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Scott Masten

Scott V. Masten is an Assistant Professor with appointments in the Psychology, Public Policy, and Law PhD Program at the Virtual Campus of Alliant International University (AIU) and the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at the California School of Professional Psychology of AIU, Sacramento.

Scott has been teaching graduate and undergraduate research methods and statistics courses for two decades at various institutions, including AIU, William Jessup University, Sacramento City College, and California State University (CSU), Sacramento.

He has a multidisciplinary background, with an Injury Epidemiology PhD from the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill and Experimental Psychology MA from CSU, Sacramento. As a result, he is skilled in a diverse array of statistical techniques including ARIMA time series analysis, logistic regression, Cox proportional hazards survival analysis, generalized linear modeling, factor analysis, ANOVA/MANOVA covariate models, non-parametric techniques, meta-analysis, power analysis, and psychometric reliability and validity.

He also has two decades of applied research and program evaluation experience from working at the Hospital Quality Institute, the Office of AIDS of the California Department of Public Health, the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and the Research and Development Branch of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, along with consulting work for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Safety Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public and private organizations.

Professional Interests
  • Unintended Consequences
  • Hospital Quality
  • Patient Safety
  • DUIs
  • Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • Teen Drivers
  • Infectious Disease
  • Prions
  • Psychometrics
Education and Certifications
  • Epidemiology PhD (Injury Prevention), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Psychology MA (Experimental), California State University, Sacramento
  • Psychology BA, California State University, Sacramento
  • Research Methods & Statistics I/II
  • Forensic Program Evaluation
  • Data Analysis, Research Design & Program Evaluation I/I
  • Advanced Statistics I/II
  • Research Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Foundations of Psychological Research I
  • Methods of Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Masten, S. V., Thomas, F. D., Korbelak, K. T., Peck, R. C., & Blomberg, R. D. (2015, November). "Meta-analysis of graduated driver licensing laws." (Report No. DOT HS 812 211). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Chapman, E.A., Oulad Daoud, S., & Masten, S.V. (2015). "General Deterrent Evaluation of the Ignition Interlock Pilot Program in California (Report No. 247)." Sacramento, CA: Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Chapman, E.A., Masten, S.V., & Browning, K.K. (2014). "Crash and traffic violation rates before and after licensure for novice California drivers subject to different driver licensing requirements." Journal of Safety Research, 50, 125–138.
  • Masten, S.V., Chapman, E.A., Atkinson, D.B., & Browning, K.K. (2014). "Non-compliance with graduated driver licensing (GDL) requirements: Changes in GDL-related conviction rates over time among 16–17-year-old California drivers." Accident Analysis and Prevention, 72, 230–243.
  • Parrish, K.E., & Masten. (2014). "The problem of suspended and revoked drivers who avoid detection at checkpoints." Traffic Injury Prevention, 16(2), 1–7.
  • Masten, S.V., & Guenzburger, G.V. (2014). "Changes in driver cannabinoid prevalence in 12 U.S. states after implementing medical marijuana laws." Journal of Safety Research, 50, 35–52.
  • Limrick, K.J., & Masten, S.V. (2014). "Randomized trial of an official contact letter intended to increase proper licensure among unlicensed motorcycle owners." Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 23, 165–172.
  • Masten, S.V., & Peck, R.C. (2013). "Problem driver remediation: A meta-analysis of the driver improvement literature (reprint)." Journal of Safety Research “100 years,” 35, 667–690.
  • Masten, S.V., Foss R.D., & Marshall, S.W. (2013). "Graduated driver licensing component calibrations and their association with fatal crash involvement." Accident Analysis and Prevention, 57, 105–113.
  • O’Brien, N.P., Foss, R.D., Goodwin, A.H., & Masten, S.V. (2012). "Supervised hours requirements in graduated driver licensing: Effectiveness and parental awareness." Accident Analysis and Prevention, 50, 330–335.
  • Tashima, H.N., & Masten, S.V. (2012). "Factors associated with variation in DUI conviction rates among California counties (Report No. 235)." Sacramento, CA: Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Masten, S.V., Foss R.D., & Marshall, S.W. (2011). "Graduated driver licensing and fatal crashes involving 16- to 19-year-old drivers." Journal of the American Medical Association, 306(10), 1098–1103.
  • Masten, S.V., & Foss R. (2010). "Long-term effect of the North Carolina graduated driver licensing system on licensed driver crash incidence: A 5-year survival analysis." Accident Analysis and Prevention, 42, 1647–1652.
  • Zegeer, C.V., Blomberg, R., Henderson, D., Masten, S.V., Marchetti, L., Levy, M.M., Fan, Y., Sandt, L., Brown, A., Stutts, J., & Thomas, L. (2008). "Evaluation of Miami-Dade Pedestrian Safety Demonstration Project." Transportation Research Record, 2073, 1–10. DOI: 10.3141/2073-01.
  • Masten, S.V. (2007). "Do states upgrading to primary enforcement of safety belt laws experience increased daytime and nighttime belt use?" Accident Analysis and Prevention, 39, 1131–1139.
  • Margolis, L.H., Masten, S.V., & Foss, R.D. (2007). "The effects of graduated driver licensing on hospitalization rates and charges for 16 and 17 year-olds in North Carolina." Traffic Injury Prevention, 8, 35–38.
  • Marshall, S., Richardson, D., & Masten, S.V. (2006). "Estimating the size of the older workforce: A pilot study to precede the modeling of trends in fatal occupational injury in older workers: Final Report." Atlanta, GA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Masten, S.V., Stutts, J.C., & Martell, C.A. (October 2006). "Predicting daytime and nighttime drowsy driving crashes based on crash characteristic models." 50th Annual Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Chicago, IL.
  • DeYoung, D.J., Tashima, H.N., & Masten, S.V. (2005). "An evaluation of the effectiveness of ignition interlock in California. In P. R. Marques (Ed.) Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices Volume II: Research, Policy, and Program Status 2005." International Council on Alcohol and Traffic Safety (ICADTS).
  • Masten, S.V., & Chapman, E.A. (2004). "The effectiveness of home-study driver education compared to classroom instruction: The impact on student knowledge and attitudes." Traffic Injury Prevention, 5, 117–121.
  • Masten, S.V., & Hagge, R.A. (2004). "Evaluation of California’s graduated driver licensing program." Journal of Safety Research, 35, 523–535.
  • Masten, S.V., & Peck, R.C. (2004). "Problem driver remediation: A meta-analysis of the driver improvement literature." Journal of Safety Research, 35, 403–425.