Professor, Department of Psychology
At UCD since:2003
Interests: Biological, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, Family, School, Research Methodology
Life Phases: Infancy, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood, Adulthood, Aging
Developmental methodology. In particular, methods to analyze change and intra-individual variability, such as latent growth analysis and linear and nonlinear dynamical systems. Some current research in this area involves techniques to model nonlinear developmental processes and the dynamics of affective processes in dyadic interactions.
Ferrer, E., Hamagami, F., & McArdle, J.J. (2004). Modeling latent growth curves with incomplete data using different types of structural equation modeling and multilevel software. Structural Equation Modeling, 11, 452-483. Ferrer, E., Salthouse, T.A., Stewart, W.F. & Schwartz, B.S. (2004). Modeling age and retest processes in longitudinal studies of cognitive abilities. Psychology and Aging, 19, 243-259. Salthouse, T.A., Schroeder, D.H. & Ferrer, E. (2004). Decomposing longitudinal cognitive change in adults between 18 and 60 years of age. Developmental Psychology, 40, 813-822. Ferrer, E. & McArdle, J.J. (2004). An experimental analysis of dynamic hypotheses about cognitive abilities and achievement from childhood to early adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 40, 935-952. Ferrer, E., Salthouse, T.A., McArdle, J.J., Stewart, W.F. & Schwartz, B.S. (2005). Multivariate modeling of age and practice in longitudinal studies of cognitive abilities. Psychology and Aging, 20, 412-422.