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Leslie Shaw
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Leslie Shaw

Research Associate
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability


Leslie Shaw joined the Yang-Tan Institute in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations in January, 2018. A quantitative psychologist, she has expertise in longitudinal analyses and structural equation modeling. Leslie also has experience with randomized control trials, program evaluation, data management, measure validation and norming, and secondary data analysis. While obtaining her Ph.D., she worked at the Beach Center on Disability and the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities on research related to self-determination, transition services, and support needs for youth and adults with intellectual disability. She is currently working on the NYS PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) project and supports the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Centers (VR Y-TAC) project.

Teaching Statement

My teaching approach starts with the knowledge and skills I want my students to have gained when they walk out of the classroom at the end of the semester. To support the learning of germane topics, I address relevance and carefully consider how best to organize and present the material. Having taught both undergraduate and graduate students, I understand how relevance depends on who is in the classroom. Under-girding it all, I set and communicate expectations of classroom behavior and assignment completion so that students have opportunities to set goals and visualize a clear path to success.

Research Statement

Broadly, I am interested in longitudinal models in order to analyze change. Common models used in psychology are repeated measures analysis of variance, hierarchical linear model growth curves, latent growth curve models, panel models, latent change score models, and growth mixture models. These last four model types can be estimated with observed or latent variables in a structural equation modeling framework. Time series models of individuals or groups are more common in political science and econometrics but their popularity is growing in psychology as the cost of data collecting repeated measures can be greatly reduced with the use of mobile technology. I like determining which model to use to best answer the relevant research question and exploring the robustness of each model to misspecification.


Journal Articles


  • Neil J Salkind, Leslie Shaw. 2019. Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics Using R. Thousand Oaks/CA/United States: Sage Publishing, 2019. (512)

Professional Activities

  • The Essential Role of Data in the VR Program. Presented to Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management. Virtual. 2022.
  • Supporting Greater Transitions from High School to Adulthood with Predictors of Post-School Success. Presented to Virginia Division on Career Development and Transition. Roanoke, Virginia. 2022.
  • New evidence on the magnitude of predictors of the transition to adulthood for youth with Autism. Presented to Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Virtual. 2022.
  • Supporting Greater Transitions from High School to Adulthood with Predictors of Post-School Success. Presented to Community Support Network - Westchester Institute for Human Development. Virtual. 2022.
  • What In-School Experiences Predict Successful Transition for Youth with ASD?. Presented to Virginia DCDT . Virtual. 2022.
  • New evidence on the magnitude of predictors of employment for youth with Autism . Presented to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Virtual. 2021.
  • Identifying and Comparing the Predictors of Successful Transition to Employment for Low-Income Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented to University of Washington and Microsoft Research. Virtual. 2021.
  • High Quality Data. Presented to New York State Office of Special Education Partnership. virtual. 2020.
  • Connecting Employer Practices to Disability Outcomes. Presented to EEOC. Virtual (planned for New Orleans). 2020.
  • A Multi-country Comparison of Support Needs for Children with Intellectual Disability. Presented to International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Glasgow, Scotland. 2019.
  • Changing healthcare practices for youth with disabilities receiving intensive case management and benefits counseling. Presented to American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. St. Paul, Minnesota. 2019.
  • Measuring Support Needs with the Supports Intensity Scale – Children’s Version – Italian Translation. Presented to American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. St. Paul, Minnesota. 2019.
  • Community Policing Implementation Strategies: Predictors of organizational application & predictions of organizational performance. Presented to Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, Illinois. 2018.
  • Support needs, ASD diagnosis, and the Support Intensity Scale – Children’s Version. Presented to American Psychological Association. Denver, Colorado. 2016.
  • Factors affecting retention in community maltreatment prevention research. Presented to Society for the Research in Child Development. Montreal, Quebec. 2011.
  • Mental health and parenting factors among CPS reported children: Indicators of engagement with an in-home parenting program. Presented to International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Baltimore, Maryland. 2007.


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