- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About The Editor
- The Philosophy of Quantitative Methods
- Quantitative Methods and Ethics
- Special Populations
- Theory Construction, Model Building, and Model Selection
- Teaching Quantitative Psychology
- Modern Test Theory
- The IRT Tradition and its Applications
- Survey Design and Measure Development
- High-Stakes Test Construction and Test Use
- Effect Size and Sample Size Planning
- Experimental Design for Causal Inference: Clinical Trials and Regression Discontinuity Designs
- Matching and Propensity Scores
- Designs for and Analyses of Response Time Experiments
- Observational Methods
- A Primer of Epidemiologic Methods, Concepts, and Analysis With Examples and More Advanced Applications Within Psychology
- Program Evaluation: Principles, Procedures, and Practices
- Overview of Statistical Estimation Methods
- Robust Statistical Estimation
- Bayesian Statistical Methods
- Mathematical Modeling
- Monte Carlo Analysis in Academic Research
- Network Analysis: A Definitional Guide to Important Concepts
Abstract and Keywords
In this introductory chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods, I provide an overview of the two volumes. More specifically, I describe the rationale and motivation for the selected topics that are presented in volumes. I also list out my instructions to the chapter authors and then describe how the chapters fit together into thematic groupings. I also extend my sincerest gratitude to the persons who assisted me along the way, as no work this comprehensive can be done without the considerable help and assistance of many persons. I conclude with how pleased I am with the quality and comprehensiveness of the chapters that are included.
Todd D. Little, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, Director of the Quantitative training program, Director of the undergraduate Social and Behavioral Sciences Methodology minor, and a member of the Developmental training program. Since 2010, Todd has been Director of the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis (CRMDA) at Kansas University. Little is internationally recognized for his quantitative work on various aspects of applied SEM (e.g., indicator selection, parceling, modeling developmental processes) as well as his substantive developmental research (e.g., action-control processes and motivation, coping, and self-regulation). In 2001, Little was elected to membership in the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology. In 2009, he was elected President of APA’s Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) and in 2010 was elected Fellow of the division. In 2012, he was elected Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science. He founded, organizes, and teaches in the internationally renowned KU “Stats Camps” each June (see crmda.KU.edu for details of the summer training programs). Little has edited five books related to methodology including The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods and the Guilford Handbook of Developmental Research Methods (with Brett Laursen and Noel Card). Little has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 15 grants and contracts, statistical consultant on more than 60 grants and he has guided the development of more than 10 different measurement tools.
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