Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Human Development

Uris Hall 242


Felix Thoemmes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology, and is a member of the graduate field of Statistics. Before he came to Cornell, he was a Professor at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, in the Center for Educational Science and Psychology, and an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.

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 just finished a grant by the Institute of Education Sciences to develop a web-based interface for the analysis of regression-discontinuity designs. An R package has been released on CRAN, and a web-based GUI using the Shiny environment was released in 2018.

I continue to publish in methodological and applied journals, including Multivariate Behavioral Research, Psychological Methods, or Structural Equation Modeling. 

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

Recent publications:

Please refer to CV for full list of publications. 


Ratner, K., Mendle, J., Burrow, A. L., & Thoemmes, F. (2019). Depression and derail-
ment: A cyclical model of mental illness and perceived identity change. Clinical Psy-
chological Science, 7(4), 735-753.

Mayer, A., & Thoemmes, F. (2019). Analysis of Variance Models with Stochastic Group
Weights. Multivariate Behavioral Research., 54 (4), 542-554

Thoemmes, F., & Lemmer, G. (2019). Mediation analysis revisited again. Australasian
Marketing Journal, 27 (1), 52-56.


Parker, P., Marsh, H., Thoemmes, F., & Biddle, N. (2019). The Negative Year in School
Effect: Extending Scope and Strengthening Causal Claims Journal of Educational Psy-
chology, 111 (1), 118-130.

I am the outgoing programming chair for the annual APA conference, Division 5. 

I am currently an Associate editor for Multivariate Behavioral Research, and have reviewed for a large number of academic journals.

I teach Quantitative Methods (QM) 1, 2, (and 3) on a regular basis. All courses are cross-listed in 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 try to implement active learning components in all of my classes, and am the faculty lead for an active learning grant in the Psychology department. 


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

Spring 2018: Quantitative methods 2

Fall 2018: Quantitative methods 1

Spring 2019: Quantitative methods 1

Fall 2019: No courses offered

Spring 2020: No courses offered

Fall 2020: Quantitative methods 1, Intro to Data Science

Spring 2021: Quantitative methods 2

Fall 2021: Quantitative methods 1, Quantitative methods 3

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

Undergraduate Education Committee (Psychology)

Graduate Review Committee (Human Development)

Graduate Admissions Committee (Human Development)

Academic Standing Committee (College of Human Ecology)

Diversity Committee (College of Human Ecology)

Twitter: @felixthoemmes

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