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David Mackinnon

Mail Code: 1104

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Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology (Quantitative, Social), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1986

Research Interests

Quantitative: Statistical methods, particularly as applied in health promotion and disease prevention research; mediation of intervention effects; categorical data analysis.

Social/Cognitive: the role of social influence and cognitive factors in health behavior, effects of warnings, tobacco and drug prevention.


Research in Prevention Laboratory


Spring 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
PSY 543 Stat Mediation Analysis

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 530 Intermed Statistics

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 536 Stat Mthds Prevention Research

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 591 Seminar

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 530 Intermed Statistics

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 591 Seminar

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
PSY 530 Intermed Statistics

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Sandler, I., *Schoenfelder, E., Wolchik, S., & MacKinnon, D. P.. Long-term Effects of Programs that Promote Effective Parenting: Impressive Effects by Uncertain Processes.. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 299-329. (2011).

  2. *Thoemmes, F, MacKinnon, D. P., & Reiser, M. R.. Power analysis for complex meditational designs using Monte Carlo methods. Structural Equation Modeling. Structural Equation Modeling (2010).

  3. *Bate, S. L., Stigler, M. H., Thompson, M. S., Arora, M., Perry, C. L., Reddy, K. S., & MacKinnon, D. P.. Psychosocial mediators of a school-based tobacco prevention program in India: Results from the first year of project MYTRI. Prevention Science (2009).

  4. *Fairchild, A. J., MacKinnon, D. P.. A general model for testing mediation and moderation effects.. Prevention Science (2009).

  5. *Fairchild, A.J., MacKinnon, D.P., *Taborga, M.P., *Taylor, A.B. (. R2 effect-size measures for mediation analysis.. Behavior Research Methods (2009).

  6. *Ranby, K. W., Aiken, L. S., MacKinnon, D. P., Elliot, D. L., Moe, E. L., McGinnis, W., Goldberg, L.. A mediation analysis of the ATHENA intervention for female athletes: Prevention of athletic-enhancing substance use and unhealthy weight loss behaviors.. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. (2009).

  7. *Tapia, H. A., Kinnier, R. T., & MacKinnon, D. P.. A comparison of Mexican-American youth who are in gangs and those who are not.. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, (2009).

  8. *Tofighi, D., MacKinnon, D. P., & *Yoon, M.. Covariances between regression coefficient estimates in a single mediator model.. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology (2009).

  9. MacKinnon, D. P., & *Fairchild, A. J.. Current directions in mediation analysis. Psychological Science (2009).

  10. Yuan, Y., & Mackinnon, D. P.. Bayesian Mediation Analysis. Psychological Methods (2009).

  11. A Taylor, David P Mackinnon, J Tein. Tests of the three-path mediated effect. Organizational Research Methods (2008).

  12. Barrera, M. P., Strycker, L. A., MacKinnon, D. P., & Toobert, R. E.. Social-ecological resources as mediators of two-year diet and physical activity outcomes in type 2 diabetes patients.. Health Psychology (2008).

  13. Brown, C. H., Wang, W., Kellam, S. G., Muthen, B. O., Petras, H., Toyinbo, P., Poduscka, J., Ialongo, N., Wyman, P. A., Chamberlain, P., Sloboda, Z., MacKinnon, D. P., & Windham, A.. Methods for testing theory and evaluating impact in randomized field trials: Intent-to-treat analyses for integrating the perspectives of person, place, and time. Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2008).

  14. Fritz, M. S., & MacKinnon, D. P.. A graphical presentation of the mediated effect. Behavior Research Methods. (2008).

  15. J Williams, David Mackinnon. Resampling and distribution of the product methods for testing indirect effects in complex models. Structural Equation Modeling (2008).

  16. Mackinnon, David Peter. Introduction to statistical mediation analysis. Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates (2008).

  17. MacKinnon, D. P. & Luecken, L. J.. How and for whom? Mediation and moderation in Health Psychology. Health Psychology (2008).

  18. David Mackinnon, A Fairchild, M Fritz. Mediation analysis. Annual Review of Psychology (2007).

  19. David P. Mackinnon, Lockwood, C. M., Brown, C. H., Wang, W. & Hoffman, J. M.. The intermediate endpoint effect in logistic and probit regression. Clinical Trials (2007).

  20. A Morgan-Lopez, David Mackinnon. Demonstration and evaluation of a method to assess mediated moderation. Behavior Research Methods (2006).

  21. J Cheong, N Hall, David Mackinnon. Use of designated boat operators and designated drivers among college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol (2006).

  22. Manuel Barrera, D Toobert, R Glasgow, K Angell, David Mackinnon. Social support and social-ecological resources as mediators of lifestyle intervention effects for type 2 diabetes. Journal of Health Psychology (2006).

  23. Book chapter: Mackinnon, David Peter (Author) ,Nohre, Liva (student author) . Chapter 54: Alcohol and Tobacco Warnings. Handbook of Human Factors Research on Warnings. Erlbaum (2006).

  24. M Fritz, David Mackinnon, J Williams, L Goldberg, E Moe, D Elliot. Analysis of baseline by treatment interactions in a drug prevention and health promotion program for high school male athletes. Addictive Behaviors (2005).

  25. David Mackinnon, C Lockwood, J Williams. Confidence limits for the indirect effect: Distribution of the product and resampling methods. Multivariate Behavioral Research (2004).

  26. I Sandler, J Tein, S Wolchik, David Mackinnon. How did it work? Who did it work for? Mediation in the context of a moderated prevention effect for children of divorce. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2004).

  27. A Morgan-Lopez, F Castro, Laurie Chassin, David Mackinnon. A mediated moderation model of cigarette use among Mexican-American Youth. Addictive Behaviors (2003).

  28. C Davis, David Mackinnon, A Schultz, I Sandler. Cumulative risk and population attributable fraction in prevention. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (2003).

  29. David Mackinnon, C Lockwood. Advances in statistical methods for substance abuse prevention research. Prevention Science (2003).

  30. David Mackinnon, L Goldberg, J Cheong, D Elliot, G Clarke, E Moe. Male body image and physical measurements: Do leaner, or stronger, high school football players have a more positive body image?. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2003).

  31. J Cheong, S Khoo, David Mackinnon. Investigation of mediational processes using parallel process latent growth curve modeling. Structural Equation Modeling (2003).

  32. L Goldberg, D Elliot, David Mackinnon, E Moe, K Kuehl, L Nohre, C Lockwood. Drug testing athletes to prevent substance abuse: Background and initial results of the SATURN (Substance Abuse Testing Using Random Notification) study. Journal of Adolescent Health (2003).

  33. Page, M C, Braver, S L, Mackinnon, David Peter, Levine, G. Levine's Guide to SPSS for Analysis of Variance. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2003).

  34. Book chapter: Mackinnon, David Peter (Author) ,Dwyer, J H (Author) . Major data analysis issues in drug abuse prevention research. Handbook for drug abuse prevention: theory, science, and practice. Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishing (2003).

  35. Book chapter: Tein, J -Y (Author) ,Mackinnon, David Peter (Author) . Estimating mediated effects with survival data. New Developments in Psychometrics: Psychometric Society Proceedings. Springer-Verlag (2003).

  36. David Mackinnon, C Lockwood, J Hoffman, S West, V Sheets. A comparison of methods to test mediated and other intervening variable effects. Psychological Methods (2002).

  37. David Mackinnon, M Taborga, A Morgan-Lopez. Mediation designs for tobacco prevention research. Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2002).

  38. S Jones, N Eisenberg, R Fabes, David Mackinnon. Parents' reactions to elementary school children's negative emotions: Relations to social and emotional functioning at school. Merrill Palmer Quarterly (2002).

  39. Mackinnon, David Peter. International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. Oxford, U.K. Pergamon (2001).

  40. David Mackinnon, L Goldberg, G Clarke, D Elliot, J Cheong, A Lapin, E Moe, J Krull. Mediating mechanisms in a program to reduce intentions to use anabolic steroids and improve exercise self-efficacy and dietary behavior. Prevention Science (2001).

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  1. MacKinnon, D.P. Mediation Analysis. Invited 2-day workshop at the University of Rhode Island. (Nov 2010).
  2. MacKinnon, D.P. New directions on mediation analysis.. Invited presentation at University of Southern Calfornia Institute for Prevention Research. (Nov 2010).
  3. MacKinnon, D.P. Mediation Analysis. Invited 2-day workshop at Sapienza University of Rome. (Oct 2010).
  4. MacKinnon, D. P. Testing Theory with Mediation and Moderation Analysis.. Workshop for National Cancer Institute. (Aug 2010).
  5. MacKinnon, D. P. Introduction to statistical Mediation Analysis.. Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology workshop for underrepresented groups. (Aug 2010).
  6. MacKinnon, D.P. Mediation Analysis.. Invited 2-day workshop at the University of Tampere, Finland. (Aug 2010).
  7. MacKinnon, D. P. (2010, June) Methods for Investigating How Resilience Interventions Achieve Their Effects. Social Ecology of Resilience Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.. (Jun 2010).
  8. MacKinnon, D. P. Issues in Longitudinal Mediation Modeling.. Invited paper at the Association for Psychological Science annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.. (Jun 2010).
  9. MacKinnon, D. P., & Fairchild, A. How mediation analysis can inform subgroup analysis.. Presenation at the Society for Prevention Research Conference. (May 2010).
  10. Siodmok, S., Cheong, J., MacKinnon, D., Goldberg, L., Elliot, D. & Moe, E. (2010). Investigation of generalized effects of a prevention program to reduce anabolic steroid use in lowering the use of other drugs.. Annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. (May 2010).
  11. MacKinnon, D., & Brown, H. Mediation analysis in the evaluation of parenting programs.. Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference. (May 2010).
  12. Mackinnon, D. . Multilevel and longitudinal mediation modeling: Linking theory and method.. Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.. (May 2010).
  13. MacKinnon, D. (Chair, Poster Symposium) New directions in mediating variable analysis.. Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado. (May 2010).
  14. MacKinnon, D. P., *Ohlrich, V., & Burrell, G. Longitudinal mediation models. Presentation at SMEP conference. (Oct 2009).
  15. MacKinnon, D. P. Modern Mediation Analysis. Invited webiinar. (Oct 2009).
  16. MacKinnon, D.P., & *Fairchild, A. Mediation and Moderation analysis. invited paper at NIH Analysis of Subgroups Conference. (Sep 2009).
  17. MacKinnon, D. P. Mediation Analysis. Inivited Presentation at Darmouth University. (May 2009).
  18. MacKinnon, DP Mediation and Moderation in Studies of Mental Health. Invited presentation at National Institue on Mental Health training. (Apr 2009).
  19. MacKinnon, D. P. Medation in medical studies. Invited presenation. (Mar 2009).
  20. MacKinnon, D.P. New Methods for Mediation Analysis. Invited workshop at the University of Akron. (Jan 2009).
  21. MacKinnon, D. P. Statistical Mediation Analysis. Invited workshop at Cal State Long Beach. (Jan 2009).
  22. MacKinnon, D. P. Mediation Analysis in Family Interventions. Invited workshop at NIMH AIDS/HIV family intervention conference. (Oct 2008).
  23. MacKinnon, D. P. Mediation Analysis. University of Alabama Biostatistics Department. (Sep 2008).
  24. MacKinnon, D.P. Introduction to Statistical Mediation Analysis. 3 Day workshop at Pennsylvania State University. (Jun 2008).
  25. MacKinnon, D.P. Mediation analysis for alcohol treatment. Invited speaker at Research Society on Alcoholism pre conference. (Jun 2008).
  26. MacKinnon, D.P. Longitudinal mediation models for long-term effects.. Prevention Science Methodology Meeting, Johns Hopkins. (Mar 2008).
  27. Mackinnon, David Advances in Mediation Analysis: New Tests and Longitudinal Models. Invited Presentation. (Nov 2007).
  28. Mackinnon, David Importance of Mediation in Behavioral Research. Invited presentation. (Nov 2007).
  29. Mackinnon, David Introduction to Statistical Mediation Analysis. Workshop. (Jul 2007).
  30. Mackinnon, David Statistical Mediation Analysis. Invited Workshop. (Jun 2007).
  31. Mackinnon, David Mediation Analysis for Behavioral Interventions. Healtion Maintenance Consortium. (Mar 2007).
  32. Mackinnon, David Mediation Analysis in Cancer Research. Invited presentation. (Mar 2007).
  33. Mackinnon, David Mediation for physical activity interventions. Invited presentation at the National Institutes for Health Grantee Meeting for Mechanisms of Physical Activity. (Nov 2006).
  34. Taylor, A, Mackinnon, David A permutation test for mediation. 14th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. (May 2006).
  35. Wilke, K, Mackinnon, David, Elliot, D, Moe, E Mediating mechanisms of an intervention with high school female. 14th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. (May 2006).
  36. Fairchild, A, Mackinnon, David, Elliot, D, Moe, E Mediation analysis of the PHLAME intervention program. 14th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. (May 2006).
  37. Feaster, D, McCabe, B, Mackinnon, David Using repeated observations to estimate person-specific models of mediation. 14th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. (May 2006).
  38. Fritz, M, Mackinnon, David Plots of the XM interaction in models of the mediated effect. 14th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. (May 2006).
  39. Mackinnon, David New methods for mediation analysis. Invited presentation:86th annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association. (Apr 2006).
  40. Mackinnon, David Issues in mediation modeling in prevention effectiveness trials. Workshop presentation to the New Directions for Mental Health and Drug Abuse Effectiveness and Dissemination Trial Research and Methodology. (Oct 2005).

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  1. University of Houston, Promotion Reviewer (2010 - present)
  2. University of Miami, Promotion Reviewer (2010 - present)
  3. University of Pittsburgh, Promotion Reviewer (2010 - present)
  4. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Reviewer (2010 - present)
  5. University of Pennsylvania, Promortion Reviewer (2010 - present)
  6. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Reviewer (2010 - present)
  7. PAC Committee, member (2009 - present)
  8. PAC Committee, member (2009 - present)
  9. Psychological Methods, Editorial Board Member (2006 - present)
  10. Psychological Methods, Editorial Board Member (2006 - present)
  11. Psychological Methods, Editorial Board Member (2006 - present)
  12. Prevention Science, Associate Editor (2006 - present)
  13. Prevention Science, Associate Editor (2006 - present)
  14. Prevention Science, Associate Editor (2006 - present)
  15. Journal of Women's Health, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  16. American Psychological Association, Abstract Reviewer (2006 - present)
  17. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  18. Journal of Marketing, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  19. Media Psychology, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  20. Multivariate Behavioral Research, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  21. Multivariate Behavioral Research, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  22. Multivariate Behavioral Research, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  23. National Institute on Health Review Committee Member, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  24. Psychology of Addictive Behavior, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  25. Quantitative Admissions Committee, Member (2006 - present)
  26. Quantitative Search Committee, Member (2006 - present)
  27. Social Science Research, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  28. Society for Prevention Research, Abstract Reviewer (2006 - present)
  29. Statistics In Medicine, Reviewer (2006 - present)
  30. Prevention Science, Action Editor/Consulting Editor (2005 - present)
  31. Addictions, Reviewer (2004 - present)
  32. American Psychological Association, Reviewer (2004 - present)
  33. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Reviewer (2004 - present)
  34. Marketing Research, Reviewer (2004 - present)
  35. Political Communication, Reviewer (2004 - present)
  36. Prevention Science, Reviewer (2004 - present)
  37. Psychological Methods, Reviewer (2004 - present)
  38. Quantitative Methods Area Head, Area Head (2010)
  39. Committee to select Graduate Mentor of the year, Committee member (2010)
  40. PAC Committee, member

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