Statistical Methods Course Description
Overview: This course will cover the basics of doing statistical mediation and moderation, and then move on to explain and demonstrate sophisticated variants of both techniques (e.g., longitudinal mediation) as well as new developments in the field (e.g., bootstrapping, conditional process analysis).
This course will cover the basics of doing statistical mediation and moderation, and then move on to explain and demonstrate sophisticated variants of both techniques (e.g., longitudinal mediation) as well as new developments in the field (e.g., bootstrapping, conditional process analysis). Clear explanations of the statistical bases of these analyses will be tied with demonstrations of how to create and run models on several platforms (e.g., ordinary regression, SEM, and multi-level modelling). It is important that students have a good working knowledge of multiple regression. The instructor will demonstrate examples in two different structural equation modelling (SEM) programs (i.e., Amos and Mplus), as well as in multi-level modelling (i.e., HLM), but it is not essential that the student be familiar with these programs.
Instructor: Paul Jose
Dr. Paul Jose received his PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University in 1980. Since then he has taught and performed research on the topic of developmental psychopathology, and more recently, positive psychology. In addition, he has taught research methods and statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than 35 years, and he has offered numerous workshops on a range of topics in methodology and statistics. Guilford Press published his book, Doing statistical mediation and moderation, in 2013, and he has a new paper coming out in Educational Psychologist (2016) entitled “The merits of using longitudinal mediation”.
Software and Computer Support
It is not essential that you bring the following software programs, but all are recommended. If you do not have any of these programs, you will still be able to follow the demonstrations, either as presented by the instructor or watching over the shoulder of someone who does have the program.
1) PROCESS: Be aware that to use this program, one must already have either SPSS or SAS loaded onto your computer. This is not a stand-alone program. Please go to this site and download PROCESS onto your computer: http://processmacro.org/index.html
2) ModGraph: This app exists in two forms: as an Excel-based downloadable macro or it can be accessed on-line at: https://psychology.victoria.ac.nz/modgraph/modgraph.php You may wish to download the Excel version to have on your computer in case we don’t have reliable access to the internet in the classroom.
3) Amos (linked with SPSS) would be helpful to have loaded on your laptop computer as well. Several examples presented in class will involve Amos.
4) Mplus would also be helpful to have loaded on your laptop. I will present several examples involving Mplus syntax during the course.