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Lynne Steinberg, Ph.D.

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


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, the development, evaluation and validation of instruments for personality, social and clinical psychology research.


  • PSYC 3301 Statistics for Psychology
  • PSYC 6397 Applied Psychological Measurement

Selected Publications

Steinberg, L., & Rogers, A. (2020). Changing the scale: The effect of modifying response scale labels on the measurement of personality and affect. Multivariate Behavioral Research. DOI: 10.1080/00273171.2020.1807305

Sharp, C., Steinberg, L., Michonski, J., Kalpakci, A., Fowler, C., & Frueh, C. (2019). DSM borderline criterion function across age groups: A cross-sectional mixed-method study. Assessment, 26:6, 1014 - 1029.  DOI: 10.1177/1073191118786587

Vanwoerden, S., Steinberg, L., Coffman, A. D., Paulus, D. J. Morey, L, C., & Sharp, C. (2018). Evaluation of the PAI-A Anxiety and Depression Scales: Evidence of construct validity. Journal of Personality Assessment, 100:3, 313-320, DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1347569.

Sharp, C., Michonski, J., Steinberg, L., Fowler, C., Frueh, C., & Oldham, J. (2014). An investigation of differential item functioning across gender of BPD criteria. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 231 - 236.

Sharp, C., Steinberg, L., Temple, J., & Newlin, E. (2014). An 11-item measure to assess borderline traits in adolescents: Refinement of the BPFSC using IRT. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment, 5, 70-78.

Steinberg, L., Sharp, C., Stanford, M. S., & Tharp, A. T. (2013). New tricks for an old measure: The development of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-Brief), Psychological Assessment, 25, 216 – 226. doi:10.1037/a0030550.

Steinberg, L. & Thissen, D. (2013). Item response theory. In J.S. Comer & P.C. Kendall (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Research Strategies in Clinical Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Michonski, J.D., Sharp, C., Steinberg, L., & Zanarini, M.C. (2013). An item response theory analysis of the Borderline Personality Disorder Criteria in a population-based sample of 11 to 12-year-old children. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4(1), 15-22. doi:10.1037/a0027948.

Sharp, C., Steinberg, L., Yaroslavsky, I., Hofmeyr, A., Dellis, A., Ross, D. & Kincaid, H. (2012). An item response theory analysis of the Problem Gambling Severity Index in a national representative sample. Assessment, 19(2), 167-175. doi:10.1177/1073191111418296.

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.

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. (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 Methods11, 402-515.

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.