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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



Ramos, G., Montoya, A.K., Smith, D., Rith-Najarian, L., & Chavira, D. (in press).Digital intervention barriers scale (DIBS-7): Development, evaluation, and preliminary validation. JMIR Formative Research.

Grodin, E.N., Montoya, A.K., Cruz, A., Donato, S., Baskerville, W.-A., Ray, L.A. (in press). Identifying Treatment Responders to Varenicline for Alcohol Use Disorder Using Two Machine Learning Approaches. Clinical Psychological Science.

Fossum, J.L. & Montoya, A.K.(2023). When to use different tests for power analysis and data analysis for mediation. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 6(2),1-10.DOI: 10.1177/25152459231156606

Siy, J.O., Germano, A., Vianna, L., Azpeitia, J., Yan, S., Montoya, A.K., & Cheryan, S. (2023). Does the follow-your-passions ideology cause greater academic and occupational gender disparities than other cultural ideologies?Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. DOI:10.1037/pspi0000421

Tibbe, T. D. & Montoya, A. K. (2022). Correcting the bias correction for the bootstrap confidence
interval in mediation analysis. Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.810258

Montoya, A. K. (2022). Selecting a Within- or Between-Subject Design for Mediation: Validity, Causality,
and Statistical Power.Multivariate Behavior Research. DOI: 10.1080/00273171.2022.2077287



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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