Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Quantitative Psychology, 2010)
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Child Clinical Psychology, 2005)
Latent Growth Curve Modeling (Graduate; PSY-GS 322, Fa '10; Sp '12, '13)
Applied Latent Class and Mixture Modeling (Graduate; PSY-GS 323, Fa '11, '12, '13)
Correlation and Regression (Undergraduate; PSY 2102, Sp '11, '12, '13; Fa '12, '13)
Definitely interested in accepting new graduate students for Fall 2014
Sonya K. Sterba
Assistant Professor of Psychology
My research topics include latent variable models for longitudinal and cross-sectional data, mixture models, and multilevel models, with a focus on advancing developmental psychopathology research.
- Sterba, S.K., Preacher, K.J., Hardcastle, E.J., Forehand, R., Cole, D.A., & Compas, B.E. (In press). Structural equation modeling approaches for analyzing partially nested data. Multivariate Behavioral Research.
- Sterba, S.K. & Gottfredson, N.C. (In press). Diagnosing global case influence on MAR versus MNAR model comparisons. Structural Equation Modeling.
- Sterba, S.K. (In press). Fitting nonlinear latent growth models with individually-varying time points. Structural Equation Modeling.
- Sterba, S.K. & Bauer, D.J. (In press). Predictions of individual change recovered with latent class or random coefficient growth models. Structural Equation Modeling.
- Sterba, S.K. (2013). Understanding linkages among mixture models. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 48, 775-815.
- Sterba, S.K. & Pek, J. (2012). Individual influence on model selection. Psychological Methods, 17, 582-599.
- Sterba, S.K., Baldasaro, R.E. & Bauer, D.J. (2012). Factors affecting the adequacy and preferability of semiparametric groups-based approximations of continuous growth trajectories. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 40, 590-634.
- Bauer, D.J. & Sterba, S.K. (2011). Fitting multilevel models with ordinal outcomes: Performance of alternative specifications and methods of estimation. Psychological Methods, 16, 373-390.
- Sterba, S.K. (2011). Implications of parcel-allocation variability for comparing fit of item-solutions and parcel-solutions. Structural Equation Modeling, 18, 554-577.
- Panter, A.T. & Sterba, S.K. (2011). Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology. Multivariate Applications Series. Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
- Sterba, S.K. & Bauer, D.J. (2010). Statistically evaluating person-oriented principles revisited: Reply to Molenaar (2010), von Eye (2010), Ialongo (2010) and Mun, Bates and Vaschillo (2010). Development & Psychopathology, 22, 287-294.
- Sterba, S.K. & Bauer, D.J. (2010). Matching method with theory in person-oriented developmental psychopathology research. Development & Psychopathology, 22, 239-254.
- Sterba, S.K. & MacCallum, R.C. (2010). Variability in parameter estimates and model fit across random allocations of items to parcels. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 45, 322-358.
- Sterba, S.K. Copeland, W., Egger, H., Costello, J., Erkanli, A. & Angold, A. (2010). Longitudinal dimensionality of adolescent psychopathology: Testing the differentiation hypothesis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51, 871-884.
- Sterba, S.K. (2009). Alternative model-based and design-based frameworks for inference from samples to populations: From polarization to integration. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 44, 711-740.
- Bauer, D.J., Sterba, S.K., & Hallfors, D. (2008). Evaluating group-based interventions when control participants are ungrouped. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 43, 210-246.
- Sterba, S.K., Egger, H.L., & Angold, A. (2007). Diagnostic specificity and non-specificity in the dimensions of preschool psychopathology. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 1005-1013.
- Sterba, S.K., Prinstein, M.J., & Cox, M.J. (2007). Trajectories of internalizing problems across childhood: Heterogeneity, external validity, and gender differences. Development and Psychopathology, 19, 345-366.
- Sterba, S.K. (2006). Misconduct in the analysis and reporting of data: Bridging methodological and ethical agendas for change. Ethics & Behavior, 16, 305-318.