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Todd D. Little

Professional Biography

Todd D. Little, PhD is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Leadership and the founding Director of the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and Policy ( at Texas Tech University. Little has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development’s Center for Lifespan Studies (1991-1998),Yale University’s Department of Psychology (1998-2002), and the University of Kansas (2002-2013), where he founded and directed the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis. In 2001, Little was elected to the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology. In 2009, he was elected President of APA’s Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics). Little is a Fellow in AAAS, APA and APS. He organizes and teaches in the internationally renowned “Stats Camps” each June (see for details). In 2009, he received the W.T. Kemper award for excellence in Teaching at KU and in 2013 he received the Cohen award for distinguished contributions to teaching and mentorship from APA’s Division 5.

Memberships in Professional Associations and Societies

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) – Fellow (elected 2012)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA; Division D)
  • American Psychological Association (APA; Divisions 5, 7, 8, & 15; Fellow in 5, 7 , & 15)
  • Division 5: Program Chair 2007-09, (elect, current, past)-President, 2010-13
  • American Statistical Association (ASA)
  • Association for Psychological Science(APS) – Charter member, Fellow (elected 2011)
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD)
  • Workshop presenter 2012
  • Psychometric Society
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • Society for Research in Adolescence (SRA)
  • Peer Preconference co-chair 2005, Workshop presenter 2007-date
  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
  • SRCD Developmental Methodology Conference co-organizer 2011 & 2013 (with Noel A. Card)
  • Peer Preconference co-chair 2008; Peers Treasurer Since 2008; Workshop presenter, 2004-date
  • Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP)
  • Local organizer for the 2002 annual meeting held in Lawrence, KS


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology
  • University of California, Riverside: December,1988
  • B.A., English Literature
  • University of California, Riverside: June,1983

Areas of Expertise

Statistics and Methodology: Modeling Individual, Group, and Developmental Differences; General Structural Equations Modeling Techniques (e.g., LISREL, MACS, Growth Curve, HLM), Construct Validation; Measurement; Selection Effects, Missing data estimation.

Developmental/Educational Psychology: Action-Control Processes; Motivation; Self-regulation; School Achievement; Peer and Friendship Relationships; Adjustment and Well-being; The Social-Personality Nexus; Cross-Cultural and Socio-contextual Influences; Childhood & Adolescence.

Selected Publications

Six Signature Publications on Statistics and Methodology:

Little, T. D. (2013). Longitudinal structural equation modeling. New York: Guilford Press.

Little, T. D., Rhemtulla, M., Gibson, K., & Schoemann, A. M.(in press). Why the items versus parcels controversy needn’t be one. Psychological Methods, 00, 000-000.

Little, T. D., Bovaird, J. A., & Widaman, K. F. (2006). On the merits of orthogonalizing powered and product terms: Implications for modeling interactions among latent variables. Structural Equation Modeling, 13, 497-519. (doi:10.1207/s15328007sem1304_1).

Little, T. D., Cunningham, W. A., Shahar, G., & Widaman, K. F. (2002). To parcel or not to parcel: Exploring the question, weighing the merits. Structural Equation Modeling, 9, 151-173. (doi:10.1207/S15328007SEM0902_1).

Little, T. D., Lindenberger, U. & Nesselroade, J. R. (1999). On selecting indicators for multivariate measurement and modeling with latent variables: When "good" indicators are bad and "bad" indicators are good. Psychological Methods, 4, 192-211.

Little, T. D. (1997). Mean and covariance structures (MACS) analyses of cross-cultural data: Practical and theoretical issues. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 32, 53-76. (doi:10.1207/s15327906mbr3201_3).

Six Signature Publications on Developmental Topics:

Geldhof, G. J., Little, T. D., & Colombo, J. (2010). Self-regulation across the lifespan. In M. E. Lamb & A. M. Freund (Vol. Eds.), and R. M. Lerner (Editor-in-Chief). Social and emotional development (pp. 116-157). Volume 2 of The Handbook of Lifespan Development. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Little, T. D., Snyder, C. R., & Wehmeyer, M. (2006). The agentic self: On the nature and origins of personal agency across the lifespan. In. D. K. Mroczek & T. D. Little (Eds.). Handbook of Personality Development (pp. 61-79). Mahwah, NJ: LEA.

Little, T. D., Jones, S. M., Henrich, C. C., & Hawley, P. H. (2003). Disentangling the ‘whys’ from the ‘whats’ of aggressive behavior. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 27, 122-133.(doi: 10.1080/01650250244000128).*top cited article in IJBD, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Little, T. D., Lopez, D. F., Oettingen, G. O., & Baltes, P. B. (2001). A comparative-longitudinal study of action-control beliefs and school performance: On the role of context. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 25, 237-245.(doi: 10.1080/01650250042000258).

Little, T. D., Lopez, D. F., & Wanner, B. (2001). Children’s action-control behaviors (Coping): A longitudinal validation of the behavioral inventory of strategic control. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 14, 315-336.

Little, T. D., & Lopez, D. F. (1997).Regularities in the development of children's causality beliefs about school performance across six sociocultural contexts. Developmental Psychology, 33, 165-175.

Citation Impact (as of August 2013):ISIis 3700 (H-index of 30); Google Scholar is 8100 (H-index of 47)


Last updated on Oct. 31, 2013.