James is a doctoral student in quantitative psychology at the University of California, Merced. He received a B.A. in psychology in 2009 and a Master’s in social psychology in 2011 from Humboldt State University. His research interests include developing and applying Bayesian methods to multilevel and latent variable models. More specifically, his current research focuses on understanding factors that lead to successful analysis of multilevel structural equation models and categorical latent variable models from a Bayesian estimation framework.