Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Ph.D. Psychology, Iowa State University, 2007
M.A. General/Experimental Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino, 2001
B.A. Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino, 1999
Current Evaluation Projects
Iowa 4-H Program Evaluation
AmeriCorps 4-H Evaluation
Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) Evaluation
Onondaga Community College Guided Pathways to Success Project Evaluation.
Design Environment of Educator-Student Collaboration Allowing Real-Time Engineering-centric STEM (DESCARTES) Exploration in Middle Grades. SBIR Phase II Institute of Educational Sciences
The Global Century Project, Educating for a Global Century: Preparing Leaders for Success by Connecting Global Competence and Civic Learning in International Education. U.S. Department of Education
Engineering Design Instruction Software for Implementing Objectives of Next (EDISON) Generation Standards in K-12. SBIR Phase II National Science Foundation
Establishing Measurement Equivalence of MSRC Database Assessments across Demographic Groups. Military Suicide Research Consortium.
As a social psychologist by training, my research interests center broadly on the development and maintenance of well-being (psychological and physical) during adulthood. One particular interest involves the influences that contextual factors and life event experiences exert on developmental trajectories of wellness and dispositional constructs. A second related interest involves the interplay of context and experience as a contributor to the development of resilience and how resilience influences adaptive adjustment following subsequent event experiences. Related to these substantive areas, I also have interests in quantitative domains including measurement, modeling processes in complex variable systems, advanced approaches to modeling longitudinal data, and research design.
As a Research Scientist in RISE, I serve as the quantitative lead providing methodolgical and analytic direction and support for multiple ongoing research and evaluation projects. My work focuses on experimental and quasi-experimental design, measurement and assessment of quantitative outcomes, data source identification, data integration and database construction, and statistical analysis. In addition, I provide methodological and statistical consultation to School of Education faculty, staff, and graduate students with ongoing projects, new project development, and post-award quantitative analytic needs. Areas of quantitative expertise include psychometrics, research design, power analysis, longitudinal and structural modeling, and methods for dealing with missing data.
Recent Publications (past two years)
Schofield, T. J., Robins, R. W., Fox, J., Abraham, W. T., Cutrona, C. E. (2018). Family health and income: A two-sample replication. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 632-642. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000424.
Russell, D. W., Clavél, F. D., Cutrona, C. E., Abraham, W. T., & Burzette, R. G. (2018). Neighborhood racial discrimination and the development of major depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127, 150-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/abn0000336
Schofield, T. J., & Abraham, W. T. (2017). Intergenerational continuity in attitudes: A latent variable family fixed-effects approach. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 1005-1016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000375
Lannin, D. G., Vogel, D. L., Brenner, R. E., Abraham, W. T., & Heath, P. J. (2016). Does self-stigma reduce the probability of seeking mental health information? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 351-358. doi.org/10.1037/cou0000108
Representative Quantitative Methodology Publications
Abraham, W. T., & Russell, D. W. (2008). Statistical power analysis in psychological research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 383-301. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2007.00052.x
Mallinckrodt, B., Abraham, W. T., Wei, M., & Russell, D. W. (2006). Advances in testing the statistical significance of mediation effects. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 372-378. doi: 10.1037/0022-018.104.22.1682
Abraham, W. T., & Russell, D. W. (2004). Missing data: A review of current methods and applications in epidemiological research. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 17, 315-321.