Colloquium with Dr. Kathleen Gates

Thursday September 26, 2019
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Dr. Kathleen Gates, Associate Professor of Quantitative Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Applications of data-driven methods for studying dynamic processes.


The use of time series data in psychological research is on the rise. This increase largely can be attributed to greater ease in gathering numerous observations per person via the use of smart phones, automated behavioral coding, wearable technologies, and psychophysiological data. Often the end goal is to arrive at a better understanding of individuals’ processes. From these individual-level findings, we can get closer to personalized interventions as well as obtain insights into meaningful similarities across individuals and aspects of human processes that may generalize to the population. Arriving at personalized dynamic models often requires the use and adaptation of exploratory methods such as unsupervised classification, feature selection, and model-building. This talk focuses on the application of such methods on a few data sets collected across various domains of psychological inquiry.


Dr. Gates is an associate professor of Quantitative Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Human Neuroimaging Group and affiliated faculty of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC). She obtained her Ph.D. in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (quant focus) at Penn State, a Masters of Forensic Psychology at the City University of New York (John Jay College), and a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University. Katie’s work is motivated by problems in analyzing individual-level data. She develops algorithms and programs that may aid researchers in better quantifying behavioral, psychophysiological, and emotional processes across time.  The end goal is to help researchers identify patterns within individuals so we can provide person-specific prevention, treatment, and intervention protocols as well as better understand the varied basic physiological underpinnings for emotions, cognition, and behaviors.


Annually the Department of Psychology hosts a Colloquia Series throughout the academic year. This exciting program brings us together outside of the classroom to have conversations with the speakers we’ve invited to our campus to share their ideas. You’ll have the chance to hear from international speakers on a wide range of provocative topics.