Felix Thoemmes


Felix Thoemmes

Assistant Professor
G62A, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: (607) 254-6411 Fax: (607) 255-9856
Email: fjt36@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Before Felix Thoemmes arrived at Cornell University in the Department of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology he was an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. He also spent two years as a Visiting Professor at the University of Jena, Germany, in the Psychology Department, and the University of Tuebingen, Germany, in the Center for Educational Science and Psychology.

Teaching and Advising Statement:

I offer Quantiative Methods (QM) 1, 2, and 3 on a regular basis. All courses are cross-listed between Human Development and Psychology, and are open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. QM1 is a course on the analysis of randomized studies (mostly ANOVA designs), QM2 focuses on the analysis of non-randomized studies (mostly regression), and QM3 covers a mix of more advanced statistical methods.


Current Professional Activities:

Review activity:

American Journal of Cardiology
American Journal of Evaluation
Educational and Psychological Measurement
European Journal of Psychology of Education
Frontiers in Qantitative Psychology
Health Psychology
International Journal of Behavioral Development
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics
Journal of Educational Psychology 
Journal of Experimental Psychology
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Journal of Research on Educational E?ectiveness
Journal of School Psychology
Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology
Learning and Instruction
Multivariate Behavioral Research
Prevention Science
Psychological Methods
Political Psychology
Social Science Research
Society and Mental Health
SRCD Methodological Conference


Current Research Activities:

Broadly speaking, I work on topics of quantitative methods and design for the social sciences. In particular, I am interested in causal inference, both model-based and design-based. 

I have done work on the use of propensity scores with clustered data and have written an SPSS program that performs propensity score matching which can be downloaded at https://sourceforge.net/p/psmspss/home/Home/

I am currently funded by the Institute of Education Sciences to develop a web-based interface for the analysis of regression-discontinuity designs. A beta version will be released in 2017. 

I am also under contract to write a book on applied propensity score analysis in which my software is going to be presented. The anticipated publication date of the book is sometime in 2017. 

Finally, I work on collaborative projects with applied colleagues that span different areas of developmental psychology and education. 


Pre-Diploma in Psychology at University of Landau, Germany

Fulbright Scholar, M.A., Experimental Psychology, Indiana State University

Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, Arizona State University

Courses Taught:

Courses Taught:

Spring 2012:  no courses offered

Fall 2012:       Quantitative methods 1

Spring 2013:  Quantitative methods 2

Fall 2013:       Quantitative methods 1, Quantitative methods 3

Spring 2014:  Quantitative methods 2

Fall 2014: Quantitative methods 1, Research Methods

Spring 2015: Quantitative methods 2

Fall 2015: Quantitative methods 1

Spring 2016: Quantitative methods 2

Fall 2016: Quantitative methods 1

Spring 2017: Quantitative methods 2

Fall 2017: Quantitative methods 1


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Selected Publications:

Publications of the last two years. Please see CV for a complete list of publications. 

Moore, S., & Thoemmes, F. (in press). What is the Biological Reality of G x E Estimates? An Assessment of Bias in Developmental Models. Journal of Child Psycology
and Psyciatry.

Kang, C., Thoemmes, F., & Lust, B. (in press). E?ects of SES on Executive Atention in
Malay–English bilingual children in Singapore. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
Thoemmes, F., & Ong, A. (2016). A primer on inverse-probability-of-treatment weighting and marginal structural models. Emerging Adulthood, 4 (1), 40-59.

Thoemmes, F., & Mohan, K. (2015). Graphical representation of missing data problems.
Structural Equation Modeling: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22 (4), 631-642.

Parker, P., Thoemmes, F., & Salmena-Aro, K. (2015). I wish I had (not) taken a gapyear? Te psychological and atainment outcomes of di?erent post-school pathways.
Developmental Psycology, 51, 323-333.

Thoemmes, F. (2015). Empirical tests of directional dependence. International Journal
of Behavioral Development, 39 (6), 560-569.

Thoemmes, F. (2015). M-bias, buter?y-bias, and embedded buter?y-bias: A comment
on Ding and Miratrix. Journal of Causal Inference, 3 (2), 253-258.

Thoemmes, F. (2015). Reversing arrows in mediation models does not distinguish plausible models. Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psycology, 37 (4), 226-234.  

Selected Keywords:
Quantitative Methods Causal Inference Missing Data Propensity scores Structural equation modeling

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.