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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Charles S. Reichardt

Dr. Reichardt is not interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2021.

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • statistics
  • research methods
  • teaching critical thinking

Current research and projects

  • Quasi-experimentation
  • Teaching critical thinking

Professional biography

I'm a methodologist and statistician. My research focuses on the logic and practice of causal inference in both laboratory and field settings. I'm particularly interested in quasi-experimentation. Like my research, my teaching focuses more on the logic and practice of statistical procedures than on their mathematical derivation.


  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1979
  • MA, Northwestern University, 1975
  • BA, Northwestern University, 1973

Selected Publications

  • Reichardt, C. S. (2011). Evaluating Methods for Estimating Program Effects. American Journal of Evaluation, 32, 246-272.
  • Reichardt, C. S. (2011). Criticisms of and an alternative to the Shadish, Cook and Campbell Validity Typology. In Chen, H. T., Donaldson, S. I, & Mark, M. M. (eds.). Advancing validity in outcome evaluation: Theory and practice, New Directions for Evaluation, no. 130, pp. 43-53.
  • Reichardt, C. S. (2011). Commentary: Are three waves of data sufficient for assessing mediation? Multivariate Behavioral Research, 46, 842-851.
  • Reichardt, C. S. & Henry, G. T. (2012). Regression-discontinuity designs. In Cooper, H. (Ed.). APA handbook of research methods in psychology. (pp. 511-526). Washington D.C: American Psychological Association.
  • Reichardt, C. S. & Saari, I. A. (2015). When don't the highly educated believe in evolution? The Bible-believer effect. Skeptical Inquirer, 39, 42-45.
  • Reichardt, C. S. (2015). Quasi-experiments. In Scott, R. A. & Kosslyn, S. M. (Eds.). Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Reichardt, C. S. (2016). Trends in scientific knowledge, education, and religion. Skeptical Inquirer, 40, 42-45.
  • Reichardt, C. S. (in press). Another ground rule. Observational Studies.