Colloquium with Dr. Niall Bolger

Thursday February 6, 2020
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Dr. Niall Bolger, Professor of Psychology at Columbia University


Causal Processes in Psychology are Heterogeneous


All experimenters know that subjects do not respond uniformly to experimental treatments. Yet, theories and practices in psychology typically ignore this heterogeneity or treat it as error. Using data from multiple repeated-measures experiments, I will illustrate in this talk the importance of experimental effect heterogeneity for theory, methods, analysis, and best research practices.



Niall Bolger, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University in the city of New York, where he directs the Columbia Couples lab and teaches courses on social relationships, linear statistical models, and longitudinal data analysis. His main research interests include adjustment processes in close relationships using intensive longitudinal methods and laboratory-based studies of dyadic behaviour, emotion and physiology, and personality processes as they are revealed in patterns of behaviour, emotion, and physiology in daily life. He is also interested in statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal and multilevel data. Dr. Bolger is a Charter Member and Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and a member of the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology.

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.