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Multilevel SEM with xxM Seminar

Session 2: June 8 – 12, 2020
Albuquerque, NM – Embassy Suites

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$1,895 Faculty/Professional or $1,145 Student/Post-Doc

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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.

Statistics Seminar Objectives

The five-day seminar will enable participants to:

  • Understand the ‘big-data’ nature of multilevel, latent variable modeling.
  • See the ‘big picture’ view of multilevel modeling from a single unified NL-SEM framework in which SEM and MLM are the simple building blocks.
  • Understand how different types of complex data-structures imply dependency among observed data.
  • Develop the skills necessary to translate complex multilevel data-structures and the corresponding multilevel hypotheses into a statistical model.
  • Become proficient in the use of xxM for fitting multilevel latent variable models.
  • Become acquainted with a variety of novel and useful multilevel models in education, business and social-psychology.
  • Most importantly, the participants will begin to think of study designs within their area of research that can answer more interesting and novel research questions.

Seminar Syllabus

The first two days will re-introduce conventional Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and Multilevel Modeling (MLM) from a unified nLevel SEM perspective.

The last three days will focus on models of complex multilevel data-structures that are often difficult to conceptualize within conventional MLM or ML-SEM frameworks. Real-world examples of complex data and challenging research questions will be used to teach principles and practice of multilevel SEM. The approach will be practical with an emphasis on model fitting and interpretation of results.

Summer Stats Camp 2020: Multilevel SEM with xxM
MondayJune 8, 2020
9:00 – 9:30Welcome and Introductions
10:45 – 11:00Snack and refreshment break
11:00 -12:30Building blocks: Single level SEM in xxM
12:30 – 1:30Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:15Confirmatory Factor Analysis
3:15 – 3:30Snack and refreshment break
3:30 – 5:00Multiple-Group CFA
5:30~7:30Social “hour” for all Stats Campers
TuesdayJune 9, 2020
9:00 – 10:45Building blocks: Multilevel Modeling in xxM
10:45 – 11:00Snack and refreshment break
11:00 -12:30Random intercepts model, contextual-effects and centering
12:30 – 1:30Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:15Random-slopes model
3:15 – 3:30Snack and refreshment break
3:30 – 5:00Individual Consultations
WednesdayJune 10, 2020
9:00 – 10:45N-Level Structural Equations Modeling: Data-structures
10:45 – 11:00Snack and refreshment break
11:00 -12:30Multivariate cross-classified data: Emerging class of contextual SEM
12:30 – 1:30Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:15Multilevel measurement invariance: Multiple groups model
3:15 – 3:30Snack and refreshment break
3:30 – 5:00Individual Consultations
ThursdayJune 11, 2020
9:00 – 10:45Latent Growth Curves: Long and Wide format
10:45 – 11:00Snack and refreshment break
11:00 -12:30Complex data structures: Longitudinal, Cross-classified and Multiple membership data
12:30 – 1:30Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:15Complex data structures: Longitudinal data with switching classification
3:15 – 3:30Snack and refreshment break
3:30 – 5:00Individual Consultations
FridayJune 12, 2020
9:00 – 10:45Partially nested data: Issues and models
10:45 – 11:00Snack and refreshment break
11:00 -12:30Social Relations Model: Reciprocal ratings in round-robin designs/360 evaluation
12:30 – 1:30Lunch Break
1:30 – 4:30Individual Consultations

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

Statistical Methods Seminar Description

Overview: This seminar teaches skills necessary to conduct analysis of complex multilevel data-structures using xxM from an n-Level Structural Equation Modeling (NL-SEM) perspective. The n-Level structural equation modeling framework is compatible for both conventional and non-standard data-structures. Currently aspects of such non-standard data can be handled within most MLM or ML-SEM packages, but do not scale well with increasingly complex data-structures.

The innovative software package xxM provides a broader, simpler conceptual framework to match the consistent jargon-free language within the NL-SEM framework. All manner of models for nested data structures are easily specified and estimated using xxM, which is a free software program developed for the R platform.

This seminar is designed to introduce participants to the modeling mindset of the NL-SEM framework and gain ample experience with the xxM software package.

The perfect follow up for those who have taken SEM Foundations!

Instructor: Paras Mehta, Ph.D.

Paras is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Houston. His research interests include multilevel structural equations modeling, growth curve modeling, and applications of ML-SEM in educational and organizational research. He is a creator of the xxM R package for N-level Structural Equation Modeling.

Software and Computer Support

Participants will receive an electronic copy of all seminar materials, including slides, datasets, fully annotated xxM scripts and output with step-by-step instructions for fitting each model. Participants should bring a laptop computer and are encouraged to work-through each example on their own. Extra time is allocated for participants to seek individual assistance with the material or to work on their own analysis projects.

Seminar Audience

This seminar may be thought of an introductory-advanced seminar on Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling. The seminar assumes basic knowledge of MLM and SEM. A graduate seminar or a five-day workshop in SEM and MLM is probably necessary. That said, all essential concepts of SEM and MLM will be reviewed and re-introduced from a unified perspective during the first two days.

Novice participants with limited experience in MLM or SEM can expect to learn key ideas behind the modeling framework and learn how to fit fairly complex models using xxM. Expert participants will acquire a deeper understanding of how SEM and MLM may be readily and simply extended to

Participants are encouraged to contact the instructor before the workshop with their own data and research questions.

Participants from a variety of fields, including psychology, education, human development, sociology, marketing, business, biology, medicine, political science, and communication, will benefit from the seminar.

Seminar Materials

Instructor will provide password on first day of seminar:
View Seminar Materials Page (Password Protected)

Example Data Structures

  • Longitudinal data with switching classification in which nesting of a lower- level unit within the higher-level unit changes over time. For example, students switch teachers and classrooms across grades.
  • Multiple ratings over time (longitudinal data with cross-classification and multiple membership). For example, each student may be rated by multiple different teachers and each teacher may rate multiple different students on multiple occasions. Such data are common in business settings as well.
  • Non-hierarchical teams. Each person may belong to multiple teams over time. Examples of such data are common in business settings. Other examples include patients treated by teams of doctors and nurses.
  • Dependent variables at “multiple lower levels.” For example, in a health-setting context we may have outcome variables for patients (satisfaction), nurses (job-satisfaction) and doctors (stress) over time, and nesting of patients within nurses and doctors may not be hierarchical.
  • Round-robin data where each person may rate multiple other individuals within a small group. Variants of such data are common in business & I/O psychology (360 evaluations, team-performance), social-psychology (person perceptions) and education (peer-evaluations).
  • Partially nested data. Only a subset of subjects are nested within a higher level unit. Such data occur commonly in “intervention studies” (medical, educational etc.) where individual subjects are randomly assigned to intervention and control conditions. Intervention itself is delivered in small groups leading to clustering; however, control subjects are not nested.
  • Data with multiple different types of dependencies and many levels. For example, large longitudinal state datasets with multiple cohorts of students nested within teachers, classrooms, schools and districts. Classification may change across grades.
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