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David J. Francis, Ph.D.

David Francis

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair.
Director of the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES)
Director of Center for Advanced Computing and Data Systems (CACDS)
Developmental, Cognitive, & Behavioral Neuroscience
Ph.D., University of Houston

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Dr. David J. Francis is a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair and a recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award and a former member of the National Institute of Health's Behavioral Medicine Study Section.

He is a Fellow of Division 5 (Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics) of the American Psychology Association and current member of the Independent Review Panel for the National Assessment of Title I and the Technical Advisory Group of the What Works Clearing House.

His areas of quantitative interest include modeling of individual growth, multi-level and mixture modeling, structural equation modeling, item response theory, and exploratory data analysis.

Dr. Francis currently collaborates on multiple contracts and grants funded by NICHD, the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders, the Texas Education Agency, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Dr. Francis is the Director of Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics.

Research Interests

  • Statistical Models for Longitudinal Data
  • Multi-level Models
  • Latent Variable Models
  • Psychometrics
  • Reading Acquistion and the Early Identification and Prevention of Reading Disabilities
  • Developmental Disabilities


  • Introductory Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Advanced Latent Variable Models for Longitudinal Data
  • Special problems in Quantitative Methods (IRT, Multi-level Models)

Selected Publications

See Dr. Francis's full CV