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Emilio Ferrer


  • Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, University of Virginia (2003)
  • M.S., Social Psychology of Sports and Physical Activity, University of Oregon (1997)
  • B.A., Sociology, Universidad de Alicante, Spain (1994)
  • B.S., Physical Education, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (1989)


In addition to his academic appointment in Psychology at UC Davis, Emilio Ferrer is a member of the Graduate Group in Biostatistics. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Mind and Brain. His research interests include methods to analyze change and intra-individual variability, in particular latent change models and dynamical systems. He currently serves on the board of Psychological Methods and is a member of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development. He also serves as a member of the Research Review Board of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Professor Ferrer is the co-editor of the book Statistical Methods for Modeling Human Dynamics and author of the upcoming book Dynamics of Dyadic Interactions

Research Focus

Professor Ferrer is interested in methods to analyze change and intra-individual variability, in particular latent growth analysis and linear and nonlinear dynamical systems. His current research in this area involves techniques to model dyadic interactions as well as multivariate processes associated with reasoning and reading achievement from childhood to adolescence. His Dynamics in Psychological Science (DIPS) lab is dedicated to advancing the science of psychology via the synthesis of intra and inter-individual approaches to studying psychological processes. Specifically, he is interested in how intra-individual dynamical information can be retained and used to explain inter-individual differences across a population.

Selected Publications

  • Chow, S. M., Ferrer, E. &  Hsieh, F. (2010). Statistical methods for modeling human dynamics: An interdisciplinary dialogue. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis. 
  • Ferrer, E., & Gonzales, J. E. (in press). Longitudinal models for studying multivariate change and dynamics. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Gonzales, J. E. , &  Ferrer, E. (2014). An introduction to growth curve modeling. Encyclopedia of Adult and Aging.
  • Steele, J., Ferrer, E., &  Nesselroade, J. R. (2014). An idiographic approach to estimating models of dyadic interactions with differential equations. Psychometrika. 10.1007/s11336-013-9366-9. 
  • Helm, J.,  Sbarra, D. A., & Ferrer, E. (2014). Coregulation of respiratory sinus arrhythmia in adult romantic partners. Emotion, 14, 522-531.


Professor Ferrer teaches courses in the area of developmental methodology. He currently teaches Statistical Analysis of Psychological Data, Applied Multivariate Analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis, and Longitudinal Methodology in Developmental Research.


Professor Ferrer has won several awards and grants during his career. He is the latest recipient of the Raymond B. Cattell Research Award for contributions to multivariate psychology. In 2006, he was a visiting scholar at the Universidad de Granada, Spain.  In 2005, he was elected as a member of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology and also won the American Psychological Association’s Division 5 Dissertation Award. In 2002, he won the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology Dissertation Award.


Fellowships available for PhD Students in Quantitative Psychology and in Education