Anthony Rodriguez

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Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Boston Office


Ph.D. in quantitative psychology, University of California, Los Angeles


Anthony Rodriguez is a quantitative psychologist/psychometrician and associate behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. His quantitative methodological research has focused on structural equation modeling (SEM), item response theory (IRT), and latent growth models. A major focus of his research has tackled issues of dimensionality, reliability, and assessment scoring. He has also investigated and developed alternative item response theory models designed to address and model non-normality in latent traits and errors. It has been equally important in his research to make these methodological pieces accessible to substantive researchers and as such has written didactic guides for easy implementation and interpretation of model results.

Aside from psychometric endeavors, his substantive interests have resulted in extensive collaborations at RAND and UCLA spanning ethnic/racial disparities in longitudinal adolescent alcohol, marijuana, cigarette, and e-cigarette use; assessment in post-acute care settings (home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long term care hospitals); evaluation of emergency response communication; ethnic/racial differences in the measurement of acculturation; psychopathology (anxiety, depression, stress, impulsivity); intervention effectiveness; and, biobehavioral psychosocial factors linked to eating behaviors and obesity.

Rodriguez received his Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Recent Projects

  • Development and Maintenance of Post-Acute Care Cross-Setting Standardized Patient Assessment Data
  • CDC Emergency Risk Communication Process and Outcomes Measures Pilot Testing Project

Selected Publications

Steve P. Reise, Anthony Rodriguez, Karen Spritzer, Ron Hays, "Alternative Approaches to Addressing Non-Normal Distributions in the Application of IRT Models to Personality Measures," Journal of Personality Assessment

Anthony Rodriguez, Steve P. Reise, Mark G. Haviland, "Applying bifactor statistical indices in the evaluation of psychological measures," Journal of Personality Assessment

Anthony Rodriguez, Steve P. Reise, Mark G. Haviland, "Evaluating bifactor models: Calculating and interpreting statistical indices," Psychological Methods

D’Amico, E. J., Rodriguez, A., Tucker, J. S., Pedersen, E. R. & Shih, R. A. , "Planting the seed for marijuana use: Changes in exposure to medical marijuana advertizing and subsequent adolescent marijuana use, cognitions, and consequences over seven years," Drug Alcohol Dependence

Anthony Rodriguez, Steve P. Reise, "Item response theory and the measurement of psychiatric constructs: Some empirical and conceptual issues and challenges," Psychological Medicine

Sergio Dominguez-Lara, Anthony Rodriguez, "Índices estadísticos de modelos bifacto," Interacciones: Revista de Avances en Psicologia

Honors & Awards

  • Walter Klopfer Award – Best Empirical Paper 2016, Journal of Personality Assessment
  • Shepard Ivory Franz Teaching Award, UCLA
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCLA