Yusuke Shono

Yusuke Shono is an assistant professor in the School of Community and Global Health (SCGH) at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to joining the SCGH faculty, Shono was a research assistant professor in the Outcomes and Measurement Science Hub within the Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSM). He received his PhD in Health Promotion Sciences with a concentration in neurocognitive sciences from Claremont Graduate University. He subsequently completed an NIAAA postdoctoral fellowship in alcohol research at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and held a research scientist position at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. He also earned his MA in Psychology (experimental cognition) from the City College of New York at the City University of New York and worked as a research statistician at the Hawai`i State Department of Health.

Shono’s broad research interests center around the intersection of neurocognitive science, health behaviors, cognitive and health outcomes, and applied psychometrics and statistics. His primary research seeks to understand different classes of cognitive processes (e.g., implicit cognition, memory, executive functions, processing speed) and their relations to health behaviors (e.g., substance use, risky sex, physical activity) and health outcomes (e.g., mild cognitive impairment, dementia, physical functioning, depression). Another area of his research focus is applied psychometric investigations using classical and modern test theory to better address and understand measurement and psychometric issues pertaining to measures of cognition and health behaviors and outcomes. He is presently working on projects collaborating with NUFSM on validating and improving the NIH Toolbox Cognitive Battery (and its variant cognitive measures), which is used nationwide in medical practice to measure cognitive functioning and other medical outcomes (e.g., early indicators of cognitive impairment). As a senior data analyst, consultant statistician, and co-investigator, he has provided analytic, psychometric, and methodological support on numerous NIAAA, NIDA, NIA, and NIMHD and other national and international research projects.

At CGU, Shono teaches applied statistics classes required of MPH and doctoral students, provides statistical and methodological support and consultation to SCGH faculty and students, and serves as co-director of the Master of Science in Applied Statistics program.

Co-authored with K. P. Lindgren, et al. “Disentangling the within- and between-person aspects of implicit alcohol associations on hazardous drinking.” Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology (2022). [Electronic publication ahead of print]. doi:10.1037/pha0000552

Co-authored with B. P. Flaherty. “Many Classes, Restricted Measurement (MACREM) models for improved measurement of activities of daily living.” Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology 9, no. 2 (2021): 231-256. doi:10.1093/jssam/smaa047

Co-authored with L. A. Nydegger and A. W. Stacy. “Translation of basic research in cognitive science to HIV-risk: A randomized controlled trial.” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 42 (2019): 440-451. doi:10.1007/s10865-018-9999-3

Co-authored with A. W. Stacy, et al. “Trajectories of cannabis-related associative memory among vulnerable adolescents: Psychometric and longitudinal evaluations.” Developmental Psychology 54, no. 6 (2018): 1148-1158. doi:10.1037/dev0000510

Co-authored with S. L. Ames and A. W. Stacy. “Evaluation of internal validity using modern test theory: Application to word association.” Psychological Assessment 28, no. 2 (2016): 194-204. doi:10.1037/pas0000175

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