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Mauricio Garnier-Villarreal, Ph.D.

Mauricio Garnier-Villarreal
Mauricio Garnier-Villarreal, Ph.D.Marquette University

Clark Hall, 239

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1740

Research Assistant Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Courses Taught

HEAL 8015:  Applied Statistics For Health Sciences

HEAL 8016:  Advance Applied Statistics

Research Interests

Longitudinal Data Analysis

Latent Variable Modeling (SEM, IRT)

Mixed-Effects methods

Bayesian Statistics

Application of advance data analysis techniques to applied research

Professional Affiliations

Association for Psychological Science

Foundation for Open Access Statistics

Gerontological Society of America

Psychometric Society


Quantitative data analysis

Selected Publications

Link to Marquette University E-Publications - Garnier-Villareal


Smits, N., Öğreden, O., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Terwee, C., & Chalmers, R. (in press) A study of alternative approaches to non-normal latent trait distributions in Item Response Theory models used for health outcome measurement. Statistical Methods in Medical Research

Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Jorgensen, T. D. (2019). Adapting Fit Indices for Bayesian Structural Equation Modeling: Comparison to Maximum Likelihood. Psychological Methods.

Jorgensen T.D., Garnier-Villarreal M., Pornprasermanit S., Lee J. (2019) Small-Variance Priors Can Prevent Detecting Important Misspecifications in Bayesian Confirmatory Factor Analysis. In: Wiberg M., Culpepper S., Janssen R., González J., Molenaar D. (eds) Quantitative Psychology. IMPS 2017. Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, vol 265. Springer, Cham.

Chen, P.-Y., Wu, W., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Kite, B. A., & Jia, F. (2019). Testing Measurement Invariance with Ordinal Missing Data: A Comparison of Estimators and Missing Data Techniques. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 1–15.

Garnier-Villarreal, M., Rhemtulla, M., & Little, T. D. (2014). Two-method planned missing designs for longitudinal research. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38(5), 411–422. doi:10.1177/0165025414542711



Pinto, D., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Barbas, J., Chang, S.-H., Charlifue, S., Field-Fote, E., Furbish, C., Tefertiller, C., Mummidisetty, C. K., Taylor, H., Jayaraman, A., & Heinemann, A. W. (2020). Budget impact analysis of robotic exoskeleton use for locomotor training following spinal cord injury in four SCI Model Systems. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 17(1), 4.

Tyacke, M., Guttormson, J. L., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Schroeter, K., & Peltier, W. (2019) Advance Directives and Intensity of Care Delivered to Hospitalized Older Adults at the End-Of-Life. Heart and Lung.

Cleland, B. T., Papanek, P., Ingraham, B. A., Harkins, A., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Woo, D., … V. Ng, A. (2019). Determinants of low bone mineral density in people with multiple sclerosis: Role of physical activity. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 101864.

Grau, P., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Wettemeck, C. (2019). An Analysis of the Latent Factor Structure of the PCL-5 in a PTSD Partial Hospitalization Program. Traumatology.

King, A. L., Garnier‐Villarreal, M., Simanek, A. M., & Johnson, N. L. (2019). Testing allostatic load factor structures among adolescents: A structural equation modeling approach. American Journal of Human Biology, 232–242.

Woda, A., Dreifuerst, K., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2019). The Impact of Supplemented Simulation on Newly Licensed Registered Nurses. Journal of Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

Hardy, T. M., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Ohlendorf, J. M., & McCarthy, D. O. (2019). Chronic Stress and Ovarian Function in Female Childhood Cancer Survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 46(3), 75–85.

Ohlendorf, J. M., Robinson, K., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2019). The impact of maternal BMI, gestational weight gain, and breastfeeding on early childhood weight: Analysis of a statewide WIC dataset. Preventive Medicine, 118, 210–215.

Ruekert Kobiske, K., Bekhet, A. K., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Frenn, M. (2018). Predeath Grief, Resourcefulness, and Perceived Stress Among Caregivers of Partners With Young-Onset Dementia. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 1–17.

Bekhet, A. K., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2018). Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of Cognitive-Behavioral Scales in Caregivers of Persons with Dementia. International Journal of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, 4(2).

Bekhet, A. K., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2018). Depression, positive thinking, personal and social resourcefulness among caregivers of persons with autism spectrum disorders. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 32(6), 823–827.

Valdivieso-Mora, E., Ivanisevic, M., Shaw, L. A., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Green, Z. D., Salazar-Villanea, M., … Johnson, D. K. (2018). Health-Related Quality of Life of Older Adults in Costa Rica as Measured by the Short-Form-36 Health Survey. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 4, 233372141878281.

Watts, A., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Gardiner, P. (2018). Measurement of Sitting Time in Older Adults With and Without Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, 1(2), 70–78.

Woda, A., Schnable, T., Alt-Gehrman, P., Bratt, M., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2018). Innovation in clinical course delivery and impact on students’ clinical decision making and competence.Nursing Education Perspectives. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000406

Hardy, T. M., Garnier-Villarreal, M., McCarthy, D. O., Anderson, R. A., & Reynolds, R. M. (2018). Exploring the Ovarian Reserve Within Health Parameters: A Latent Class Analysis. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 1–16.

Robinson, K., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Hanson, L. (2018). Effectiveness of CenteringPregnancy on Breast-Feeding Initiation Among African Americans: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 1.

Matel-Anderson, D. M., Bekhet, A. K., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2018). Mediating Effects of Positive Thinking and Social Supposrt on Suicide Resilience. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Sebern, M. D., Sulemanjee, N., Sebern, M. J., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Whitlatch, C. J. (2017). Does an intervention designed to improve self-management, social support and awareness of palliative-care address needs of persons with heart failure, family caregivers and clinicians? Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Bekhet, A. K., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2017). The Positive Thinking Skills Scale: A screening measure for early identification of depressive thoughts. Applied Nursing Research, 38, 5–8.

Harris, M. A., Donnellan, M. B., Guo, J., McAdams, D. P., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Trzesniewski, K. H. (2017). Parental Co-Construction of 5- to 13-Year-Olds’ Global Self-Esteem Through Reminiscing About Past Events. Child Development, 88(6), 1810–1822.

Shogren, K. A., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Lang, K., & Seo, H. (2017). Mediating Role of Self-Determination Constructs in Explaining the Relationship Between School Factors and Postschool Outcomes. Exceptional Children, 83(2), 165–180.

Valdivieso-Mora, E., Peet, C. L., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Salazar-Villanea, M., & Johnson, D. K. (2016). A Systematic Review of the Relationship between Familism and Mental Health Outcomes in Latino Population. Frontiers in Psychology, 7.

Salazar-Villanea, M., Liebmann, E., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Montenegro-Montenegro, E., & Johnson, D. K. (2015). Depressive Symptoms Affect Working Memory in Healthy Older Adult Hispanics. Journal of Depression and Anxiety, 04(04).

Johnson, D. K., Langford, Z., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Morris, J. C., & Galvin, J. E. (2016). Onset of Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson Disease: Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 30(2), 127–133.

Shogren, K. A., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Dowsett, C., & Little, T. D. (2014). Exploring Student, Family, and School Predictors of Self-Determination Using NLTS2 Data. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals. doi:10.1177/2165143414546685

Shogren, K. A., Kennedy, W., Dowsett, C., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Little, T. D. (2014). Exploring Essential Characteristics of Self-Determination for Diverse Students Using Data From NLTS2. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 37(3), 168–176.

Shogren, K. A., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2015). Developing student, family, and school constructs from NTLS2 data. The Journal of Special Education, 49(2), 89–103.

Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Conejo, L. D. (2014). Go/No-Go task. In T. Castelain & B. Marín (Eds.), Experimental Psychology: Foundations and Experimental Protocols for studying cognitive processes (pp. 87–99). San Jose, Costa Rica: Universidad de Costa Rica Press.

Garnier-Villarreal, M, Dinartes Bogantes, A. (2008) "Methodological Guide for the use of compact disc collection: 'Truth, justice and reparation', in the book: 'Latin American Experience, meeting victims'. " American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR). San José, Costa Rica

Honors and Awards

2018 Way-Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award. Knobloch-Fedders, L., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Magnus, B., “Development of an Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Advance Graduate-Level Research Training”. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Marquette University, $20,000 (July 2018 – June 2019)


National Institute of Health (NIH)/ Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) R21: 1R21HD095320-01. Hanson, L. (PI), VandeVusse, L, Safdar, N., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. The efficacy of Probiotics to Reduce Antepartum Group B Streptococcus Colonization. July 2018-June 2020. Role: Co-Investigator, data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant

National League for Nursing, Education Grants. Young-Brice, A. (PI), Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Dreifuerst, K. Grit as a predictor of academic success among associate degree nursing students. July 2018 – July 2020. Role: Co-Investigator, data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant

CTSI, Marquette University. Johnson, N. (PI), Lerret, S., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Ahamed, S., Dobrozsi, S., & Gibson, C. Peds THINk (Transition to Home INtervention): Nursing Interventions to Improve Discharge Outcomes. April 2018 – May 2019. Role: Co-Investigator, data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

Sigma Theta Tau International/Chamberlain College. Woda, A. (PI), Hansen, J., Dreifuerst, K., Anderson, P., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. Exploring the Impact of Simulation on Knowledge Gain Regarding the Care of the Patient with Diabetes. November 2017 – October 2018. Role: Co-Investigator, data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Gamma At-Large Chapter. King, A (PI). Understanding Relationships Between Early Life Toxic Stress, Childhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage, and Allostatic Load in Adolescence. January 2018 – June 2018. Role: data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Wisconsin Cgapter. King, A (PI). Understanding Relationships Between Early Life Toxic Stress, Childhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage, and Allostatic Load in Adolescence. January 2018 – June 2018. Role: data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

Haglund, K., Belknap, R. A., Edwards, L., Garcia, J. T., Garnier-Villarreal, M., "Changing responses to dating violence precursor behaviors: An action research project for girls of color and their partners". Sponsored by Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant, Marquette University. (April 2017 - June 2019). Role: Co-Investigator, data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant

Regner Grant, Marquette University College of Nursing. Sebern, M (Principal). iPad Enhanced Shared Care Intervention for Partners Pilot test. 7/1/16-6/30/17. Role: data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

Regular Research Grant, Marquette University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Sebern, M (Principal). iPad Enhanced Shared Care Partners Intervention. Optimization and Usability Test. 1/8/15-12/31/2015. Role: data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

Fogarty International Center, R21TW009665 - Johnson, J. K., PhD (Principal). & Garnier-Villareal, M. (GRA) June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2016. Epidemiology and Development of Alzheimer's Disease in Healthy Aging Costa Ricans. Low and middle income nations will experience an unprecedented growth of the elderly population and subsequent increase in age related neurological disorders. This grant tests low cost strategies for promoting healthy brain aging and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease in rural and urban Costa Rica. Roles: Project leader, data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

Planned Missing Research Designs: Power and Validity of Planned Missing Data Designs in Longitudinal Research. Co-PIs: Wei Wu, Todd D. Little. Funded by: National Science Foundation (1053160). Roles: Project leader, data analyst.

Shogren, K. A. (2010). Exploring the predictors and outcomes of self-determination for secondary students with disabilities by analyzing NLTS2 data (U.S. Dept. of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Special Education Research Grants, Secondary and Transition Services, CFDA# 84.324A). Role: Data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

MJFox Foundation Clinical Translation Award - Johnson, D. K. (Consulting Neuropsychologist), & Galvin, J. (Principal).  08/15/2011 – 06/30/2016.  Defining Cognitive Phenotypes of Parkinson’s Disease:  Translational research in Parkinson’s disease targeting early diagnostic signs of the disease and identify specific biomarkers of cognitive decline.  Role: Data analyst, statistical and methodological consultant.

Software Proficiency

Contribute to the R package: semTools, blavaan

General statistical packages: R, SPSS

Structural Equation Modeling: lavaan, Mplus, OpenMx, Amos

Bayesian modeling languages: Stan, JAGS, OpenBUGS/WinBUGS

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