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John McArdle

Professor of Psychology and Gerontology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2276
Office: SGM 713

Curriculum Vitae
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Ph.D. , Hofstra University, 1977

Postdoctoral Training

Assistant Research Professor, University of Denver, 1980-1983  
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Geneva, Spring 1981   
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Denver, 1977-1979  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My primary focus in research is on the measurement of broad cognitive and personality changes associated with aging. My methodological work includes development of methods for analyzing longitudinal data, including factor analysis, growth curve analysis, and dynamic modeling, as well as methods to handle non-random attrition and incomplete data. I have also conducted work on new methods for item response analysis, including extension of the principles of adaptive testing. I am the director of the Unified Studies of Cognition(CogUSC) Laboratory, a collection of longitudinal studies of cognitive changes over the adult portion of the life span. I am a Co-PI on the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and am the Principal Investigator for the “Assessing and Improving Cognitive Measures in the HRS” which is funded by an NIA MERIT award.

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Assessing and Improving Cognitive Measures in the HRS - MERIT Extension (National Institute on Aging (NIA)), John J. McArdle, $5,732,533, 05/01/2011-04/30/2016  
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