Daniel J. Bauer, Ph.D.
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UNC-CH
Department of Psychology
Davie Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3270

Phone: 919-962-4020
Fax: 919-962-2537
e-Mail: dbauer@email.unc.edu

Welcome

Thank you for visiting my web site. I am a professor in the Quantitative Psychology Program of the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On my web site, I keep copies of many of my publications and conference presentations, as well as related supplementary material like computer code and technical appendices.

Research Interests

The overarching goals of my program of research are to propose, evaluate, and apply quantitative modeling techniques to improve research on the development of negative social and health behaviors and psychopathology. I have focused particularly on generalized and nonlinear latent variable models, a broad class of models which includes multilevel models, factor analysis, structural equation models, latent curve models, item response theory models, latent class models, and mixture models. A current emphasis of my research is integrative data analysis, or the simultaneous analysis of data that is pooled across multiple, independently conducted studies. Similar in spirit to meta-analysis, integrative data analysis is conducted at the level of the raw data to permit not only replication but also the assessment of new scientific questions that, for instance, might concern low base-rate behaviors, population subgroups, or long spans of development, that would be difficult to evaluate in any single study.

Prospective Graduate Students

Quantitative psychology is less well known than many areas of psychology, but is critical to the advancement of psychological science and provides many career opportunities. For an excellent overview of the field, graduate programs, and how to prepare for a career in quantitative psychology, see the excellent APA site Quantitative Psychology.

The L.L. Thurstone psychometric lab houses one of the oldest and most prominent training programs in quantitative psychology in the country. Our graduate program admits students at the program level. This model for admission is in contrast to some graduate programs that use a stricter apprenticeship model in which students are admitted by individual faculty members. Although we make sure that all of the students we accept have research interests that match one or more potential faculty mentors, we do not necessarily require that the student's advisor be identified at the outset. This model provides some flexibilty for students to explore interests before settling into a specific lab. As interests change, it is even possible for students to work in multiple labs, or to have a different doctoral advisor than master's advisor. With all of this in mind, I will be available to advise at least one new student for the following academic year. Applicants with potential interests in my research are encouraged to browse publications posted on this web page.