Stephen Short, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Address: 65 Coming Street, Office 104
Phone: 843.642.8439
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University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Ph.D., 2014; Quantitative Psychology

Research Interests

My expertise in quantitative psychology includes interests in psychometrics and scale development, as well as in structural equation modeling (SEM), factor analysis, multilevel (i.e., hierarchical linear) modeling, and longitudinal data analysis. My research agenda focuses on two primary goals: First, I seek to develop, evaluate, and promote best practices in research methods and statistics, applying  advanced quantitative techniques to data that I have collected in my own research as well as to data on which I have collaborated with colleagues from across several other disciplines (e.g., clinical, developmental, and social psychology). Second, I examine individuals’ attitudes toward and knowledge of science and evaluate science education. Currently, students from my research lab and I  examine predictors of attitudes toward  climate change, and I test new methods that may increase acceptance of climate change and engagement in pro-environmental behaviors.

Courses Taught

Psychological Statistics
Psychological Statistics & Research Methods (combined 6-credit course)
Advanced Psychological Statistics
Tests and Measurements
First Year Experience (FYE): Evolution for Everyone!
First Year Experience (FYE): Solvable: Scientific Solutions for the Past, Present, and Future


(* indicates student author)

Robertson, S. M. C., Short, S. D., McSween, D.*, Medlen, S.*, & Schneider, K*. (2022). Randomized controlled trial assessing the efficacy of expressive writing in reducing symptoms of anxiety: Wait-List control design. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 41, 54-78.

Reid, C. A., Green, J. D., Short, S. D., Willis, K. D., Moloney, J. M., Collison, E. A., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Gramling, S. (2021). The past as a resource for the bereaved: Nostalgia predicts declines in distress. Cognition and Emotion, 35, 256-268.

Robertson, S. M. C., Short, S. D., Sawyer, L.*, & Sweazy, S.* (2021). Expressive writing as a mechanism for reducing anxiety in first-year college students: The role of writing quality. Psychology and Health, 36, 1041-1065.

Short, S. D., Lastrapes, K.A.*, Natale, N. E.*, & McBrady, E. E*. (2019). Rational engagement buffers the effect of conservatism on one’s reported relevance of the theory of evolution. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/tea.21559

Robertson, S. M. C., Short, S. D., Asper, A*., Venezia, K.*, Yetman, C.*, Connelly, M.*, & Trumbull, J.* (2019). The effect of expressive writing on symptoms of depression in college students: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 38, 427-450.

Jorgensen, T. D., Kite, B. A., Chen, P.-Y., & Short, S. D. (2018). Permutation randomization methods for testing measurement equivalence and detecting differential item functioning in multiple-group confirmatory factor analysis. Psychological Methods, 23, 708–728.

Schoemann, A. M., Boulton, A. J., & Short, S. D. (2017). Determining power and sample size for simple and complex mediation models. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 8, 379-386.

Sakaluk, J. K., & Short, S. D. (2017). A methodological review of exploratory factor analysis in sexuality research: Used practices, best practices, and data analysis resources. Journal of Sex Research, 54, 1-9.

Ross, L. T., Short, S. D., & Garofano, M.* (2016). The Scale of Unpredictability Beliefs:  Reliability and validity.  Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 150, 976-1003.

Ross, L. T., Hood, C. O.*, & Short, S. D. (2016). Unpredictability and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 35, 371-385.

Campione-Barr, N., Lindell, A. K., Short, S. D., Basset-Greer, K., & Drotar, S. D. (2015).  First- and second-born adolescents’ behavioral autonomy throughout adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 45, 250-262.

Ross, T. P., Ross, L T., Short, S. D., & Cataldo, S.* (2015). The multidimensional health locus of control scale: Psychometric properties and form equivalence. Psychological Reports, 116, 889-913.

Short, S. D., & Hawley, P. H. (2015). The effects of evolution education: Examining attitudes toward and knowledge of evolution in college courses. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 67-88.