Comprehensive Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)

Comprehensive Structural Equation Modeling Statistics Seminar

An comprehensive 3-day Stats Camp seminar on the Craft of SEM.

This camp is an advanced intensive short seminar in the using latent variable models also called structural equation models. The seminar will be a series of lectures and exercises to provide you with advanced training in the use of SEM for the analysis of both cross-sectional and longitudinal data. Even if you have taken a prior seminar on SEM, this comprehensive seminar will serve as a refresher on basic concepts but also introduce you to the latest advances in the craft of structural equation modeling. Participants from a variety of fields, including sociology, psychology, education, human development, marketing, business, biology, medicine, political science, and communication, will benefit from the seminar.

Participants will receive an electronic copy of all seminar 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 seminar.

World Camp: April 26 – 28, 2018
Brisbane, Australia – Marriott

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Address: 515 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Last day to book: 10 April 2018 or until block is filled
Cancellation: 100% cancellation fee will apply if cancelled 14 days prior.
Phone: 07 – 3303 – 8000
Group Rate Start date: 24 April 2018
Group Rate End date:  30 April 2018

Rooms Options Available:

Deluxe City View Room for AU$229  per room per night + additional taxes and fees, Room including Wifi and Breakfast for 1 Guest.

Deluxe City View Room for AU$249  per room per night + additional taxes and fees, Room including Wifi and Breakfast for 2 Guests.

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Team at 07 – 3303 – 8000 and quote YHA group code.

Payment Options

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

Topics include:

  • Design and measurement issues in cross-sectional and longitudinal research
  • Traditional panel designs
  • Overview of missing data
  • Latent growth curve modeling
  • Testing for Mediation and Moderation
  • Multilevel and multiple group SEM
  • Using Phantom Constructs
  • Multiple group modeling

Learning Objectives

This comprehensive 3-day statistics training institute on the craft of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) will enable you to:

  • Learn both foundational concepts as well as critical new developments surrounding latent variable modeling –a comprehensive approach to learning the craft of SEM!
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the different models that can be applied to both cross-sectional and longitudinal data.
  • Develop a clear understanding of how models can be specified and adapted to address your specific needs and questions.
  • Gain knowledge of the ways in which you should formulate models, test alternative models, and evaluate models with regard to statistical and practical significance.
  • Understand the mechanism of missing data and the optimal ways to treat missing data for both non-response and attrition
  • Learn how to create item parcels and employ them as optimal indicators for latent variable modeling.
  • Learn the distinction between mediation, moderation, and multiple additive effects as well as how to test for these effect in latent variable models


Thursday April 26, 2018
9:00-9:20 Welcome and introductions
9:20-10:45 Foundations of SEM, including scaling, identification, and model evaluation
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 More Foundations of SEM including extensions such a using phantom constructs
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:00 Optimal Item Parceling!
3:00-3:15 Snack and refreshment break
3:15-5:00 Multiple Group Models and Testing for Factorial Invariance
5:30-7:30 Networking and informal consultation time!
Friday April 27, 2018
9:00-10:45 Missing Data Mechanism and Modern Treatments
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 Mediation and How to Test It in SEM
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:00 Moderation and How to Test It in SEM
3:00-3:15 Snack and refreshment break
3:15-5:00 Catchup, Open Discussion, and consulting time
5:30-7:30 Networking and informal consultation
Saturday April 28, 2018
9:00-10:45 Longitudinal Panel Models
10:45-11:00 Snack and refreshment break
11:00-12:30 Various Longitudinal Models and Extensions
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
1:30-3:00 Latent Growth Curve Models
3:00-3:15 Snack and refreshment break
3:15-5:00 Various Growth Curve Models and Extensions

Instructor: Todd D. Little Ph.D.

todd little phd statistics instructor

Todd D. Little, PhD is a Professor and director of the Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and Policy at Texas Tech University. He is widely recognized for his quantitative work on various aspects of applied SEM (e.g., modern missing data treatments, indicator selection, parceling, modeling developmental processes) as well as his substantive developmental research (e.g., action-control processes and motivation, coping, and self-regulation). His work has garnered over 24,500 citations with an h-index of 78 and an i10-index of 183. In 2001, he was elected to membership in the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and in 2009, he was elected President of APA’s Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics). He is a fellow in APA, APS, and AAAS. In 2013, he received the Cohen award from Division 5 of APA for distinguished contributions to teaching and mentoring and in 2015 he received the inaugural distinguished contributions award for mentoring developmental scientists from the Society for Research in Child Development. Both awards cited his founding of Stats Camp ( in 2003 and its ongoing impact on shaping the quality of scientific inquiry for both past and future generations of researchers.

Instructor: Elizabeth Grandfield MA

Comprehensive SEM Statistics Training Course

Elizabeth is a doctoral student in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on evaluating measurement invariance with an emphasis in longitudinal designs. In areas of applied research, Elizabeth has been involved in longitudinal children studies at Juniper Gardens as well as a national nursing study at Kansas University Medical Center, both in Kansas City. She also received the 2011 Multivariate Software Award, presented by Peter Bentler and Eric Wu. Elizabeth has been involved in Stats Camp since 2012.

Software and Computer Support

Participants need to bring a laptop computer with Wi-Fi capabilities. We strongly recommend that you also bring an extension cord or power strip

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.

The seminar will support LISREL, Mplus and laavan. Previous knowledge of LISREL, Mplus or laavan is preferred but not required.

Seminar Prerequisites


  • Proficiency in multiple linear regression.
  • At least limited experience with continuous latent variable models, e.g., exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis (EFA; CFA) and structural equation modeling (SEM).
  • Intermediate proficiency with at least one statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, LISREL, Mplus, etc.).

Not required but advantageous:

  • At least limited experience (e.g., graduate-level seminar) with multivariate data analysis.

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

  • Longitudinal SEM.
  • Modern missing data treatments
  • Parceling procedures
  • Multiple group SEM
  • Advanced mathematical or statistical topics such as matrix algebra or likelihood theory.

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 (Marriott guests), Lunches, & Snacks Daily