Matt L. Miller, Ph.D.
University of California at Davis
- Degree: Ph.D. in Psychology, November 2019
- Honors: Provost’s Fellowship, 2013
- Advisor: Jeffrey C. Schank, Ph.D.
University of California at Davis
- Degree: B.S. in Psychology, June 2010
- Summa cum laude
- Dean’s List, Fall 2008 – Spring 2010
- Senior Honors Thesis: Creation of the American Mythos Ideology Scale (Chairperson: Kevin J. Grimm, Ph.D.)
Programmer, University of California at Davis
- Full-time position, December 2011 – October 2013
- Duties: Created an agent-based model of waterfowl foraging behavior; developed theoretical basis for model with research team; developed environmental inputs to model with external agencies; created statistical analyses of results; and principle author of published results.
- Supervisor: John M. Eadie, Principal Investigator
Lab Manager, Junior Specialist, University of California at Davis
- Full-time position, September 2010 – December 2011
- Duties: Development of agent-based models of animal and human behavior; design and development of computer systems for mode simulations; statistical analysis of results; co-authoring of research results; and responsibility for operation of lab including protocols, documentation, training, and administration of hybrid computer and animal research lab, directly reporting to the principal investigator.
- Supervisor: Jeffrey C. Schank, Principal Investigator
Senior Research Assistant, University of California at Davis
- Part-time position, June 2009 – June 2012
- Duties: Collaborated in development of research hypotheses, instruments, and experimental methods with principal investigator, recruitment and management of research assistants, recruitment of participants, administration of self-report survey and participant debriefing, data coding, data analysis, and co-authoring of final research report.
- Supervisor: Kevin A. McLemore, M.A., Principal Investigator
Mental Health Worker II, Safe Harbor Crisis House, Yolo County Care Continuum, Woodland, California
- Part-time position, August 2009 – July 2012
- Duties: Provision of direct services to clients including assessment, development of treatment plans, one-on-one counseling, facilitation of groups, medication maintenance and delivery, discharge planning, and psychiatric case management; milieu management including supervision of activities of daily living, social reintegration activity planning and implementation, and crisis prevention and mitigation; program tasks including client transport, documentation, and facility upkeep.
- Supervisor: Alexandra Teter, M.F.T.I., Associate Program Director
Research Assistant, Shamatha Project at the Center for Mind and Brain, University of California at Davis
- Part-time position, November 2008 - June 2009
- Duties: Reduction of video surveillance of subjects during behavioral tasks for Facial Action Coding System analysis; assistance in evaluation of computerized Response Inhibition Task and masked facial affect recognition task; training of new research assistant interns.
- Supervisor: Brandon King, B.A., Junior Specialist
Group Therapy Facilitation Intern, Harm Reduction Therapy Center/Tenderloin Health, San Francisco, California
- Part-time position, September 2007 - September 2008
- Duties: Facilitated a therapeutic group for marginally-housed and substance-using clients; general support of mental health team at day program for marginally housed individuals.
- Supervisor: Jeannie Little, L.C.S.W., Exec. Director & Program Manager
Research Intern, Harm Reduction Therapy Center, San Francisco, California
- Part-time position, August 2006 - September 2008
- Duties: Creation of a treatment outcomes research instrument with Patt Denning, Ph.D. and Jeannie Little, L.C.S.W; administration of this instrument in interview form to clients at community mental health programs.
- Supervisor: Patt Denning, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services
Membership in Professional Associations
Association for Psychological Science, Graduate Student Affiliate, 2013 - 2016
American Psychological Association, Student Associate, 2006 – 2011; Graduate Student Associate, Division 5, 2018
Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Student Member, 2010
Western Psychological Association, Student Member, 2008 - 2009
Scholarships & Grants
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014, $132,000
University of California at Davis Provost’s Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2013, $40,387
University of California at Davis University Grant, 2009, $11,493
University of California at Davis Entering Undergraduate Scholarship, 2008, $10,870
Summer Research Fellowship, University of California Psychology Dept., 2018, $6,000
James & Leta Fulmor Scholarship, 2009, $3,750
MASON Conference and Workshop Invitee Award, 2013, $1,000
University of California at Davis Campus Fee Grant, 2009, $630
University of California at Davis Campus Fee Grant, 2008, $630
Graduate Student Association Spring Travel Award, 2014, $500
William F. Dukes Fund in Psychology Travel Award, 2014, $500
Society for Personality and Social Psychology Diversity Fund Undergraduate, Registration Award, 2010, $200
- Schank, J. C., Miller, M. L., and Smaldino, P. E. (Preprint, 2017). The evolution of fair offers with low rejection thresholds in the ultimatum game. doi:10.1101/162313
- Miller, M. L., and Ferrer, E. (2017). The effect of sampling-time variation on latent growth curve models. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 24, 831-854.
- Miller, M. L., Ringelman, K. M., Eadie, J. M., and Schank, J. C. (2017). Time to fly: A comparison of marginal value theorem approximations in an agent-based model of foraging waterfowl. Ecological Modelling, 351, 77-86.
- Schank, J. C., Smaldino, P. E., & Miller, M. L. (2015). Evolution of fairness in the dictator game by multilevel selection. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 382, 64-73.
- Miller, M. L., Ringelman, K. M., Schank, J. C., and Eadie, J. M. (2014). SWAMP: An agent-based model as a conservation management tool. Simulation, 90, 52-68.
- Payette, N., Bujorianu, M., Ropella, G., Cline, K., Schank, J., Miller, M. … Wei, E. (2013). Future MASON directions: Community Recommendations (Report of the 2013 MASON NSF Workshop) (GMU-CS-TR-2013-9). Retrieved from George Mason University, Department of Computer Science, Volgenau School of Engineering website: http://cs.gmu.edu/~tr-admin/papers/GMU-CS-TR-2013-9.pdf
- Miller, M. L. (2017, June 25 – 2017, July 7). Invited participant to Advanced Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM.
- Miller, M. L. (2016, June 26 – 2016, July 8). Invited participant to Advanced Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM.
- Miller, M. L. (2014, June 22 – 2014, July 4). Invited participant to Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM.
- Miller, M. L. and Schank, J. C. (2013, June). Agent-based models of wildlife and human behavior at UCDavis. Invited presentation at the MASON Conference and Workshop, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
- Miller, M. L. & Ferrer, E. (2018, August). Sampling-time heterogeneity in latent growth-curve models. Presentation in symposium Considering Measurement and Process Heterogeneity: Its Implications, Pervasiveness, and Detection at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
- Miller, M. L. & Ferrer, E. (2015, April). The effect of sampling-time variation on latent growth curve model fit. Presentation in continuing education symposium A Survey Course in Quantitative Research and Its Applications in Psychology at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV.
- McLemore, K. A., Miller, M. L., and Herek, G. M. (2010, January). The relation between ambivalent sexism, self-stigma, and attitudes about marriage equality in sexual minorities. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.
- Miller, M. L. (2010). Creation of the American Mythos Ideology Scale. Unpublished senior honors thesis. University of California, Davis, CA.
- Miller, M. L., & Ferrer, E. (In prep). Sampling-time variation, efficiency, and latent basis bias in latent curve models.
- Miller, M. L. (Research in progress). The Davis Beer Shoppe problem: Revisiting the classic game-theory problem with smartphone information.
- Miller, M. L. (Research in progress). Decision-making, cooperation, and coordination: An agent-based modeling approach.
Reviewer, Adaptive Behavior
Reviewer, Evolution & Human Behavior
Reviewer, Journal of Positive Psychology
Reviewer, Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal
Reviewer, Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling
Reviewer, 2014-2017 Student Research Award, Association for Psychological Science
Reviewer, 2010 Student Poster Award, Society of Personality and Social Psychology
Diversity Committee, 2016-2018, Psychology Student Association, University of California at Davis
Statement of Professional Interests
Broadly, my interests encompass models of cognition and behavior. I am specifically interested in agent-based models of social and ecological behavior and decision making, particularly of systems of cooperation and coordination. I am also interested in quantitative models of change over time, of complex and emergent processes, and of inter- and intra-individual differences.