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Steven M. Boker

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
020 Gilmer Hall; 115 Millmont
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Dr. Boker's research interests include the application of dynamical systems analytic techniques to psychological and physiological data. His contributions include methods for examining change in multivariate mixed cross-sectional and longitudinal data include the Statistical Vector Field method, Differential Structural Equation Modeling using local linear approximation of derivatives, and the Latent Differential Equations method for fitting differential equations models to multivariate multiple occasion data. He is currently pursuing research into methods for estimating models for nonstationary data -- data for which model parameters or model structures change over time.

Dr. Boker's current NSF sponsored project is through the Human and Social Dynamics program. In collaboration with Jeffrey Cohn at University of Pittsburgh and Simon Baker in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, he is studying the coordination of gestures and facial expressions during dyadic conversation over a video phone. Dr. Boker's lab uses state of the art computerized technology to test cognitive theories of interpersonal coordination and perception-action coupling during conversation, dance, and imitation learning tasks. His awards include the Raymond B. Cattell Award for distinguished early career contributions to multivariate psychology and the Tanaka award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology.

Contract with World Health Organizaton
Source: World Health Organization
April 27, 2020 – December 15, 2020
AS-PSYC Psychometric and Genetic Assessments of Substance Use
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
March 15, 2015 – January 31, 2020
AS-PSYC Nonverbal synchrony as a behavioral marker of patient and physician racial attitudes and predictor of outcomes of clinical interactions
Source: Wayne State University
August 11, 2017 – April 30, 2019
A Twin Study of Ovarian Hormones & Disordered Eating
Source: Michigan State University
July 01, 2009 – June 30, 2014
Mapping Affect and Facial Dynamics during Dyadic Conversation
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
October 01, 2010 – September 30, 2013
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
PSYC 7407: Contemporary Issues: Quantitative Psychology
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 7507: Contemporary Issues: Quantitative Psychology
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 7760: Introduction to Applied Multivariate Methods
Credits: 3
Introduces major statistical methods used for the data analysis of multiple measures. Includes elementary matrix algebra, multivariate regression (canonical correlation; multivariate analysis of variance and covariance; and discriminant analysis and classification), correlational methods (principal components and exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis), and the analysis of multivariate contingency tables using log-linear models. Emphasizes concepts, issues, and examples over mathematical derivations. Prerequisite: PSYC 7710-7720 or equivalent.
PSYC 8735: Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling
Credits: 3
Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling provides an introduction to statistical modeling with latent variables and multivariate outcomes. Path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, multivariate regression, growth curves, and longitudinal mediation and moderation will be covered using the free open source OpenMx software running in R.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.