Department of Psychology
The University of Houston
126 Heyne Building
Houston, TX 77204-5522
(713) 743-8500

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Lynne Steinberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Social Psychology
Ph.D., University of Kansas
B.A., Clark University

Heyne Building, Room 207B

Research Interests

  • Applications of the psychometric methods of item response theory to personality and social psychological measurement issues
  • Processes underlying responses to self-report questions
  • Context effects in personality measurement
  • Development and validation of new instruments for personality, social, and clinical research


  • Applied Psychological Measurement (graduate)
  • Statistics for Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Advanced Seminar in Psychological Research (undergraduate)

Selected Publications

Cambron, M. J., Acitelli, L. K., & Steinberg, L. (2010). When friends make you blue: The role of friendship contingent self-esteem in predicting self-esteem and depressive symptoms. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(3), 384-397.

Thissen, D., & Steinberg, L. (2010). Using item response theory to disentangle constructs at different levels of generality. In Embretson, S. E. (Ed.). Measuring psychological constructs: Advances in model-based approaches. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Books.

Thissen, D. & Steinberg, L. (2009). Item response theory. In R. Millsap & A. Maydeu-Olivares (Eds.), Handbook of quantitative methods in psychology. London: Sage Publications.

Steinberg, L., & Thissen, D. (2006). Using effect sizes for research reporting: Examples using item response theory to analyze differential item functioning. Psychological Methods, 11, 402-515.

Thissen, D., Steinberg, L., & Kuang, D. (2002). Quick and easy implementation of the Benjamini-Hochberg procedure for controlling the false discovery rate in multiple comparisons. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 27, 77-83. Steinberg, L. (2001). The consequences of pairing questions: Context effects in personality measurement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 332-342.

Steinberg, L., Thissen, D., & Wainer, H. (2000). Validity. In H. Wainer, N. Dorans, R., Flaugher, D. Eignor, B. Green, R. Mislevy, L. Steinberg, & D. Thissen, Computerized adaptive testing: A primer. (Second Edition) Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Steinberg, L., & Jorgensen, R. (1996). Assessing the MMPI-based Cook-Medley Hostility scale: The implications of dimensionality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 1281-1287.

Steinberg, L., & Thissen, D. (1996). Uses of item response theory and the testlet concept in the measurement of psychopathology. Psychological Methods, 1, 81 - 97.

Steinberg, L. & Thissen, D. (1995). Item response theory methods in personality research. In P.E. Shrout & S.T. Fiske (Eds.) Personality research, methods, and theory: A Festschrift honoring Donald W. Fiske. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Steinberg, L. (1994). Context and serial order effects in personality measurement: Limits on the generality of "measuring changes the measure." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 341-349.

Thissen, D., Steinberg, L., & Wainer, H. (1993). Detection of differential item functioning using the parameters of item response models. In P. W. Holland & H. Wainer (Eds.), Differential item functioning. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.