Christopher Desjardins, Ph.D., Associate Scientist

Education & Training

B.S. (Summa Cum Laude), 2002
University of Maine, Orono ME

M.S., 2012
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

Ph.D., 2013
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
Quantitative Methods in Education

Dr. Christopher Desjardins is currently an Associate Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Saint Michael’s College. Dr. Desjardins received a PhD in Quantitative Methods in Education from the Department of Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and a MS in Statistics from the University of Minnesota in 2012. He completed a post-doc at the University of Iceland in ecosystem modeling/statistics, where he implemented a large-scale ecosystem model for the Icelandic waters. He has worked as a Research Associate at the Research Methodology Consulting Center and the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota. He is a committed interdisciplinary researcher with interests in applied statistics, statistics education, data visualization, and programming in R. He recently published a book on psychometrics and R titled “Handbook of Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Using R” and is currently working on a book on big data in R.

Current Projects

Predictors of Positive Adaptation in High Risk and Trauma Impacted Youth: The Role of Executive Function and Regulation


07/01/19 - 06/30/21


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


Active and Not Recruiting


Principal Investigator
Christopher Desjardins

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Perry, N. B., Parenteau, A. M., Donzella, B., Desjardins, C. D., & Gunnar, M. R. (In Press). Emotion regulation and cortisol reactivity during a social evaluative stressor: A study of post-institutionalized youth. Developmental Psychobiology.

Sturludottir, E, Desjardins, C. D., Elvarsson, B., Fulton, E. A., Logeman, K. & Stefansson, G. (2018). End-to-end model of Icelandic waters using the Atlantis framework: Exploring system dynamics and model reliability. Fisheries Research, 207, 9 - 24.

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Desjardins, C. D., & Bulut, O. (2018). Handbook of Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Using R. CRC Press.

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Stice, E. & Desjardins, C. D. (2018). Interactions between risk factors in the prediction of onset of eating disorders: Exploratory hypothesis generating analyses. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 105, 52 - 62.

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Schleisman, K. B., Guzey, S. S., Lie, R., Michlin, M., Desjardins, C. D., Shackleton, H. S., Schwerdfeger, A. C., Michalowski, M., & Dubinsky, J. (2018). Learning neuroscience with technology: A sca ffolded, active learning approach. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 27, 566-580.

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Rohde, P., Desjardins, C. D., Arigo, D., Shaw, H., & Stice, E. (2018). Mediators of two selective prevention interventions targeting both obesity and eating disorders. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 106, 8 - 17.

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Leneman, K. B., Donzella, B., Desjardins, C. D., Miller, B. S., & Gunnar, M. R. (2018). The slope of cortisol from awakening to 30 min post-wake in post-institutionalized children and early adolescents. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 96, 93-99.

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Christ, T. J. & Desjardins, C. D. (2017). Curriculum-based measurement of reading: An evaluation of frequentist and Bayesian methods to model progress monitoring data. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 36(1), 55 - 73.

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Reid, B., Miller, B., Dorn, L., Desjardins, C. D., Donzella, B., & Gunnar, M. R. (2017). Early-growth faltering in post-institutionalized youth and later anthropometric and pubertal development. Pediatric Research, 82(2), 278 - 874.

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Labella, M. H., Narayan, A. J., McCormick, C. M., Desjardins, C. D., & Masten, A. S. (2017). Risk and adversity, parenting quality, and children's social-emotional adjustment in families experiencing homelessness. Child Development; Jan;90(1):227-244.

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Desjardins, C. D. (2016). Modeling zero-inflated and over-dispersed count data: An empirical study of school suspensions. Journal of Experimental Education, 84 (3), 449 - 472.

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Nyamweya, C. S., Desjardins, C. D., Sigurdsson, S., Tomasson, T, Taabu-Munyaho, & Stefansson, G. (2016). Simulation of Lake Victoria circulation patterns using regional ocean modeling system (ROMS). PLoS ONE, 11(3), e0151272.

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Amador, J., Kimmons, R., Miller, B., Desjardins, C. D., & Hall, C. (2015). Preparing preservice teachers to become self-reflective of their own technology integration practices. In M. Niess & H. Gillow-Wiles (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Teacher Education in the Digital Age. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Kimmons, R., Miller, B., Amador, J., Desjardins, C. D., and Hall, C. (2015). Technology integration coursework and fi nding meaning in pre-service teachers' reflective practice. Educational Technology & Development, 63(6), 809 - 829.

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Bowe, A., Desjardins, C. D., Covington-Clarkson, L., & Lawrenz, F. (2015). Urban elementary single-sex math classrooms: Mitigating stereotype threat for African American girls. Urban Education, 1 - 30.

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Cutuli, J. J., Desjardins C. D., Herbers, J. E., Long, J. D., Heistad, D., Chan, C.-K., Hinz, E., & Masten, A. S. (2013). Academic Achievement Trajectories of Homeless and Highly Mobile Students: Resilience in the Context of Chronic and Acute Risk. Child Development, 84(3), 841 - 857.

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Klimes-Dougan, B., Desjardins, C. D., James, M. G., Narayan, A., Long, J., Cullen, K. R., Gold,P. W. & Martinez, P. P. (2013). The development of thought problems: A family risk study of off spring of bipolar parents. Development and Psychopathology, 25(4), 1079 - 1091.

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Masten, A. S., Herbers, J. E., Desjardins, C. D., Cutuli, J. J., McCormick, C. M., Sapienza, J. K., Long, J. D., & Zelazo, P. D. (2012). Executive function skills and school success in young children experiencing homelessness.  Educational Researcher, 41(9), 375 - 384.

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Lawrenz, F., & Desjardins, C. D. (2011). Trends in government-funded multi-site K-12 Science program evaluation. In B. Fraser, K. Tobin, & C. McRobbie (Eds.), Second international handbook of science education. Springer.

Liou, P., Desjardins, C. D., & Lawrenz, F. (2010). Influence of scholarships on STEM teachers: Cluster analysis and characteristics. School Science and Mathematics, 110(3), 128 - 143.

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Masten, A., Desjardins, C. D., McCormick, C., Kuo, S., & Long, J. D. (2010). The signi ficance of childhood competence and problems for adult success in work: A developmental cascade analysis. Development and Psychopathology, 22(3), 679 - 694.

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Masten, A., Long, J. D., Kuo, S., McCormick, C., & Desjardins, C. D. (2009). Developmental models of strategic intervention. European Journal of Developmental Science, 3(3), 282 - 291.

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2017 - present
Associate Scientist, Statistician
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene Oregon

2018 - present
2015 - 2017
Research Associate, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2013 - 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher
Science Institute
University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

2008 - 2012
Research Fellowship, Minnesota Interdisciplinary Training in Education Research
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2010 - Present
Independent Statistical Consultant
Minneapolis, Minnesota