Psychometrics Seminar

Comprehensive Structural Equation Modeling Statistics Seminar

An introductory 3-day Stats Camp seminar on the foundations of psychometrics.

Overview: An introductory 3-day course in the application of psychometrics. Participants should be proficient specific to the material covered in a two-semester graduate-level social science statistics course sequence.

Psychometrics is defined as the science of evaluating the characteristics of tests or other devices designed to measure psychological attributes of people. Tests are broadly defined as devices for measuring ability, aptitude, achievement, attitudes, interests, personality, cognitive functioning, and mental health. Application of psychometrics to psychology and social/behavioral science constitutes an organized effort to (a) properly use theory-based measurement procedures for the development of tests and other measurement instruments for inter- and intraindividual research designs and (b) incorporate current best practices for applying measurement theory, item/scale development, reliability estimation (classical and modern), factor analysis/IRT and establishing statistical evidence of score validity through a unified approach. advance knowledge in psychological and sensory processes. Participants will receive an electronic copy of all course materials, including lecture slides, practice datasets, software scripts, relevant supporting documentation, and recommended readings. Participants will also have access to a video recording of the course.

Spring Camp: February 15 – 17, 2019
Atlanta, GA – Embassy Suites

FAQ –  Hotel Reservations



Address: 3285 Peachtree Road NE. Atlanta, GA 30305

Hotel Reservations: Follow link above or call the reservations team at 404-266-4828. Group rate has expired, you will need to book a room at the standard rate.

Room Start date: February 14, 2019
Room End date: February 18, 2019

Scheduled Social Event: 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Mezzanine area at the Embassy Suites Buckhead on 2/15/19 for all attendees. Please wear your Stats Camp name badges to claim your free drink ticket.

Lunch, snacks and drinks including coffee,
tea, and water will be provided daily. 

Payment Options

$1,095 Faculty/Professional or $945 Student/Post-Doc

Seminar fee includes all materials, downloads, software access, training, refreshments and access to a recorded video of seminar:

Enrollment is open to public, students, graduates and professionals. Save a seat today, pay later.

Topics include:

  • Measurement and statistical concepts specific to psychometrics
  • Scaling, scaling models & scale development – stimulus, response and subject centered
  • Validity – conceptual and statistical aspects necessary for evidential arguments
  • Introduction to Factor analysis – traditional, IRT and SEM-based approaches/connections
  • Reliability – classical and modern approaches to estimation of score reliability
  • Introduction to Item Response Theory

Learning Objectives

This comprehensive 3-day statistics training institute on the fundamentals of Psychometrics will enable you to:

  • Acquire a basic understanding of the role of psychometrics as applied to social and behavioral sciences.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the conceptual and theoretical basis of measurement and statistical concepts specific to psychometrics.
  • Acquire knowledge of how to properly apply psychometric techniques such as scale development, item analysis/refinement, score reliability and statistical validity.
  • Gain knowledge of how to apply factor analysis using traditional and structural equation modeling approaches.
  • Gain knowledge of how to apply generalizability theory for estimating variance components and score reliability when classical test theory model is inadequate.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of how and why to apply item response theory for scaling test data.


Friday February 15, 2019
9:00-9:30 Welcome and introductions
9:30-10:30 Measurement & statistical concepts
10:30-10:45 Snack and refreshment break
10:45-12:30 Scaling and scaling models – achievement, ability, attitude & perception
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:00 Techniques for item and test development, evaluation & refinement
3:00-3:15 Snack and refreshment break
3:15-5:00 Validity – criterion, content & construct considerations
Saturday February 16, 2019
9:00-10:45 Statistical aspects of the score validation process
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 Factor analysis – foundations, types and estimating factor models using exploratory and confirmatory approaches – part 1
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:00 Factor analysis – a unified model for test theory and application, estimating factor models using structural equation modeling – part 2
3:00-3:15 Snack and refreshment break
3:15-5:00 Individual Consultations
Sunday February 17, 2019
9:00-10:45 Reliability of test scores – foundations/application of classical test theory; Using/applying structural equation modeling and IRT for score reliability estimation
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 Introduction to Item Response Theory – theory and applications for applied psychometrics; Relationship to structural equation modeling
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:00 Introduction to generalizability theory
3:00-3:15 Snack and refreshment break
3:15-5:00 Individual Consultations

Instructor: Larry Price Ph.D.

Dr. Price is Professor of Psychometrics & Statistics with faculty appointments in the College of Education and Department of Mathematics. Between 1999 and 2002, Dr. Price was employed at The Psychological Corporation in San Antonio as a Psychometrician/Statistician where his work focused on improving the psychometric properties of the Wechsler Scales of Intelligence Memory (e.g., WISC-III, WISC-IV, WMS-III, and WPPSI-III), and Achievement (WIAT-II) and other psychological measures such as the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF-IV). His research interest includes theoretical development and testing of Bayesian and non-Bayesian psychometric models in psychological and neuropsychological research, theoretical development, testing, and refinement of classical and modern psychometric methods in the behavioral sciences, development of dynamic multivariate time series models for the psychological, social and neurosciences.

Software and Computer Support

Participants need to bring a laptop computer with Wi-Fi capabilities. Students should have access to IBM SPSS, version 21.0 or higher and Mplus, version 7.1 or higher.

All statistical software used at Stats Camp will be available, free to participants, on our SMORS (statistical modeling on remote servers) system for the duration of camp.

I provide and discuss a tutorial using lavaan (and SEMplot) for SEM-based measurement and factor analysis. I also provide examples using Mplus for deriving coefficient Omega and IRT models. So, I work to integrate SPSS, lavaan & Mplus (and STATA if there queries) simultaneously and provide any consultation requested either on-site or post-workshop.

Seminar Prerequisites


  • Intermediate proficiency in basic statistical theory as would be gained in a 1st year graduate course.

Not required but advantageous:

  • Limited experience (e.g., graduate-level course) with classical measurement theory and concepts.

No level of proficiency beyond basic awareness is assumed for skills related to:

  • Advanced mathematical or statistical topics such as matrix algebra.

Seminar Files

Below are links to seminar files for those who enrolled in the seminar. Please download these files onto your computer on the first day of the seminar. The files are password protected to respect the intellectual property rights of the instructors. By using your login information, you agree not to share your login information or the content protected by it.

Seminar files and downloads will be posted on the first day of class.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Get 1 on 1 Consultation With Instructor
  • Professional Networking
  • Peer Socializing
  • Collaboration
  • All Seminar Resources
  • Breakfast (Embassy guests), Lunches, & Snacks Daily