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Heining Cham


Heining Cham

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Curriculum Vitae


Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 320
Phone: 718-817-3881


  • 2008 BA in Psychology, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • 2010 MA in Psychology, Arizona State University
  • 2013 PhD in Psychology (Quantitative Research Methods), Arizona State University

Major Research Interests

  • Propensity Score Analysis
  • Latent Variable Interaction
  • Missing Data Analysis
  • Longitudinal Analysis



  • PSYC 2000 - Statistics (with Lab)
  • PSYC 2010 - Research Methods (with Lab)



  • PSYC 6802 - Introduction to Psychological Statistics (with Lab)
  • PSYC 7811 - Missing Data Analysis
  • PSYC 7830 - Structural Equation Modeling
  • PSYC 7850 - Hierarchical Linear Modeling (Multilevel Modeling)
  • PSYC 8999 - Statistical Learning and Data Mining (Tutorial)


Research Grants

1. NIH/National Institute of Mental Health (R15 MH115356)
Examining adolescent outcomes of severe temper outbursts in childhood (Funded = $460,970)
Roy, A. (PI), Hoyt, L., Castellanos, F. X., Cham, H. (Co-I)

2. NIH/National Institute of Aging (R21 AG054668)
Aging together: Relationship dynamics between the very old and their old children (Funded = $419,855)
Boerner, K. (PI), Jopp, D. S. (Co-I), Rook, K., Kim, K., Cham, H. (Consultant)

3. NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (F31 MD011582)
The longitudinal effects of hypertension on cognitive aging in underrepresented minority adults with HIV (Funded = $87,098)
Guzman, V. A. (PI), Rivera-Mindt, M. G. (Sponsor), Byrd, D. A., Cham, H. (Co-sponsor)

4. Swiss National Science Foundation/NCCR LIVES (Switzerland)
Aging together: Relationship quality, antecedents and consequences of very old parent and advanced age children dyads (Funded = 15,400 Swiss Francs)
Jopp, D. S., (PI), Boerner, K., (Co-I), Cham, H. (Consultant)

5. NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R21 MD011388)
The effects of discrimination and sleep disturbance on health among Asian youth (Funded = $450,286)
Yip, T. (PI), Warren T., El Sheikh, M., Cham, H. (Co-I)    

6. NIH/National Cancer Institute (R21 CA186932)
Measurement of prognostic understanding in patients with advanced cancer (Funded = $460,410)
Rosenfeld, B. (PI), Applebaum, A., Breitbart, W., Pessin, H., Glare, P., Cham, H. (Co-I)

7. IES/National Center for Education Research (R30 5A120180)
Improving classroom learning environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE): A cluster randomized controlled efficacy trial (Funded = $3,435,882)
Jennings, P. A. (PI), Greenberg, M. (Co-PI), Brown, J., Frank, J., Oh, Y. (Co-I), Cham, H. (Analyst)

8. Foundation Leenaards (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Reaching very old age together: Study on the nature and the implications of the relationship between a very old parent and their advanced age children (Funded = 50,000 Swiss Francs)
Jopp, D. S., (PI), Boerner, K., Darwiche, J., Spini, D. (Co-I), Cham, H. (Consultant)

9. Peking University (Beijing, China)
President's Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Funded Amount = RMB3000)
Cham, H. (PI)

10. Peking University (Beijing, China)
14th “Challenging Cup” Scientific Research Competition Grant (Funded Amount = RMB500)
Zhang, Y. (PI), Cham, H. (Co-I)


Recent Publications

Saracino, R. M., Cham, H., Rosenfeld, B., & Nelson, C. (2018). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale in oncology with examination of invariance between younger and older patients. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. Advanced online publication.

Saracino, R. M., Cham, H., Rosenfeld, B., & Nelson, C. (2018). Latent profile analyses of depressive symptoms in younger and older oncology patients.Assessment. Advanced online publication.

West, S. G., Liu, Y., & Cham, H. (2018). Causation. In M. H. Bornstein, M. E. Arterberry, K. L. Fingerman, & J. E. Lansford (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cham, H., Reshetnyak, E.*, Rosenfeld, B., & Breitbart, W. (2017). Full information maximum likelihood estimation for latent variable interactions with incomplete indicators. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 51, 12-30.

Jennings, P. A., Brown, J. L., Frank, J. L., Doyle, S., Oh, Y., Tanler, R., Rasheed, D., DeWeese, A., DeMauro, A. A., Cham, H., & Greenberg, M. T. (2017). Impacts of the CARE for Teachers Program on teachers’ social and emotional competence and classroom interactions. Journal of Educational Psychology. Advanced online publication. 

Wang, Y., Cham, H., Aladin, M.*, & Yip, T. (2017). Parental cultural socialization and adolescent private regard: Exploring mediating pathways through daily experiences. Child Development. Advanced online publication. 

Chabot, D. R., & Cham, H. (2016). Development of Pursuer-Distancer Movement Scale - Short Form (PDMS-SF). Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science, 4(2), 80-88. 

Cham, H., & West, S. G. (2016). Propensity score analysis with missing data. Psychological Methods, 21, 427-445. 

Hoyt, L. T., Ehrlich, K. B., Cham, H., & Adam, E. K. (2016). Balancing scientific accuracy and participant burden: Testing the impact of sampling intensity on diurnal cortisol indices. Stress, 19, 476-485. 

Reshetnyak, E.*, Cham, H., & Hughes, J. N. (2016). Using marginal structural modeling for grade retention effects. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 51, 871-876. 

Sandler, I., Tein, J-Y., Cham, H., Wolchik, S., & Ayers, T. (2016). Long-term effects of the Family Bereavement Program on spousally bereaved parents: Grief, mental health problems, alcohol problems, and coping efficacy. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 801-818. 

Cham, H., Hughes, J. N., West, S. G., & Im, M. H. (2015). Effect of retention in elementary grades on grade 9 motivation for educational attainment. Journal of School Psychology, 53, 7-24. 

Fan, Y. *, & Cham, H. (2015). Psychometrics in the People’s Republic of China: The past and the present. International Psychological Bulletin, 19(2), 44-46. 

Hughes, J. N., Im, M. H., Kwok, O-M., Cham, H., & West, S. G. (2015). Latino students’ transition to middle school: Role of bilingual education and school ethnic context. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 443-458. 

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

* Publication was joint-authored with students.

Recent Presentations and Symposia

Saracino, R. M., Aytürk, E.*, Cham, H., Rosenfeld, B., & Nelson, C. J. (2019, March). Substitutive depression criteria in oncology outperforms DSM criteria using IRT analyses. Paper going to be presented at 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington DC.

Jung. S., Cham, H., Siedlecki, K. L., &. Jopp, D. S. (2018, November). Effects of multidimensional self-perceptions of aging on longevity. Poster presented at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Aytürk, E.*, & Cham, H. (2018, May). Performance of the LMS procedure in estimating latent interaction models with ordered-categorical indicators.Paper presented at 2018 Modern Modeling Methods (M3) Conference, Storrs, CT.

Cham, H. (2018, February). Above and beyond paired t test and repeated measures ANOVA: What else can we do with longitudinal data?. Paper presented at Brown Bag Seminar, Department of Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. [invited talk]

West, S. G., Hughes, J. N., Wu, W., Cham, H., & Kim, H. J. (2017, October).The effect of retention in grade on children’s achievement and early adult life outcomes: A methodological retrospective on a 14-year prospective study. Paper presented at 2017 Society of Multivariate Experimental PsychologyConference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ayturk, E.*, & Cham, H. (2017, April). Estimating latent variable interactions with non-normal and Likert-type variables. Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), San Antonio, Texas.

Brown, J. L., Jennings, P. A., Rasheed, D. S., Cham, H., Doyle, S. L., Frank, J. L, DeWeese, A. R., & Greenberg, M. T. (2017, April). Associations between teacher stress and well-being and children’s academic and social skills during middle childhood. Paper presented at the 2017 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas.

Jung. S. *, Siedlecki, K. L., & Cham, H. (2016, November). Developmental trajectories of multidimensional self-perceptions of aging. Poster to be presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.

Cham, H., & Hurley, L. * (2016, August). Comparisons of different multiple imputation procedures via recursive partitioning. Paper presented at 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Tein, J-Y., & Cham, H. (2016, July). Four alternative methods of growth modeling to examine longitudinal intervention effects. Paper presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP2016), Yokohama, Japan.

Cham, H., Hurley, L. *, & Teng, Y. * (2016, May). Optimizing random forests propensity scores. Paper presented at 2016 Modern Modeling Methods (M3) Conference, Storrs, CT.

Reshetnyak, E. *, & Cham, H. (2016, May). Estimating latent variable interactions with incomplete exogenous indicators via cart in mice using unconstrained product indicator approach. Paper presented at 2016 Modern Modeling Methods (M3) Conference, Storrs, CT.

Cham, H., & Reshetnyak, E. * (2016, May). Resolving non-normality and missing at random items in latent variable interactions: Multiple imputation using regression tree in unconstrained product indicator approach. Paper presented at 2016 Spring Brown Bag Seminar, Department of Human Development, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY. [invited talk]

Brown, J. L., Jennings, P. A., Rasheed, D. S., Cham, H., Doyle, S. L., …, Greenberg, M. T. (2016, April). Direct and moderating impacts of the CARE for teachers intervention on student academic outcomes. Paper presented at 2016 AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Smith, N. *, Cham, H., Brown, J. (2016, March). Parent home and school involvement trajectories and youth classroom engagement across two school transitions. Paper presented at 2016 Society for research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

* Joint-authored with students.

Academic Awards & Honors

  • 2017 - 2017 APS Rising Star designation to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research careers post-PhD, Association for Psychological Science

  • 2017 - Workshop Award, Q-Center Methodological Workshop, for the workshop “Design and Analysis of Practical Quasi-Experiments Workshop” (supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES))

  • 2015 - Prix Leenaards “Qualité de vie des personnes âgées”, Foundation Lennaards (Lausanne, Switzerland), for innovative exploratory research projects on quality of life in older adults.
  • 2012 - Student Conference Travel Award, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, for the conference “2012 Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology Student Pre-Conference”
  • 2012 - Workshop Travel Award, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, for the workshop “Exploratory Data Mining in Behavioral Research”
  • 2011 - Graduate & Professional Student Association Travel Grant, Arizona State University, for the conference “The 76th Annual and the 17th International Meeting of the Psychometric Society”
  • 2010 - Student Conference Travel Award, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, for the conference “Current Topics in the Theory and Application of Latent Variable Models: A Conference Honoring the Scientific Contributions of Michael W. Browne”
  • 2010 - APA Advanced Training Institute Travel Grant, for the workshop “Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research”
  • 2010 - Workshop Travel Award, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, for the workshop “Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research”
  • 2004-2008 - China Resources (Holdings) Co. Ltd. Scholarship
  • 2007 - Scholarship for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Overseas Chinese Students, Peking University
  • 2006 - Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, Peking University
  • 2006 - 1st Honor Award, 14th “Challenging Cup” Scientific Research Competition, Peking University