co-authored one textbook and publishes in Educational and Psychological Measurement, International Journal of Testing, and Journal of Quantitative Research in Education. She serves as External Evaluator for various grants and has served as a reviewer of grant proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Ki has served as the CEHS representative to Faculty Council since 2019.

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LESLIE ECHOLS PH.D.Course Instructor

Leslie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Missouri State University. She holds a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in human development and psychology from University of California, Los Angeles. She also hold a M.S. in education from City University of New York. She is a former elementary education teacher and currently studies peer relations in the school context. Specifically, much of her research investigates the role of school ethnic composition and scheduling practices on friendship and victimization among classmates and other peers.

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Mauricio is a full time assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His Ph.D focused on Quantitative Psychology at the University of Kansas completed in the summer of 2016. His research focus is on the application of Bayesian methods to complex structure data for longitudinal analysis, from both mixed-effects and SEM models. He has experience not only working in the test and development of methods, but also in the application of these in data; in different fields like special education, cognitive decline in aging, healthy aging ( He has been involved in the Stats Camp since 2011.

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Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Kansas. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology and Statistics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on evaluating measurement invariance with an emphasis in longitudinal designs. In areas of applied research, Elizabeth has been involved in longitudinal children studies at Juniper Gardens as well as a national nursing study at Kansas University Medical Center, both in Kansas City. She also received the 2011 Multivariate Software Award, presented by Peter Bentler and Eric Wu. Elizabeth has been involved in Stats Camp since 2012.

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JORG HENSELER PH.D.Course Instructor

Jörg Henseler, PhD, is Full Professor and Chair of Product–Market Relations in the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente in The Netherlands. He is also Visiting Professor at NOVA Information Management School, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Distinguished Invited Professor in the Department of Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Seville, Spain. His broad-ranging research interests encompass empirical methods of marketing and design research as well as the management of design, products, services, and brands. A highly cited researcher, Dr. Henseler is a leading expert on partial least squares (PLS) path modeling, a composite-based structural equation modeling (SEM) technique that bridges design and behavioral research. He has written dozens of scholarly articles, edited or authored several books, served as guest editor for three special journal issues, and chaired conferences on PLS. He serves on several journal editorial boards and has been an invited speaker on SEM at universities around the world. Dr. Henseler chairs the scientific advisory board for the ADANCO software program and regularly provides seminars on PLS path modeling at the PLS School.

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CHUCK HUBER PH.D.Course Instructor

Chuck Huber is a Senior Statistician at StataCorp and Adjunct Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. In addition to working with Stata’s team of software developers, he produces instructional videos for the Stata Youtube channel, writes blog entries, develops online NetCourses and gives talks about Stata at universities and conferences around the world.

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KYLE LANG PH.D.Course Instructor

I am currently an assistant professor in the Methodology and Statistics Department of the Tilburg University School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. My primary research area is missing data analysis, and the majority of my personal research focuses on expanding the capabilities of multiple imputation as a missing data treatment.

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AUDREY LEROUX PH.D.Course Instructor

Dr. Audrey Leroux, is an Assistant Professor of Research, Measurement, and Statistics in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development.

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PARAS MEHTA PH.D.Course Instructor

Paras is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Houston. His research interests include multilevel structural equations modeling, growth curve modeling, and applications of ML-SEM in educational and organizational research.

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KATHRYN MODECKI PH.D.Course Instructor

My research articulating diverse developmental pathways of resilience, risk, and health draws from four + years applied experience working with families and youth within at-risk settings. In particular, my research questions reflect time with Head Start (a comprehensive early childhood education and parent involvement service to low-income families) as a family liaison in rural Alaska and with Outward Bound in southern Florida, as a program leader for court-ordered youth sentenced to month-long rehabilitative courses.

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I’m a researcher at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center- East Bay. I conduct data analysis using advanced statistical methods such as latent variable modeling. I have 6 years of experience programming in R, and I love learning about Linux and statistical new tools.I’m always open to new projects and ideas, I collaborate with several teams around the world on topics related to healthy aging, Alzheimer Disease and other health related topics.

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WHITNEY MOORE PH.D.Course Instructor

Whitney received her Ph.D. in the Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Physical Activity from the University of Kansas. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in the Division of Kinesiology, Health & Sport Studies where she teaches graduate courses in research methods, sport and exercise psychology, and statistics.

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Mwarumba Mwavita is Director of the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation (CERE) at Oklahoma State University. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor in the Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics (REMS) program in the School of Educational Studies (SES).

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JOSHUA POLANIN PH.D.Course Instructor

Senior Research Scientist at Development Services Group, Inc., a social science research firm that specializes in program evaluation, systematic reviews, and technical assistance. Dr. Polanin is the Senior Methodologist on the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse Reviews, Reporting, Dissemination,and Development (R2D2) contract, and Senior Statistician for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

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LARRY PRICE PH.D.Course Instructor

Larry Price, Ph.d. PStat is the Director of the Data Analytics & Methodology at Texas State University. This university-wide role involves supervising a team of quantitative methodologists in conceptualizing and writing the analytic segments of large-scale competitive grant proposals for funding agencies such as the Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Standards, and the Department of Defense in collaboration with interdisciplinary research teams. His research has been funded by agencies such as the Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Standards, and the Department of Defense.

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RENS VAN DE SCHOOT PH.D.Course Instructor

Rens van de Schoot, Ph.D., is associated professor in Methods and Statistics at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and extra-ordinary professor at North-West University in South Africa. He is a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and member of the FD Young Circle.

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JAMES P. SELIG PH.D.Course Instructor

James P. Selig received his Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from the University of Kansas. He is currently an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he teaches graduate courses in advanced statistics and statistical software.

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Michael is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He holds a Ph.D. in public policy and public administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University. Michael’s work investigates the factors influencing network formation as well as the effect of social structure on individual and collective behavior, decision-making, and performance. Michael has taught network analysis training seminars and workshops for the Public Management Research Association, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR), the Science of Team Science Conference, the Center for Disaster Management at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at UIC.

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Dr. Alexander M. Schoemann, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at East Carolina University. Alex received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 2011 in Social and Quantitative Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Kristopher Preacher. He has been a Stats Camp instructor since 2012 (after spending several years as a “counselor”). Alex teaches graduate courses in research design, regression, multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling. His research is focused on applying advanced quantitative methods to data from behavior sciences. Specific topics of interest include mediation and moderation, power analyses, missing data estimation, meta-analysis, structural equation models and multilevel models. Alex is also interested in developing user friendly software for advanced methods including applications for power analysis for mediation models (

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Zachary is a researcher in the College of Education at Texas Tech University studying latent variable modeling and planned missing data. He received his Master of Education degree from Texas Tech University and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tarleton State University. He has assisted Dr. Little in the instruction of Structural Equation Modeling courses at Texas Tech University as well as at numerous Stats Camp seminars and analysis retreats.

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