I am an Assistant Professor at the University of California - Los Angeles in the Department of Psychology - Quantitative Area. I previously worked with Dr. Andrew Hayes in the Mechanisms and Contingencies Lab. I completed my PhD in Quantitative Psychology at the Ohio State University. 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 intend to complete my PhD in Psychology by Summer 2018. I graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics in 2013. My research interests include mediation, moderation, conditional process models, structural equation modeling, measurement, and meta-science. 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., Aberson, C., Fossum, J. L., Chen, D., & Gonzalez, O. (2021, February 13). New Insights in Power and Power Analysis in Mediation Models. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/c2kw7 [Preprint]



Grodin, E. N.,Montoya, A. K., Bujarski, S., & Ray, L. A. (in press). Modeling motivation for alcohol in humans using traditional and machine learning approaches. Addiction Biology, OnlineFirst. [PDF]

Montoya, A. K., & Edwards, M. C. (2021). Cautions on using model fit to choose number of factors in exploratory factor analysis.Educational and Psychological Measurement, OnlineFirst. [PDF]


Montoya, A. K. & Jeon, M. (2019). MIMIC models for testing uniform and non-uniform differential item
functioning as moderated mediation models. Applied Psychological Measurement, 44(2), 118 - 136.​ [Preprint]

Montoya, A. K. (2019). Moderation analysis in two-instance repeated-measures designs: Probing methods
and multiple moderator models. Behavior Research Methods, 51,(1), 61 - 82. [PDF]



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: Life Sciences Building 5324

Email: akmontoya@ucla.edu

Twitter: @AmandaKMontoya