Nisha C. Gottfredson, PhD

Assistant Professor Department of Health Behavior
Faculty Affiliate Center for Developmental Science

T:(919) 445-9385

319C Rosenau Hall

CB #7440

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Gottfredson is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and a quantitative psychologist.

She applies and develops statistical models used for understanding processes that unfold within individuals over time. She specializes in modeling nested data structures (e.g., multilevel and structural equation models), mixture models and psychometric measurement. Her current applied research examines self-regulatory methods used during addiction recovery and unpacks the nature of co-morbidity across substance use disorders and eating disorders.

Representative Courses

HBEH 761 Generalized Linear Models with Health Behavior Applications | Syllabus

Teaching Interests

Courses taught previously:

Two-semester Graduate Statistics Introduction (Univariate, Bivariate, and Multivariate Statistics; Regression), Psychology Department, UNC-CH

Multilevel Modeling, Psychology Department, Duke University

Future courses at UNC-CH:

HBEH762 Multilevel Modeling with Health Behavior Applications

Research Activities

Dr. Gottfredson is currently involved in data collection for two studies of addiction recovery. Information about the Electronic Study of Affect Regulation (eSTAR) can be found here and information about STAR Moms can be found here.

Key Publications

The Role of Parental Engagement in the Intergenerational Transmission of Smoking Behavior and Identity. Gottfredson N. C., Hussong A.M., Ennett S.T., and Rothenberg W. A. (2016). Journal of Adolescent Health.

Explicating the Conditions Under Which Multilevel Multiple Imputation Mitigates Bias Resulting from Random Coefficient-Dependent Missing Longitudinal Data. Gottfredson N. C., Sterba S. K., Jackson K.M. (2017). Prevention Science, 18(1), 12-19.

Sample Size Considerations in Prevention Research Applications of Multilevel Modeling and Structural Equation Modeling. Hoyle R.H., Gottfredson N. C. (2015). Prevention Science, 16(7), 987-96.


PhD, Psychology (Quantitative), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

MA, Psychology (Quantitative), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008

BA, Psychology and Mathematics, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, CA, 2006