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Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Harlow!


Professor Harlow joined the URI Department of Psychology in 1985 after receiving her PhD from UCLA in measurement and psychometrics. Her research regularly appears in the top journals in her field including Structural Equation Modeling Journal, Health Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. In all, Professor Harlow has published 5 books and 70 refereed scholarly publications. She has written two extremely influential books in the field of multivariate methods in psychology. Her 2005 book entitled The essence of multivariate thinking: Basic themes and methods, and her 1997 book, What if there were no significance tests? have helped to define the discourse in multivariate psychology. She has recently completed work on a co-edited volume of the Dictionary of Statistics and Research methodology in psychology (published by the American Psychological Association) which will have a strong and lasting effect on the development of the field of quantitative methods in psychology. Professor Harlow has strongly advanced her field through editorial work. She has served as the founding editor of the Multivariate Applications Book Series that has published 20 books (with Erlbaum and Routledge) from 1995 to the present: Routledge Multivariate Application Series . This is an extremely prestigious book series that has done much to shape the field of multivariate statistics. In addition, Professor Harlow serves as Associate Editor to Psychological Methods, an important journal published by the American Psychological Association (2007-present); and completed a term as Associate Editor for the journal Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal (2000-2006).

Professor Harlow has received the recognition of her peers through leadership of the top professional organization in her field through election as president in 2005 of the American Psychological Association Division (5) of Evaluation, Measurement, Statistics, and Assessment. Furthermore, she is currently serving as Past President of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), the most prestigious professional organization in her area.

A highly significant contribution to the field is Professor Harlow's work as co-Director of the Quantitative Training for Underrepresented Groups (QTUG) program through her work on SMEP. She has obtained substantial funding for this program that provides quantitative training for underrepresented minorities. She is PI of a grant for $273,361 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (2008-2012) and has served as PI or co-PI on grants from the Society of Multivariate Experimental (2004-present), and the American Psychological Association (2004-present) to fund this program. The organizational work required to sustain funding and organize 4 annual conferences during the past four years is substantial. Through this program, quantitative training has been offered to over 250 individuals from underrepresented groups involving 69% African Americans, 19%Hispanic Americans, 4% Asian Americans, 4% Mixed/Other Ethnicity, 2% Native Americans, and 2% Disabled. Again this year, Professor Harlow is organizing another QTUG conference that will enable over 40 individuals from underrepresented groups to participate in multivariate statistical studies.

Professor Harlow has also served as the co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE award (Advancing Women in the Sciences) that brought $3.5 million to URI to recruit and retain 10 women faculty in the sciences during 2003-2009. She has also collaborated with international researchers in Australia and Europe to investigate and understand the nature and extent of multivariate statistical inference in major journals in the US and abroad.

Professor Harlow has furthermore facilitated the research careers of many graduate students at the University of Rhode Island. She has served as major professor to 33 graduate students in her career, many of whom have been the recipients of awards for their doctoral work. She has served on the doctoral dissertation committees of an additional 40 graduate students here at URI.

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Lisa Harlow!