Jonathan Rush

Jonathan Rush
Assistant Professor, Statistical Consultant (
Office: COR B318

Ph.D. (2018) (University of Victoria) Joined Department in 2022

Area of expertise

Lifespan Health and Development

My research focuses on the day-to-day experiences of health and well-being, and the many personal and contextual factors (e.g., physical activity, stress, mindfulness, engagement) that influence these daily fluctuations in our health and well-being. My research utilizes intensive longitudinal designs to improve measurement of both within-person processes and between-person differences in health and well-being, and to address important questions of individual change and variation over multiple timescales across the lifespan. Leveraging mobile and wearable technology, we are now able to capture individual data with the level of precision and accuracy necessary to account for the daily ups and downs in our well-being experiences and enhance prediction of both short- and long-term changes in health status. I also have a strong interest in advanced methodological approaches to address patterns of change over multiple timescales (e.g., Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling).



  • Daily experiences of health and well-being throughout the lifespan
  • Intensive longitudinal designs
  • Statistical modeling of change and variation
  • mHealth


Representative Publications

Sin, N. L., Rush, J., Buxton, O. M., & Almeida, D. M. (2021). Emotional vulnerability to short sleep predicts increases in chronic health conditions across 8 years. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Rush, J., Rast, P., & Hofer, S. M. (2020). Optimizing detection of true within-person effects for intensive measurement designs: A comparison of multilevel SEM and unit-weighted scale scores. Behavior Research Methods, 52, 1883-1892.

Rush, J., Rast, P., Almeida, D. M., & Hofer, S. M. (2019). Modeling long-term changes in daily within-person associations: An application of multilevel SEM. Psychology and Aging, 34, 163-176.

Yoneda, T., Rush, J., Graham, E. K., Berg, A. I., Comijs, H., Katz, M., Lipton, R., Johansson, B., Mroczek, D., & Piccinin, A. M. (2018). Increases in neuroticism may be an early indicator of dementia: A coordinated analysis. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 75, 251-262.

Rush, J. & Hofer, S. M. (2017). Design-based approaches for improving measurement in developmental science. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 82, 67-83.

Rush, J. & Hofer, S. M. (2014). Differences in within- and between-person factor structure of positive and negative affect: Analysis of two intensive measurement studies using multilevel structural equation modeling. Psychological Assessment, 26, 462-473.

Rast, P., Rush, J., Piccinin, A. M., & Hofer, S. M. (2014). The identification of regions of significance in the effect of multimorbidity on depressive symptoms using longitudinal data: An application of the Johnson-Neyman technique. Gerontology, 60, 274-281.