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Kristopher J. Preacher

Associate Chair, Dept. of Psychology & Human Development

Dr. Preacher is a Professor in the Quantitative Methods program. His research concerns the use (and combination) of structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling to model correlational and longitudinal data. Other interests include developing techniques to test mediation and moderation hypotheses, bridging the gap between substantive theory and statistical practice, and studying model evaluation and model selection in the application of multivariate methods to social science questions. He serves on the editorial boards of Multivariate Behavioral Research, Behavior Research Methods, Communication Methods and Measures, and Journal of Educational & Behavioral Statistics, and is an associate editor of Psychological Methods.

Representative Publications

Morrill, M. I., Schulz, M. S., Nevarez, M. D., Preacher, K. J., & Waldinger, R. J. (in press). Assessing within- and between-family variations in an expanded measure of childhood adversity. Psychological Assessment.

Murphy, L. K., Preacher, K. J., Rights, J. D.*, Rodriguez, E., Bemis, H., Desjardins, L., Prussien, K., Winning, A. M., Gerhardt, C. A., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B. (in press). Maternal communication  in childhood cancer: Factor analysis and relation to maternal distress. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Preacher, K. J., & Sterba, S. K. (in press). Aptitude × treatment interactions in research on educational interventions. Exceptional Children.

Zhang, G., Preacher, K. J., Hattori, M., Jiang, G., & Trichtinger, L. A. (in press). A sandwich standard error estimator for exploratory factor analysis with nonnormal data and imperfect models. Applied Psychological Measurement.

Scheuermann, T. S., Preacher, K. J., Carlini, B. H., Bush, T., Magnusson, B., Nazir, N., & Richter, K. P. (in press). Predictors of engagement in post-discharge quitline counseling among hospitalized smokers. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Rights, J. D.*, Sterba, S. K., Cho, S.-J., & Preacher, K. J. (2018). Addressing model uncertainty in item response theory person scores through model averaging. Behaviormetrika, 45, 495-503.

Bettis, A. H., Forehand, R., Sterba, S. K., Preacher, K. J., & Compas, B. E. (2018). Anxiety and depression in children of depressed parents: Dynamics of change in a preventive intervention. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 47, 581-594.

Lachowicz, M. J.*, Preacher, K. J., & Kelley, K. (2018). A novel measure of effect size for mediation analysis. Psychological Methods, 23, 244-261.

Hattori, M., Zhang, G., & Preacher, K. J. (2017). Multiple local solutions and geomin rotation. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 52, 720-731.

Scheuermann, T. S., Richter, K. P., Rigotti, N. A., Cummings, S. E., Harrington, K. F., Sherman, S. E., Zhu, S.-H., Tindle, H. A., Preacher, K. J., & the Consortium of Hospitals Advancing Research on Tobacco (CHART) (2017). Accuracy of self-reported smoking abstinence in clinical trials of hospital-initiated smoking interventions. Addiction, 112, 2227-2236.

Bahns, A. J., Crandall, C. S., Gillath, O., & Preacher, K. J. (2017). Similarity in relationships as niche construction: Choice, stability, and influence within dyads in a free choice environment. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences, 112, 329-355.

Sachs-Ericsson, N. J., Sheffler, J. L., Stanley, I. H., Piazza, J. R., & Preacher, K. J. (2017). When emotional pain becomes physical: Adverse childhood experiences, pain, and the role of mood and anxiety disorders. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 1403-1428.

Klippel, A., Myin-Germeys, I., Chavez-Baldini, U., Preacher, K. J., Kempton, M., Valmaggia, L., Calem, M., So, S., Beards, S., Hubbard, K., Gayer-Anderson, C., Onyejiaka, A., Wichers, M., McGuire, P., Murray, R., Garety, P., van Os, J., Wykes, T., Moran, C., & Reininghaus, U. (2017). Modelling the interplay between psychological processes and adverse, stressful contexts and experiences in pathways to psychosis: An experience sampling study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 43, 302-315.

Dunkley, D. M., Lewkowski, M., Lee, I. A., Preacher, K. J., Zuroff, D. C., Berg, J.-L., Foley, J. E., Myhr, G., & Westreich, R. (2017). Daily stress, coping, and negative and positive affect in depression: Complex trigger and maintenance patterns. Behavior Therapy, 48, 349-365.

Bahns, A. J., Crandall, C. S., Gillath, O., & Preacher, K. J. (2017). Similarity in relationships as niche construction: Choice, stability, and influence within dyads in a free choice environment. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences, 112, 329-355.

Richter, K. P., Faseru, B., Shireman, T. I., Mussulman, L. M., Nazir, N., Bush, T., Scheuermann, T. S., Preacher, K. J., Carlini, B. H., Magnusson, B., Ellerbeck, E. F., Cramer, C., Cook, D. J., & Martell, M. J. (2016). Warm handoff versus Fax referral for linking hospitalized smokers to quitlines. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51, 587-596.

Cho, S.-J., & Preacher, K. J. (2016). Measurement error correction formula for cluster-level group differences in cluster randomized and observational studies. Educational & Psychological Measurement, 76, 771-786.

Merkle, E. C., You, D., & Preacher, K. J. (2016). Testing non-nested structural equation models. Psychological Methods, 21, 151-163.

Preacher, K. J., Zhang, Z., & Zyphur, M. J. (2016). Multilevel structural equation models for assessing moderation within and across levels of analysis. Psychological Methods, 21, 189-205.

Deboeck, P. R., & Preacher, K. J. (2016). No need to be discrete: A method for continuous time mediation analysis. Structural Equation Modeling, 23, 61-75.

Zhang, G., & Preacher, K. J. (2015). Factor rotation and standard errors in exploratory factor analysis. Journal of Educational & Behavioral Statistics, 40, 579-603

Compas, B. E., Bemis, H., Gerhardt, C. A., Dunn, M. J., Rodriguez, E. M., Desjardins, L., Preacher, K. J., Manring, S., & Vannatta, K. (2015). Mothers and fathers coping with their children's cancer: Individual and interpersonal processes. Health Psychology, 34, 783-793.

Rucker, D. D., McShane, B. B., & Preacher, K. J. (2015). A researcher's guide to regression, discretization, and median splits of continuous variables. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 25, 666-678.

Cho, S.-J., Preacher, K. J., & Bottge, B. A. (2015). Detecting intervention effects in a cluster randomized design using multilevel structural equation modeling for binary responses. Applied Psychological Measurement, 39, 627-642.

Lachowicz, M. J.*, Sterba, S. K., & Preacher, K. J. (2015). Investigating multilevel mediation with fully or partially nested data. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 18, 274-289.

Preacher, K. J. (2015). Advances in mediation analysis: A survey and synthesis of new developments. Annual Review of Psychology, 66, 825-852.

Laird, K. T., Preacher, K. J., & Walker, L. S. (2015). Attachment and adjustment in adolescents and young adults with a history of pediatric functional abdominal pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 31, 152-158.

Richter, K. P., Shireman, T. I., Ellerbeck, E. F., Cupertino, A. P., Catley, D., Cox, L. S., Preacher, K. J., Spaulding, R., Mussulman, L. M., Nazir, N., Hunt, J. J., & Lambart, L. (2015). Comparative and cost effectiveness of telemedicine versus telephone counseling for smoking cessation. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17, e113.

Wang, L., & Preacher, K. J. (2015). Moderated mediation analysis using Bayesian methods. Structural Equation Modeling., 22, 249-263.

Preacher, K. J., & Hancock, G. R. (2015). Meaningful aspects of change as novel random coefficients: A general method for reparameterizing longitudinal models. Psychological Methods, 20, 84-101.

Timmons, A. C.*, & Preacher, K. J. (2015). The importance of temporal design: How do measurement intervals affect the accuracy and efficiency of parameter estimates in longitudinal research? Multivariate Behavioral Research, 50, 41-55.

* Current or former Quantitative student.