John J. McArdle

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Professor of Psychology and Gerontology
(213) 740-2276
SGM 713

Curriculum Vitae

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Biographical Information

John (Jack) McArdle received his BA in Psychology and Mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania (1969-1973), his MA and the PhD in Psychology and Computer Sciences at Hofstra University in New York (1973-1977); and his Post-Doctoral training in Psychometrics and Multivariate Analysis at the University of Denver in Colorado (1977-1983). From 1984-2005 he was a faculty member at University of Virginia where he taught Quantitative Methods from 1984-2005, and was director of the Jefferson Psychometric Laboratory. McArdle was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Human Development at Univ. of California at Berkeley, and is now an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Psychiatry at the Univ. of Hawaii.

Research Interests and Activity

Dr. McArdle's research has focused on age-sensitive methods for psychological and educational measurement and longitudinal data analysis including published work has been in the area of factor analysis, growth curve analysis, and dynamic modeling of adult cognitive abilities. McArdle is the director of the ongoing National Growth and Change Study (NGCS), a longitudinal study of cognitive changes over age in the entire USA. Since 1989, McArdle has worked as an academic consultant to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), where he has led the data analysis team for national research studies of college student-athletes.


Dr. McArdle is the Head of the Quantitative Area in the department of Psychology. He teaches classes in topics in psychometrics, multivariate analysis, and structural equation modeling, with an emphasis on longitudinal data and dynamic analyses. Since the Summer of 2000 he has also led the Advanced Training Institute on Longitudinal Modeling for the American Psychological Association.

Honors and Awards

Dr. McArdle has won the R. B. Cattell Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research (1987), was elected President of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (1993-94), was elected President of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (1996-1999), and was elected as the Secretary of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP, 2000-2002). McArdle has served on advisory boards for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the ACTIVE Collaborative Trials, the National Archive for Computerized Databases in Aging (NACDA), the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS), and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences panel on Institutional Review Boards. In 2002-2003 he was named Lansdowne Professor of the University of Victoria, Jacob Cohen Lecturer of Columbia University, and Best Academic Researcher, NCAA. In 2004 he was named a Co-PI of the Health and retirement Study (HRS), and in 2005 he was awarded an NIH-MERIT grant from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. McArdle is proud to add that his student-colleagues have won important awards; In 1995, Dr. Fumiaki Hamagami was named the winner of the American Psychological Association Division 5 Dissertation Award; in 1998, Dr. Thomas S. Paskus was named winner of the National Council of Measurement in Education (NCME) Doctoral Dissertation award; in 2000, Dr. Steven M. Boker was named winner of the Cattell Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology; and in 2004 his recent graduate student, Emilio Ferrer was named the winner of the American Psychological Association Division 5 Dissertation Award.

Professional Honors, Awards, and Elected Positions

BEA Outstanding Graduate Teaching of Psychology as a Core STEM Discipline Award, June 2014.
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), December 2012.
NIH-MERIT award, National Institute on Aging, October 2005-Present.
Visiting Fellow, Harris-Mansfield College, Oxford University, England, July 2004.
Jacob Cohen Lecture for Distinguished Multivariate Research, Columbia University, N.Y., 2003
NCAA Award for Educational Research, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Indianapolis, IN, January 2003
Landsdowne Professor for Distinguished Research, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., 2002
Lifetime Structural Equation Modeling Award, Mexican Congress of Psychology, Sonora, 2001
R.B. Cattell Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), November 1987

Elected, Secretary, Council of Scientific Society Presidents, 2000-2001.
Elected, President, Federation of Behavioral, Psychological & Cognitive Sciences (BPCS), 1996-1999.
Elected, President, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), 1992-1993.
Elected, Secretary-Treasurer, Federation of Behavioral, Psychological & Cognitive Sciences (BPCS), 1990-1992.
Elected, Secretary-Treasurer, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), 1986-1991.


Click here to read an article in USC College Magazine about Dr. McArdle.