Keenan Pituch

Keenan Pituch

Associate Professor

Quantitative Methods


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 538C
Hours: Mon / Weds 9:30 - 11 AM or by appointment

(512) 471-0672

(512) 471-1288

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Dr. Keenan Pituch’s scholarly interests involve methodological extensions and applications of multilevel modeling in order to answer substantive questions in educational research. The majority of his research examines the use of multilevel models to analyze data gathered from experimental designs.

His main teaching responsibilities are courses in quantitative methods, particularly in the area of statistics.


B.A., Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 1984

M.A., Modern European History, University of South Florida, 1987

M.S., Research Design and Statistics, Florida State University, 1993

Ph.D., Research Design and Statistics, Florida State University, 1997

Representative Publications

Whittaker, T. A., Pituch, K. A., & McDougall, G. J., Jr. (2014). Latent growth modeling with domain-specific outcomes comprised of mixes response types in intervention studies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(5), 746.

Stapleton, L. M., Pituch, K. A., & Dion, E. (2014). Standardized effect size measures for mediation analysis in cluster-randomized trials. The Journal of Experimental Education.

Pituch, K. A., & Stapleton, L. M. (2012). Distinguishing between cross- and cluster-level mediation processes in the cluster randomized trial. Sociological Methods and Research, 41, 630-670.

Pituch, K. A., & Stapleton, L. M. (2011).  Hierarchical linear and structural equation modeling approaches to mediation analysis in randomized field experiments.  In M. Williams & P. Vogt (Eds.),SAGE Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods (pp. 590-619). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Pituch, K. A., Murphy, D. L., & Tate, R. L. (2010).  Three-level models for indirect effects in school- and class-randomized experiments in education.  Journal of Experimental Education, 78, 60-95.

Pituch, K. A., & Stapleton, L. M. (2008).  The performance of methods to test upper-level mediation in the presence of nonnormal data.  Multivariate Behavioral Research, 43, 237-267.

Current Research Projects and Grants

National Institute of Health, Behavioral Research in Cancer Control, R03 CA171835-01A1, Co-Investigator. Behaviors related to cancer risk among African-American college students. $169,450.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Pituch has two specific lines of research interest. First, he is interested in multilevel mediation analysis for multilevel experimental designs. Second, and more recently, Dr. Pituch is interested in multivariate multilevel modeling.

Presently, Dr. Pituch serves as co-PI on a grant that is examining behaviors related to cancer risk among African-American college students.