James Bovaird, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

James Bovaird, associate professor of educational psychology, was the founding director of the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has significant statistical consulting experience, especially with designs requiring hierarchical, multilevel and structural equation modeling.

Prior to his current appointment at UNL, Bovaird spent three years as a research associate with the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas. There, he provided extensive statistical planning and analysis services for affiliated researchers and taught numerous graduate-level statistics courses in the quantitative psychology program.

Bovaird's research interests focus on methodological applications and innovations in the use of advanced multivariate techniques in the social sciences, especially in education and psychology. He has authored several methodological book chapters, edited a compilation on longitudinal methods in the presence of contextual effects, and authored several methodological articles in major quantitative and substantive journals, including an article on the proper specification of the mixed model in randomized clinical trials research.