Faculty - Quantitative
Steven Paul Reise [Edit Page]
Ph. D., University of Minnesota
Office: 3587 FH
Phone: (310) 794-1594
Research and Teaching Interests
I am primarily interested in the applicaiton of item respone theory (IRT) models to personality, psychopathology and health outcomes measures. My current interests center on the role of the bifactor model in defining and assessing dimensionality in an IRT context, and new approaches to assessing differential item functioning. I am also presently involved in: a) the development of new IRT software, b) a national project to develop IRT based standardized measures of health outcomes (PROMIS), and c) a consortium devoted to understanding the genetic/biological basis of psychopathology (CCP). My specific interest within the consortium is to develop structural models linking measures of impulsivity across different levels of analysis including self-report, cognitive tasks, and biological measures.
Dr. Reise received his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1990. At Minnesota, Dr. Reise worked under the supervision of David Weiss, one of the early pioneers of IRT-based computerized adaptive testing, and the renowned personality researcher, Auke Tellegen. Dr. Reise began his career at the University of California, Riverside in 1990 and subsequently joined the faculty of UCLA in 1998 where he is currently professor, chair of Quantitative Psychology, and co-director of the Advanced Quantitative Methods training program. This training program provides four years of support for 18 graduate students to engage in training in measurement, latent variable modeling, and modern experimental design and analysis methods.
Dr. Reise is an internationally renown teacher in quantitative methods, in particular, the application of item response theory models to personality, psychopathology, and patient reported outcomes. In recognition of his dedication to teaching, Dr. Reise was named "Professor of the Year" in 1995-96 by the graduate students in the psychology department at UC Riverside, and was awarded the 2008 Psychology Department Distinguished teaching award. Most recently, in recognition of his campus-wide and global contributions, Dr. Reise was awarded the University of California campus-wide distinguished teaching award.Research
Dr. Reise has spent the majority of the last twenty years investigating the application of latent variable models in general and item response theory (IRT) models in particular to personality, psychopathology and health outcomes data. In 1998, Dr. Reise was recognized for his work and received the Raymond B. Cattell award for outstanding multivariate experimental psychologist. Dr. Reise has over 70 refereed publications, including, two Annual Review Chapters, two contributions to APA Handbooks, several articles in leading journals such as Psychological Assessment and Psychological Methods, and finally, along with Dr. Susan Embretson, Dr. Reise has the leading textbook on item response theory called "Item Response Theory for Psychologists" (2000 and forthcoming).
Dr. Reise's work on IRT covers a wide range of topics from basic research in assumption testing and model fit assessment, to differential item functioning, computerized adaptive testing, to the development (with Waller) of new IRT models specifically designed for psychopathology data (i.e., the 4-parameter model). Most notably, Dr. Reise has a long standing interest in measuring "person fit" – the degree to which an individual's pattern of response is consistent with an IRT or structural equations model.