Prathiba Natesan Batley

Prathiba Natesan Batley

Professor | Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Excellence
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 126B - College of Education
prathiba.natesanbatley @

Dr. Prathiba Natesan Batley's curriculum vitae [PDF]


I specialize in statistical simulation, Bayesian methods, single case designs, and latent variable modeling. My interests are in the development and application of statistical methods for the social, medical, business, and biological sciences.

I am a methodologist and statistician who specializes in developing methodological solutions to address real world data problems such as small sample cases, non-normality, dependence of observations, etc. which are generally antithetical to commonly used parametric techniques. I have worked with large data problems that involve latent variable and multilevel modelling, as well as with small data problems such as single case experimental designs which involve Bayesian interrupted time-series analyses. My interdisciplinary collaborations span across many fields such as medicine, education, geography, marketing, psychology, architecture, library sciences, and management. Recently, I have been developing Bayesian methodologies for mixed methods analyses. I am equally passionate about research and teaching statistics and believe that anyone can see the beauty of the subject with the right kind of guidance.

I am currently co-PI for an Institute of Education Sciences funded grant entitled Design Comparable Effect Sizes for Single-Case Designs for $899,721. I am also evaluator for an NSF-funded project entitled IRES: Cross-cutting interdisciplinary research and integration of ecology and biocultural conservation in the world’s southernmost forests for $249,963. In the past I have served as evaluator on a US Department of Education funded project entitled Project STArT for $1,247,881 and as senior investigator on NSF-funded project entitled Collaborative Research: Web-Based Repository of Software Testing Tools (WReSTT) for $153,930.

I have been an invited panelist on Institute of Education Sciences grants for the last five years. Currently I am statistical advisor to the British Journal of Psychiatry, associate editor of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches and Frontiers in Psychology: Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, and editorial board member of Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.


  • Ph.D., Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M; University
  • M.S., Construction Management, Texas A&M; University
  • B. Arch, Architecture, University of Madras

Areas of Expertise

  • Bayesian Statistics, Statistical Simulation-based Approaches
  • Single-case Designs (e.g. n-of-1 designs)
  • Latent Variable Models: Item Response Theory (IRT), Structural Equation Models


  • Quantitative Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Latent variable modelling
  • Psychometrics
  • Single-case designs

Research Interests

  • Quantitative applications in psychology
  • Medicine
  • Sciences, and other fields

Selected Honors, Awards and Service

  • Invited panelist grant reviewer – Institute of Educational Sciences (2018, 2019, 2020).
  • Chair, Educational Statisticians Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association (2018-2019)
  • Outstanding Research Paper Award for the paper entitled, "Adopting a Meta-Generative Way of Thinking in the Field of Education via the Use of Bayesian Methods."
  • Member, AERA Division D Newsletter Committee (2018-present).
  • Member, AERA Division D Equity & Inclusion Committee (2018-present)
  • Program Chair, Educational Statisticians Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association (2017-2018)
  • President, Southwest Educational Research Association (2017)

Selected Publications

*Co-authored with students, ** first and second authors contributed equally to the manuscript

  • *, ** Natesan Batley, P., Contractor, A.A., Weiss, N.H., Compton, S.E., & Price, M. (2021). Psychometric Evaluation of the Posttrauma Risky Behaviors Questionnaire: Item Response Theory Analyses. Assessment. IF: 5.
  • Natesan Batley, P. & Hedges L.-V. (2021). Accurate Model vs. Accurate Estimates: A Study of Bayesian Single-Case Experimental Designs. Behavior Research Methods. IF: 4.617
  • *, ** Natesan Batley, P., Nandakumar, R., Shrestha, P., & Palka, J. (2021). Comparing Bayesian unknown change-point model and simulation modeling analysis to test immediacy and treatment effect in single case experimental designs. Frontiers in Psychology: Quantitative Psychology and Measurement. IF: 2.089.
  • *O’Bryant, M., Natesan Batley, P., & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2021). Validation and prediction of statistics anxiety using attitudes towards statistics courses. SAGE: Open. IF: 0.715.
  • *Natesan Batley, P., Contractor, A. A., & Caldas, S. (2020). Bayesian Time-Series Models in Single Case Experimental Designs: A Tutorial for Trauma Researchers. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33, 1144-1153. DOI: IF: 1.926
  • *Natesan Batley, P., Boedeker, P., & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2020). Adopting a Meta-Generative Way of Thinking in the Field of Education via the Use of Bayesian Methods: A Multimethod Approach in a Post-Truth and COVID-19 Era. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 12, 4-19. DOI:
  • Boakye, K., Natesan, P., & Prybutok, V. R. (2020). A correlated uniqueness model of service quality measurement among users of cloud-based service platforms. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 55. DOI: ttps:// IF: 3.585
  • *Contractor, A. A., Weiss, N. H., Natesan Batley, P., & Elhai, J. (2020). Clusters of trauma types as measured by the life events checklist for DSM-5. International Journal of Stress Management. IF: 2.737.
  • *Contractor, A. A., Weiss, N. H., Schick, M. R., Natesan Batley, P., Forkus, S. R., & Sharma, R. (2020). Comparison of latent typologies of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression symptoms across military personnel from India and the US. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 70. DOI: IF: 3.47
  • Natesan Batley, P., Minka, T., & Hedges, L. V. (2020). Investigating immediacy in multiple phasechange single case experimental designs using a Bayesian unknown change-points model. Behavior Research Methods, 52, 1714-1728. DOI: IF: 4.617
  • Natesan Batley, P., Shukla Mehta, S. & Hitchcock, J. (2020). A Bayesian rate ratio effect size to quantify intervention effects for count data in single case experimental research. Behavioral Disorders. DOI: 10.1177/0198742920930704. IF: 1.343