Hok Chio (Mark) Lai 黎學昭

Hok Chio (Mark) Lai 黎學昭

Assistant Professor of Psychology (Quantitative Methods)

University of Southern California


I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology (Quantitative Methods) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California. I am from Macau and speaks Cantonese as my native language. Mathematics has always been a favorite subject to me, but my growing interest in understanding the human mind lead me to pursue a bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Macau, where I discovered that a career of developing and applying quantitative methods in the social sciences would be a very good fit to me.

I am interested in all kinds of statistical methods, but currently my research areas include multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, effect size statistics, and measurement invariance. I also have collaborations on projects studying the prevalence, antecedents and consequences of gambling disorder, and in other areas such as evolutionary psychology, social psychology, developmental sciences, health sciences, etc.

I plan to take a Ph.D. student interested in quantitative and statistical methods (including but not limited to: data harmonization, psychometrics, multilevel modeling, effect size estimation, and statistical learning) in the 2023-2024 academic year.

To learn more about the doctoral program at USC and speak to a program advisor, check out the Preview Day event.


  • Statistics
  • Multilevel and Latent Variable Modeling
  • Psychometrics
  • Bayesian Methods


  • PhD in Educational Psychology (Research, Measurement and Statistics), 2015

    Texas A&M University

  • BSSc in Psychology, 2011

    University of Macau



An R package to automate the process of performing specification search in identifying noninvariant items.


An R package for bootstrap resampling for multilevel models.


A web app for performing selection accuracy analysis in the presence of partial invariance.