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Office: 150-F MCKB
Dr. Larsen received his undergraduate and masters degree in statistics at BYU. He furthered his education by studying Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Research and Measurement at Texas A & M where he got his PhD. He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher and researcher scientist at the University of Virginia and as an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He, his wife, and his four children are delighted to be back in Provo working for BYU.
One of my primary strengths is enthusiasm in the teaching of statistics. It is truly exciting to share my knowledge with others so they, too, can analyze data and make decisions based on data. Statistics can be fun when taught well, and this can relieve the anxiety that many students enter the class with.
My research encompasses much of what confronts a social scientist when they are analyzing data and validating theory. Two defining themes that motivate my research are: (a) common methodological social science issues and (b) comprehensive structural equation modeling.