Irini Moustaki is a professor of Social Statistics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received her Bachelor degree in Statistics and Computer Science from the Athens University of Economics and Business and her MSc and PhD in Statistics from the LSE. Her research interests are in the areas of latent variable models and structural equation models. Her methodological work includes treatment of missing data, longitudinal data, detection of outliers, goodness-of-fit tests and advanced estimation methods. Furthermore, she has made methodological and applied contributions in the areas of comparative cross-national studies and epidemiological studies on rare diseases.

She has co-authored two books on latent variable models and published extensively in journals such as JRSS A and C, Psychometrika, JASA, and Biostatistics. She received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala University in 2014 and she an Honorary Professor in the Department of Psychological Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong, since July 2015. She was elected Editor in Chief of the journal Psychometrika in November 2014. She is also at the editorial board of the Structural Equation Modelling journal and has served in the past in the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational and Psychological Measurement and the journal of Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. She was elected in 2016 a member of the society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. She has been twice a member of the committee for evaluating research output of Italian Universities and a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the PIAAC project I and II (Program for the International Assessment of Adult competencies) of the OECD. She is a co-investigator in a recently awarded grant by the Economic and Social Research Council to work on Methods for the Analysis of Longitudinal Dyadic Data with an Application to Intergenerational Exchanges of Family Support.  She has given keynote talks at various conferences in the US and in Europe.


Research Interests

Latent variable models, structural equation models, categorical data, missing values, outliers, longitudinal data, composite likelihood estimation, applications of latent variable models to education, psychology and to social sciences in general.

Other Professional Qualifications and Awards

Honorary Doctorate, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uppsala, January 2014

Honorary Professor, Department of Psychological Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong, since July 2015.

LSE Excellence in Education Award, June 2016. (

Member of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), since March 2016.

Psychometrika, Elected Member of the Board of Trustees (2006-2010 and 2011-2014)

Royal Statistical Society, Fellow since 1994

Psychometric Society, Member since 1997