J·S·Steele

Assistant Professor of Quantitative  

& Developmental Psychology  


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Where to start? Well, I am a California boy born and raised. Out of high school I joined the California Conservation Corps (one of the best experiences of my life). After the CCC I was able to put myself through school and eventually graduated with a B.S. in Biology from CSU, Sacramento.

For a time I had a career as a web application developer. This was during the "dot-com" boom and subsequent bust. It was a good experience and gave me the opportunity to become fluent in a number of programming languages. It was during this time that I became familiar with managing data, a skill which would serve later me well.

I began working in research at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute in 2005 as a programmer III. There was no such thing as a data scientist then, but in retrospect that is exactly what I was. I entered graduate school in 2007 at UC, Davis where I studied Quantitative Psychology. My advising team consisted of Emilio Ferrer, Kevin Grimm, & Keith Widaman. Most recently I've joined the faculty in the Psychology department at Portland State University.



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