Department of Psychology
The University of Houston
126 Heyne Building
Houston, TX 77204-5522
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Paras Mehta, Ph.D.

Paras Mehta

Associate Professor
Clinical Psychology
Industrial Organizational Psychology
Ph.D., University of Houston

Heyne Building, Room 204

Research Interests

  • Multilevel Structural Equations Modeling
  • Growth Curve Modeling
  • Applications of ML-SEM in Educational Research
  • Applications of ML-SEM in Organizational Research

Teaching Interests:

  • Structural Equations Modeling
  • Multilevel Modeling

Selected Publications

Branum-Martin, L., Foorman, B. R., Francis, D. J., & Mehta, P. D. (2010). Contextual Effects of Bilingual Programs on Beginning Reading. Journal of Educational Psychology, 102(2), 341-355. doi: 10.1037/a0019053

Branum-Martin, L., Mehta, P. D., Fletcher, J. M., Carlson, C. D., Ortiz, A., Carlo, M., et al. (2006). Bilingual phonological awareness: Multilevel construct validation among Spanish-speaking kindergarteners in transitional bilingual education classrooms. Journal of Educational Psychology, 98(1), 170-181. doi: 10.1037/0022-0663.98.1.170

Branum-Martin, L., Mehta, P. D., Francis, D. J., Cirino, P. T., Iglesias, A., Foorman, B. R., et al. (2009). Pictures and Words: Spanish and English Vocabulary in Classrooms. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101(4), 897-911. doi: 10.1037/a0015817

Colder, C. R., Mehta, P., Balanda, K., Campbell, R. T., Mayhew, K. P., Stanton, W. R., et al. (2001). Identifying trajectories of adolescent smoking: An application of latent growth mixture modeling. Health Psychology, 20(2), 127-135.

Dunn, N. J., Rehm, L. P., Schillaci, J., Souchek, J., Mehta, P., Ashton, C. M., et al. (2007). A randomized trial of self-management and psychoeducational group therapies for comorbid chronic posttraumatic stress disorder and depressive disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(3), 221-237. doi: 10.1002/jts.20214

Foorman, B. R., Francis, D. J., Fletcher, J. M., Schatschneider, C., & Mehta, P. (1998a). The role of instruction in learning to read: Preventing reading failure in at-risk children. Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(1), 37-55.

Foorman, B. R., Francis, D. J., Fletcher, J. M., Schatschneider, C., & Mehta, P. (1998b). The role of instruction in learning to read: Preventing reading failure in at-risk children (vol 90, pg 37, 1998). Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(2), 235-235.

Jouriles, E. N., Mehta, P., McDonald, R., & Francis, D. J. (1997). Psychometric properties of family members' reports of parental physical aggression toward clinic-referred children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65(2), 309-318.

Mehta, P. D., Foorman, B. R., Branum-Martin, L., & Taylor, W. P. (2005). Literacy as a unidimensional multilevel construct: Validation, sources of influence, and implications in a longitudinal study in grades 1 to 4. Scientific Studies of Reading, 9(2), 85-116.

Mehta, P. D., & Neale, M. C. (2005). People are variables too: Multilevel structural equations modeling. Psychological Methods, 10(3), 259-284. doi: 10.1037/1082-989x.10.3.259

Mehta, P. D., Neale, M. C., & Flay, B. R. (2004). Squeezing interval change from ordinal panel data: Latent growth curves with ordinal outcomes. Psychological Methods, 9(3), 301-333. doi: 10.1037/1082-989x.9.3.301

Mehta, P. D., & West, S. G. (2000). Putting the individual back into individual growth curves. Psychological Methods, 5(1), 23-43. doi: 10.1037//1082-989x.5.1.23

Norton, P. J., & Mehta, P. D. (2007). Hierarchical model of vulnerabilities for emotional disorders. [; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural]. Cogn Behav Ther, 36(4), 240-254.

Sandler, I. N., Tein, J. Y., Mehta, P., Wolchik, S., & Ayers, T. (2000). Coping efficacy and psychological problems of children of divorce. Child Development, 71(4), 1099-1118.

Schatschneider, C., Francis, D. J., Foorman, B. R., Fletcher, J. M., & Mehta, P. (1999). The dimensionality of phonological awareness: An application of item response theory. Journal of Educational Psychology, 91(3), 439-449.

Schmitt, J. E., Mehta, P. D., Aggen, S. H., Kubarych, T. S., & Neale, M. C. (2006). Semi-nonparametric methods for detecting latent non-normality: A fusion of latent trait and ordered latent class modeling. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 41(4), 427-443.

Stanton, W. R., Flay, B. R., Colder, C. R., & Mehta, P. (2004). Identifying and predicting adolescent smokers' developmental trajectories. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 6(5), 843-852. doi: 10.1080/14622200410001734076