Objective Measurement of Subjective Phenomena

11. Author Biography

Keith F. Widaman, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Davis. A faculty member at UC Davis since 1999, he is also the immediate past Chair of the department. Widaman previously was a member of the faculty for 19 years at the University of California at Riverside (1980-1999). He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the Ohio State University, with major emphasis in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Quantitative Psychology. He has extensive experience in the use of multivariate linear models, including regression analysis, factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and the modeling of longitudinal data. His substantive program of research focuses on family, economic, cultural, and other influences on child development and the structure and development of mental abilities and everyday skills and abilities in both representative and developmentally disabled populations. He has published extensively in methods-oriented journals such as Psychological Methods, Multivariate Behavioral Research, and Applied Psychological Measurement, and in substantive journals such as Developmental Psychology, the American Journal on Mental Retardation, Child Development, and Intelligence.

Widaman has served on the Editorial Boards of many journals, including Psychological Methods, Multivariate Behavioral Research, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Intelligence, and Structural Equation Modeling. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 5, 7, and 33) and the Association for Psychological Science. He received the 1992 Raymond B. Cattell Award for early career contributions to multivariate psychology from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), has twice received the Tanaka Award for best article in SMEP’s journal Multivariate Behavioral Research, and is a Past President of the society. He was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Disability Determination in Mental Retardation (2000-2002), which produced a monograph advising the US Social Security Administration on structuring diagnostic practices regarding mental retardation, and he wrote the chapter on adaptive behavior in the American Psychological Association Manual of Diagnosis and Professional Practice in Mental Retardation. Widaman is a member of a working group that is developing a new Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale under the aegis of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He is also an advisor to the Developmental Disabilities Work Group responsible for developing diagnostic guidelines for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – V (DSM-V) of the American Psychiatric Association. During the late 1990’s, he was Chair of the University of California systemwide Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, which sets standards for eligibility for admission to the University of California system.