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I am an Associate Professor at the University of California - Los Angeles in the Department of Psychology - Quantitative Area. My research interests include mediation, moderation, conditional process models, structural equation modeling, measurement, and meta-science. My research has been funded by NSF, NIH, and a number of internal UCLA grants. I completed my PhD in Quantitative Psychology at the Ohio State University in 2018 under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Hayes. I was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. I completed my M.A. in Psychology in Summer 2016, and my M.S. in Statistics in Winter 2016. I graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics in 2013. Hear my name.



North Seattle Community College

2009 - 2011  Associates Degree


University of Washington

2011 - 2013 B.S. Psychology (Minor: Mathematics)


Ohio State University

2014 - 2016  M.A. Quantitative Psychology

2014 - 2016  M.S. Statistics

2014 - 2018  PhD Quantitative Psychology



Montoya, A. K. (in press). Combining Statistical and Causal Mediation Analysis. Handbook of Research Methods in Social and Personality Psychology (H. T. Reis, T West, C. M. Judd, Ed.) Cambridge University Press. [PREPRINT]

Hunger, J. M., Montoya, A. K., Edrosolan, K., Tan, J., Hubbard, A. S., Tomiyama, A. J. (2024). Ecological Momentary Assessment of Weight Stigma and Eating Behavior in Everyday Life. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 58 (6), 457 - 462. DOI: 10.1093/abm/kaae012

Luijken, K., Lohmann, A., Alter, U., Claramunt Gonzalez, J., Clouth, F., Fossum, J. L., Hesen, L., Huizing, A., Ketelaar, J., Montoya, A. K., Nab, L., Nijman, R. C. C., Penning de Vries, B. B. L., Tibbe, T. D., Wang, Y. A., & Groenwold, R. H. H. (2024). Replicability of simulation studies for the investigation of
statistical methods: The RepliSims project. Royal Society of Open Science. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.231003 [PREPRINT]

Giner-Sorolla, Montoya, A. K., R., Carpenter, T., Lewis, Jr. N. A., Aberson, C. L., Bostyn, D. H., Conrique, B. G., Ng, B. W., Reifman, A., Schoemann, A. M., Soderberg, C. (2024). Power to detect what? Considerations for planning and evaluating sample size. Personality and Social Psychology Review,
9(2) (2024). DOI: 10.1186/s41073-023-00141-5 [PREPRINT]

Grodin, E. N., Montoya, A. K., Cruz, A., Donato, S., Baskerville, W.-A., Ray, L. A. (2024). Identifying Treatment Responders to Varenicline for Alcohol Use Disorder Using Two Machine Learning Approaches. Clinical Psychological Science, 12 (1). DOI: [PREPRINT]


Getting Started With Registered Reports

Registered reports are a new publication mechanism where researchers submit a research proposal to a journal that is peer-reviewed, and upon acceptance, the journal agrees to publish the results of the study regardless of the outcome. Registered reports help address key issues which have resulted in replication crises in multiple academic fields, such as publication bias and p-hacking. In this workshop, you will learn how to publish registered reports, the value of registered reports, how registered reports align with incentives for researchers, and how registered reports can interface with broader research systems (e.g., labs and trainees).

Graduate Studies in Arts and Sciences

I was recently asked to participate in filming a recruitment video for the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University. I really enjoyed having an opportunity to speak about why I chose Ohio State and why it's a great place for me and other students.

To learn more about the graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at OSU visit their website.

Research Spotlight: Amanda Montoya

As an undergraduate I had a role as an Undergraduate Research Leader and Mary Gates Scholar. The Undergraduate Research Program asked me to work with them to record a video about my thesis work and here it is!

To learn more about the Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Washington visit their website.


Department of Psychology
University of California - Los Angeles
1285 Franz Hall, Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095 U.S.A.


Office: Pritzker Hall 4530


Twitter: @AmandaKMontoya


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