Casper Albers

Professor in Applied Statistics and Data Visualisation
Heymans Institute for Psychological Research
University of Groningen

About me

I am professor (adjunct hoogleraar in Dutch) in applied statistics and data visualisation. I'm part of the psychometrics and statistics group at the Heymans Institute for Psychological Research of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen.

I've attained MSc (1998) and PhD (2003) degrees in mathematical statistics at the University of Groningen and was PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the Groningen Bioinformatics Centre and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of The Open University.

I am elected member of the International Statistical Institute, treasurer of the International Association of Statistical Computing (IASC), president of the Social Sciences section of the Dutch Statistical Society (VVS-OR) and elected member of the University Council.


Research Interests

My main research interests concerns (1) statistical modelling of psychological processes, with applications in clinical psychology and environmental psychology; (2) the interplay between statistics and science communication. Full details can be found here.

Recent published research

Mandy van der Gaag, Saskia Kunnen, Casper Albers (2017). Micro-level mechanisms of identity development: the role of emotional experiences in commitment development. Developmental Psychology.

Tanja Krone, Casper Albers and Marieke Timmerman (2016). Bayesian dynamic modelling to assess differential treatment effects on panic attack frequencies. Statistical Modelling, 16(5): 343-359.

Casper Albers and Daniel Lakens (2018). When power analyses based on pilot data are biased: Inaccurate effect size estimators and follow-up bias. Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, 74, 187-195.

Casper Albers (2015). Dutch research funding, gender bias and Simpson's paradox. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

All research outputs

Please follow the links for complete overviews of all my publications, presentations and published software.


Over the years, I have taught and constructed a wide range of courses. The level of the courses varies from bachelor to postgraduate, the audience includes students from psychology, biology and mathematics. An automatically generated overview of my teaching duties in my current affiliation can be found here.


Visiting address: 
Heymansgebouw Room 231
Grote Kruisstraat 2/1
9712 TS Groningen
Telephone: +31 50 363 8239
Office Hours:  by appointment only.

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