Kentaro Hayashi, Faculty, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Kentaro Hayashi

Associate Professor
Office: Sakamaki D403
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-2846
Email: hayashik@hawaii.edu


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Background

Initially, when I was an undergraduate student, I wanted to be a clinical psychologist because I was interested in psychopathology and also learning about myself more deeply. Especially, I liked Carl Jung's analytical psychology. My clinical advisor when I was a graduate student happened to be also a quantitative psychologist (an academic descendant of one of the coauthors who created MMPI). So, as I interacted with him, I became interested in quantitative psychology. When I was a teenager, my teachers all predicted that I would become a social science teacher in the future. I used to love history and geography. So, I perceive my current profession as an educator as a natural extension of my young years (though the subjects I teach are different from their predictions!)

Education

  • PhD, Quantitative Psychology (Psychometrics), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory), 1997
  • MA, Experimental Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Miami University (Ohio), 1991
  • BA, Educational Psychology, International Christian University, Japan, 1987

Courses

  • PSY 225: Statistical Techniques
  • PSY 610: Introduction to Regression
  • PSY 611: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Related Methods
  • PSY 613: Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models (SEM)
  • PSY 619: Analysis of Multilevel Models and Longitudinal Data
  • PSY 719: Research in Psychometrics

Research

I have been studying statistical methods called multivariate analysis using covariance (or correlation) matrix, especially techniques called factor analysis and its extension, structural equation models (SEM). Factor analysis has played a major role in the developments of personality theories. My dissertation dealt with Bayesian factor analysis. Then, my supervisor when I was a postdoc was a famous researcher on SEN. Influenced by him, I started to study SEM, too. These days, multivariate analysis has changed drastically because people have an access to high-dimensional data in which the number of variables is very large. Consequently, one of my current research interests focuses on the behavior of factor analysis under high dimensional data.