Thurstone Lab Alumni


Danielle Dean
2015: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “Utilizing Multilevel Event History Analysis to Model Temporal Characterisitcs of Friendships Unfolding in Discrete-Time Social Networks”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Daniel Bauer
Current Position: Senior Data Scientist Lead, Microsoft


Jim McGinley
2014: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “Discrete-Scale Models for Count Data: Applications to the Study of Alcohol Use”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Curran
Current Position: Psychometrician, Vector Psychometric Group


Ruth Baldasaro
2012: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “Person Level Analysis in Latent Growth Curve Models”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Daniel Bauer
Current Position: Data Scientist, SAS Institute


Nisha Gottfredson
2011: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “Evaluating Shared Parameter Mixture Models for Analyzing Change in the Presence of Non-Randomly Missing Data”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Daniel Bauer
Current Position: Assistant Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Diane Losardo
2010: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “Equivalent Models in the Context of Latent Curve Analysis”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Curran
Current Position: Data Scientist, Teachers Pay Teachers


Daniel Serrano
2010: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “A Second-Order Growth Model for Longitudinal Item Response Data”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Curran
Current Position: Associate Director of Psychometrics and Statistics, Endpoint Outcomes


Sonya Sterba
2010: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “Recovery of Predictor Relationships via Semiparametric and Parametric Growth Models Under Misspecification”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Daniel Bauer
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University


R.J. Wirth
2008: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “The Effects of Measurement Non-invariance on Parameter Estimation in Latent Growth Models”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Curran
Current Position: Co-Managing Partner, Vector Psychometric Group


Nathan Vandergrift
2004: Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, UNC Chapel Hill
Dissertation: “Latent Curve Models for Nonlinear Target Function: A Review and Simulation”
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Curran
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Duke Human Vaccine Institute