Steve Peck


Senior Research Fellow

Steve works primarily with the research team to examine the reliability and validity of measures used by CYPQ to promote Quality Improvement Systems (e.g., YPQI, SLPQI), with a special emphasis on evaluating quality-outcomes relations (e.g., quality of staff instructional responsiveness ->  youth skill growth).

Steve’s primary research interests relate to the study of multilevel person-in-context models of lifespan development using both psychological and transdisciplinary approaches to theory and method development. This work focuses on integrating variable- and pattern-centered theoretical, measurement, and statistical models to (a) combine multivariate information about personal and contextual risks and potentials/opportunities; (b) identify homogenous subgroups of people in contexts (i.e., “lifespace configurations”); and (c) link lifespace configurations across time and to additional indicators of lifespan development (e.g., educational attainment).


Steve received a B.A. in Psychology from the California State University, Long Beach in 1985; an M.A. in Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Montana, Missoula in 1990; and a Ph.D. in Personality Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1995.  From 1995 to 2016, he worked as Research Investigator and Assistant Research Scientist in the University of Michigan’s Achievement Research Lab within the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research.  He began working as a consultant to CYPQ in 2005 and became a Senior Research Fellow in 2016, following his retirement from the University of Michigan.