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.

 I also teach HD 2830, Research Methods, typically every other year, alternating with Prof. Marianella Casasola. 


Current Professional Activities:

Reviewer activity:

Psychological Methods

Multivariate Behavioral Research 


Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics

Journal of Educational Psychology

Journal of School Psychology

Journal of Clinical Psychology

Prevention Science

Health Psychology


Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment

American Journal of Evaluation

Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology


European Journal of Psychology of Education

International Journal of Behavioral Development

The American Journal of Cardiology

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 am currently working with Peter Steiner, University of Wisconsin-Madison on this topic. I have also written an SPSS program that performs propensity score matching which can be downloaded at https://sourceforge.net/p/psmspss/home/Home/
I am under contract to write a book on applied propensity score analysis in which this software is also going to be presented. The anticipated publication date of the book is sometime in 2016. 

I am also interested in missing data and the selection of auxiliary variables.

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, Quantitative methods 3


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Selected Publications:

Publications from 2012 onward.

Please see CV for a complete list of publications. 

Thoemmes, F., & Ong, A. (in press). A primer on inverse-probability-of-treatment weighting and marginal structural models. Journal of Early Adolescence.


Kang, C., Thoemmes, F., & Lust, B. (in press). Effects of SES on Executive Attention in Malay–English bilingual children in Singapore. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.


Thoemmes, F., & Mohan, K. (in press). Graphical representation of missing data problems. Structural Equation Modeling: An Interdisciplinary Journal.


Thoemmes, F. (in press). Empirical tests of directional dependence. International Journal of Behavioral Development.


Thoemmes, F. (2015). M-bias, butterfly-bias, and embedded butterfly-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 Psychology, 37 (4), 226-234.


West, S. G., Cham, H., & Thoemmes, F. (2015). Propensity score analysis. In R. L. Cautin & S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical psychology. New York, NY: Wiley. doi:10.1002/9781118625392.wbecp505.


Parker, P., Thoemmes, F., & Salmena-Aro, K. (2015). I wish I had (not) taken a gap-year? The psychological and attainment outcomes of different post-school pathways. Developmental Psychology, 51, 323-333.


West, S.G., & Thoemmes, F. (2014). Campbell’s and Rubin’s perspectives on causal Inference. In H. T. Reis (Ed.), Methodological Innovations in Social Psychology. SAGE: Los Angeles.


Braver, S., Thoemmes, F., & Rosenthal, B. (2014). Cumulative meta-analysis and replicability. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9(3), 333-342.


Thoemmes, F., & Rose, N. (2014). A cautious note on auxiliary variables that can increase bias in missing data problems. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 49 (5), 443-459.


Mayer, A., Thoemmes, F., Rose, N., Steyer, R., & West, S.G. (2014). Theory and analysis of total, direct, and indirect causal effects. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 49 (5), 425-442.


West, S., Cham, H., Thoemmes, F., Renneberg, B., Weiler, M., Schulze, J. (2014). Propensity scores for equating groups: Basic principles and application in clinical treatment outcome research. Journal of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, 82 (5), 906-915.


Jonkmann, K., Thoemmes, F., Lüdtke, O., & Trautwein, U. (2014). Personality trait development in young adulthood: The role of living arrangements. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 683-698.


Tofighi, D., & Thoemmes, F. (2014). Single-level and multilevel mediation analysis. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 34(1), 93-119.


Mabry, L., Elliot, D.L., Kuehl, K.S., Kuehl, H., Moe, E.L., Goldberg, L., DeFrancesco, C.A., MacKinnon, D.P., Favorite, K.C., & Thoemmes, F. (2014). Adult health education in the workplace:  The adoption, benefits, and durability of PHLAME. Proceedings of the Ireland International Conference on Education, Dublin, IR.


Steiner, P. M., Kim, J.-S., & Thoemmes, F. (2013). Matching strategies for observational multilevel data. In JSM Proceedings. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association. 5020-5032.


Mabry, L., Elliot, D., MacKinnon, D., Thoemmes, F., & Kuehl, K. (2013). Understanding the durability of a fire department wellness program. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37 (5), 693-702.


Zettler, I., Kramer, J., Thoemmes, F., Nagy, G., & Trautwein, U. (2013). Different types of universities and early career success: An exploratory investigation. (Welchen Einfluss hat der Besuch unterschiedlicher Hochschultypen auf den frühen beruflichen Erfolg? Eine explorative Untersuchung). Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, 27 (1), 51-62.


Kramer, J., Zettler, I., Thoemmes, F., Nagy, G., & Trautwein, U. (2012). Do different types of universities constitute differential developmental milieus? A propensity score analysis of the effects of university attendance. (Stellen Hochschultypen differentielle Entwicklunsmilieus dar? Eine Propensity-Score-Analyse zu den Effekten des Hochschulbesuchs). Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, 15(4), 847-874.


Finan, P., Tennen, H., Thoemmes, F., Zautra, A., & Davis, M. (2012). Ambulatory monitoring in the genetics of psychosomatic medicine. Psychsomatic Medicine, 74(4), 349-355.



Jackson, J., Thoemmes, F., Jonkmann, K., Lüdtke, O., & Trautwein, U. (2012). Military training and personality trait development: Does the military make the man or does the man make the military? Psychological Science, 23(3), 270-277. 

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.