Associate Professor of Psychology


Ed.D., Harvard University

Field of Specialty

Applied Statistics:General and generalized Multi-level modeling (MLM) / Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM), Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), Latent Class Analysis (LCA), Latent Transition Analysis(LTA)/Growth Mixture Modeling(GMM), General and Generalized Linear Modeling, Longitudinal Data Analysis

Child Development: factors (at individual, familial, communal, & cultural levels) related to child psychological adjustment, health (physical and psychological), and school performance

Contact Information

Brown Social Science Center 106

Xiaodong Liu

Xiaodong Liu's main interest is in applied statistics (modeling in particular) and in the methods related to research on development (broadly defined) and child development in particular. Dr. Liu got his Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Lee, Y., Liu, X., & Watson, M. W.. "The Timing Effect of Bullying in Childhood and Adolescence on Developmental Trajectories of Externalizing Behaviors." Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2015).

Creedon, T.B., Quinna, A., Liu, X., Hodgkina, D., & Horgan, C.M.. "Facility-level predictors and geographic variation in outpatient methadone maintenance availability." Addiction Health Services Research Conference (AHSR). Boston, MA. October 15-17, 2014.

Shahraz, S., Lagu, T., Liu, X., Ritter, G.T., & Tompkins, C.. "Use of systematic methods to improve disease identification in administrative data: The case of severe sepsis." AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting (ARM). San Diego, CA. June 8-10, 2014.

Shahraz, S., Tompkins, C., Lagu, T., Ritter, G., & Liu, X.. "Use of systematic methods to improve disease identification in administrative data: The case of severe sepsis." Medical Care (2014): doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000156.

Denise Aske, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Lisa Arsenault, Sarita Bhalotra, Virginia Chomitz, Liu, X.. "Relationship between physical fitness, weight status and academic performance: Longitudinal evidence from one school district.." the 141st American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. November 2013.

Lee, Y., Watson, M., & Liu, X.. "The Effect of Physical Discipline on Bullying and Victimization: Ethnic Family Environment and Disciplinary Contexts as Moderators." Poster presentation at 2013 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting. Seattle, Washington, USA. April 2013.

Chen, J. J.; Liu, X.. "The Mediating Role of Perceived Parental Warmth and Parental Punishment in the Psychological Well-Being of Children in Rural China." Social Indicators Research 107(3) (2012): 483-508. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-011-9859-9.

Noh, S.R., Larcom, M.J., Liu, X., & Isaacowitz, D.M.. "The role of affect in attentional functioning for younger and older adults.." frontiers in Psychology 3:311. (2012): doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00311..

Liu, X.. "Modeling the Variation in Child Psychological Well-being in Rural Gansu, 2000 - 2007." Conference on Poverty, Education, and Health in Rural China. University of Oxford China Centre (Oxford, UK). December 15-16, 2008.

Liu, X. & Adams, J.. "Community Influences, Parenting Practices, and Child Internalizing Problems in Rural China: A Multi-level Analysis.." January, 2007.

Liu, X.. "Results from Different Analytic Methods: Revisit the gender and race-ethnicity gaps in mathematics proficiency in early childhood.." American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting., Chicago, IL. April 2007.

Zhu, X. D. & Liu, X.. "The Importance of Wealth and Income in the Transition to Homeownership." Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 9. 2 (2007): 137-151.

Zhu, X. D., Belsky, E., & Liu, X.. "Do Homeowners Achieve More Household Wealth in the Long Run?." Journal of Housing Economics 16. (2007): 274-290.

Liu, X.. "The gender and race-ethnicity gaps in mathematics proficiency in early childhood: An application of "hazard models"." American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA,. April 2006.

National Research Council. (chapter 2) Accumulation of Scientific Knowledge (in Scientific Reesearch in Education). Trans. Liu, X.. Beijing: Educational Science Publisher (JiaoYu Kexue Chubanshe), 2006.

Zhu, X. D., & Liu, X.. "The Effects of Housing Push Factors and Rent." Journal of Real Estate Research 28. 2 (2006): 149-166.

Liu, X.. "Modeling the “Reciprocal” Relationship Between Parenting and Child Externalizing Problems.." American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada. April, 2005.

Liu, X.. "Community Effects on Child Adjustment in Rural China.." American Psychological Association (APA). Honolulu, Hawai`. July 2004.

Courses Taught

PSYC 140a Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) Applications
PSYC 148a Applied Statistical Computing in R
PSYC 210a Advanced Psychological Statistics I
PSYC 210b Advanced Psychological Statistics II
PSYC 215a Multivariate Statistics I: Applied Structural Equation Modeling
PSYC 216a Multivariate Statistics II: Applied Hierarchical Linear Models
PSYC 316a Psychology Research Seminar