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Matthew Fritz

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, Arizona State University, 2007
M.A., Quantitative Psychology, Arizona State University, 2005
B.S., Psychology, Oregon State University, 2002

Philosophy Statement:

The role of a quantitative psychologist is to improve and advance the statistical models and quantitative research methods used by social and behavioral scientists, while never losing sight of the substantive topics that drive the need for these methods. My interest in how one achieves long-term change in attitudes, intentions, and behaviors, particularly the intermediate links in this causal chain, along with my extensive training in applied statistics, measurement, and experimental design, are the reasons my research focuses on longitudinal mediation models primarily applied to prevention interventions. I am also a strong believer in the need for all psychologists to be educated in a variety of quantitative methods in order to improve the quality of research in the social and behavioral sciences.

Courses Taught

  • EDPS 859 – Statistical Methods
  • EDPS 941 – Experimental Methods
  • EDPS 972 – Multivariate Analysis

Areas of Expertise:

    Mediation analysis
    Causal inference
    Methods for longitudinal data (growth models – HLM and SEM, autoregressive, latent change score, ILD)
    Computer intensive methods (e.g., bootstrapping)
    Nonlinear models
    Analysis of prevention interventions

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2003)Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychology (inducted 2002)
2013 – present Assistant Professor, Dept. of Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2008 – 2013 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Virginia Tech University
American Psychological Association – Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement, and StatisticsAmerican Statistical AssociationNebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics, and Psychometrics – Core FacultyNebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools – Affiliated FacultyPrevention Science Methodology GroupPsychometric SocietySociety for Prevention ResearchUniversity of Nebraska – Lincoln LBGTQA Safe Space Ally