Timothy R. Brick, PhD

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Timothy R. Brick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. His work focuses on the application of modern technology and computational methods in the study of processes of interaction and change across the lifespan. Quantitatively, his work focuses has several foci, including novel applications and developments of multivariate techniques like Structural Equation Modeling using the OpenMx software for Extended Structural Equation Modeling, large-scale analysis of longitudinal brain processes using fMRI and EEG, with a specific focus on dyadic, interactive, and longitudinal methods. Substantively, he studies interpersonal interaction, specifically in conversation, and the interplay of emotional facial expressions during real-life conversational interactions. Technologically, he focuses on machine learning and computer vision methods to support his substantive and quantitative interests, including computer-vision methods for studying facial expression in natural and videoconference conversation, and privacy-preserving methods for large-scale distributed data analysis.


Brick, T. R., Gray, A. L., & Staples, A. D.. (2017). Recurrence Quantification for the Analysis of Coupled Processes in Aging. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 73(1), 134 - 147. presented at the Jun-09-2017. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx018
Brick, T. R., Koffer, R., Gerstorf, D., & Ram, N.. (2017). Feature Selection Methods for Optimal Design of Studies for Developmental Inquiry. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 73(1), 113 - 123. presented at the Jun-02-2017. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx008
Hu, Q., Bezawada, S., Gray, A. L., Tucker, C., & Brick, T. R.. (2016). Exploring the Link Between Task Complexity and Students’ Affective States During Engineering Laboratory Activities. In ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering. Charlotte, North Carolina, USA: ASME. doi:10.1115/DETC2016-59757
Brinberg, M., Ram, N., Hülür, G., Brick, T. R., & Gerstorf, D.. (2016). Analyzing Dyadic Data Using Grid-Sequence Analysis: Interdyad Differences in Intradyad Dynamics. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, gbw160. presented at the May-12-2018. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw160
Boker, S. M., Brick, T. R., Pritikin, J. N., Wang, Y., von Oertzen, T., Brown, D., et al.. (2015). Maintained Individual Data Distributed Likelihood Estimation (MIDDLE). Multivariate Behavioral Research, 50(6), 706 - 720. presented at the Feb-11-2015. doi:10.1080/00273171.2015.1094387