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Heining Cham


Heining Cham

Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology Program
Curriculum Vitae


Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 226G
Phone: 718-817-3881


  • 2008 BS in Psychology, Peking University
  • 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



  • 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)


Recent Research Grants

NIH (R21)                                                                    
Sleep disturbance and inhibitory control as proximal predictors of suicidal ideation and behavior: A daily diary and actigraphy study of young adults (Requested Cost = $447,553)
Andover, M. (PI), Hoyt, L., Cham, H. (Co-I)

NIH (R01)                                                                    
Discrimination and adolescent substance use: Understanding mediating and moderating mechanisms of sleep in the ABCD study
Yip, T. (co-PI), Wang, Y. (co-PI), Alegria, M., Cham, H., (Co-I), Russell, A. (Consultant)

NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)                
Social-environmental predictors of sleep disparities during the transition to college
Yip, T. (PI), Chae, D., Cham, H., El-Sheikh, M. (Co-I), Mcmanus, E. (Consultant)

National Science Foundation                                                    
Mechanisms and consequences of racial sleep disparities in college students (Requested Cost = $940,741)
Yip, T. (PI), Chae, D., Cham, H., El-Sheikh, M. (Co-I), Ong, A. (Consultant)

Fordham University, Interdisciplinary Research Award                             
Sex-specific effects of early-life stress on cocaine addiction vulnerability (Funded = $8,000)
Kundakovic, M. (PI), Cham, H. (Co-I)

NIH/National Institute of Aging (R56 AG065110)                                 
Study of aging Latinas/os for understanding dementia in HIV (SALUD HIV) (Funded = $832,280)
Rivera-Mindt, M. (PI), Byrd, D., Cham, H., Clark, U., Hedden, T., Jacobs, M., Morgello, S.,
Robinson-Papp, J., Weiss, J. (Co-I)

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)

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)   

NIH/National Cancer Institute (R21 CA186932)                                    
Measurement of prognostic understanding in patients with advanced cancer (Funded = $610,410)
Rosenfeld, B. (PI), Applebaum, A., Breitbart, W., Pessin, H., Glare, P., Cham, H. (Co-I)

Recent Publications

Aytürk, E.*, & Cham, H., Brown, J. L., & Jennings, P. A (in press). Exploring the performance of latent moderated structural equations approach for ordered-categorical items. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal.

Yazdani, N.*, Siedlecki, K. L., Cao, Z.*, & Cham, H. (in press). Longitudinal impact of sociocultural factors and parent beliefs on parent-teacher relationship strength. The Elementary School Journal.

Aytürk, E.*, Cham, H., Jennings, P. A., & Brown, J. L. (2020). Latent variable interactions with ordered-categorical indicators: Comparisons of unconstrained product indicator and latent moderated structural equations approaches. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 80, 262-292.

Saracino, R. M., Aytürk, E.*, Cham, H., Rosenfeld, B., Feuerstahler, L. M., & Nelson, C. J. (2020). Are we accurately evaluating depression in patients with cancer? Psychological Assessment, 32, 98-107.

Saracino, R. M., Cham, H., Rosenfeld, B., & Nelson, C. (2020). 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, 36, 229-236.

Saracino, R. M., Cham, H., Rosenfeld, B., & Nelson, C. (2020). Latent profile analyses of depressive symptoms in younger and older oncology patients. Assessment, 27, 1383-1398.

Yip, T., Cham, H., Wang, Y., & El-Sheikh, M. (2020). Discrimination and sleep mediate ethnic/racial identity and adolescent adjustment: Uncovering change processes with slope-as-mediator mediation. Child Development, 91, 1021-1043.

Yip, T., Cheon, Y. M., Wang, Y., Cham, H., Warren, T., & El-Sheikh, M. (2020). Racial disparities in sleep: Associations with discrimination among ethnic/racial minority adolescents. Child Development, 91, 914-931.

Jung, S., Cham, H., Siedlecki, K. L., & Jopp, D. S. (2019). Measurement invariance and developmental trajectories of multidimensional self-perceptions of aging in middle-aged and older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Series B. Advanced online publication.

Jaric, I.*, Rocks, D.*, Cham, H., Herchek, A.*, & Kundakovic, M. (2019). Sex and estrous cycle effects on anxiety- and depression-related phenotypes in two-hit developmental stress model. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.

Wang, Y., Cham, H., Aladin, M.*, & Yip, T. (2019). Parental cultural socialization and adolescent private regard: Exploring mediating pathways through daily experiences. Child Development, 90, e19-e36.

* Publication was joint-authored with students.

Recent Presentations and Symposia

Cao, Z.* & Cham, H. (2020, June). Effect size measure for mediation analysis with multicategorical predictor. Poster going to be presented at 2020 Modern Modeling Methods (M3) Conference, Storrs, CT. (Conference canceled)

Zhu, D.*, Cham, H., Hariprasad, J.*, & Fordham Arts and Science Council Faculty Evaluation Committee (2020, June-September). A meta-analysis of instructor gender and race differences on student evaluation of teaching. Poster presented at 32nd Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention – Virtual Poster Showcase.

Cheon, Y. M., Feng, Y.*, Cham, H., & Yip, T. (2019, March). Testing measurement invariance of Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) and Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity (MIBI): Across race and time in high school and college students. Paper presented at 2019 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

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]


* Joint-authored with students.

Academic Awards & Honors

  • 2019 - Best abstract award for the poster titled “Substitutive Depression Criteria in Oncology Outperforms DSM Criteria using IRT Analyses” and presented at 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington DC (co-authored with Saracino, R. M., Aytürk, E., Rosenfeld, B., and Nelson, C. J [third author]), SBM Multi-Morbidities Special Interest Group.

  • 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