Todd D. Little, PhD

Todd D. Little, PhD is a Professor and Director of the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics program at Texas Tech University (TTU) where, in 2013, he became the founding director of the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and Policy (IMMAP). The IMMAP at TTU is a university-designated research and support center that provides expert consulting and assistance on all manner of data collection, data management, and advanced statistical analyses. Little is internationally recognized for his quantitative work on various aspects of applied SEM (e.g., modern missing data treatments, indicator selection, parceling, modeling developmental processes) as well as his substantive developmental research (e.g., action-control processes and motivation, coping, and self-regulation). Prior to joining TTU, Dr. Little has guided quantitative training and provided consultation to students, staff, and faculty at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development’s Center for Lifespan Studies (1991-1998), Yale University’s Department of Psychology (1998-2002), and researchers at KU (2002-2013, including as director of the RDA unit in the Lifespan Institute and as director of the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis). In 2001, Dr, Little was elected to membership in the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, a restricted-membership society of quantitative specialists in the behavioral and social sciences. In 2009, he was elected President of APA’s Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics). He founded, organizes, and teaches in the internationally renowned ‘Stats Camps’ each June (see for details of the summer training programs) and has given over 150 workshops and talks on methodology topics around the world. He is a fellow in APA, APS, and AAAS. In 2013, he received the Cohen award from Division 5 of APA for distinguished contributions to teaching and mentoring and in 2015 he received the inaugural distinguished contributions award for mentoring developmental scientists from the Society for Research in Child Development.

As an interdisciplinary-oriented collaborator, Dr.  Little has published with over 340 persons from around the world in over 65 different peer-reviewed journals. His work has garnered over 15,300 citations with an H-index of 64 and an I-10 index of 145. He published Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling in 2013 and he has edited five books related to methodology including the Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods and the Guildford Handbook of Developmental Research Methods (with Brett Laursen and Noel Card). Dr.Little has served on numerous grant review panels for federal agencies such as NSF, NIH, and IES and private foundations such as the Jacobs foundation. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over 40 grants and contracts and he have served as a statistical consultant on over 85 grants and contracts. In the conduct of his collaborative research, he has participated in the development of over 12 different measurement tools, including the CAMI, the Multi-CAM, the BALES, the BISC, the I FEEL, and the form/function decomposition of aggression.

Dr. Little holds a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of California Riverside.