I also enjoyed the privilege of attending an a followup advanced Mplus course that focused on longitudinal analyses as part of the Summer School program at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. It was also a very good and very intensive program and I am grateful for the opportunity to attend. This activity was funded by part of my recent promotion to Distinguished Professor at Illinois State University. The short course description is below:
- “This is a five-day course on structural equation modeling (SEM) using Mplus. If you already know how to analyse your data in Mplus, but want to learn more about what you are actually doing, and especially if you want to know more about advanced longitudinal analyses, this course is for you. The course consists of in-depth lectures on the fundamentals of Mplus and advanced longitudinal models.
- Many researchers in the social and behavioural sciences are using, or want to use, Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to investigate their theories. Mplus is a popular and flexible software package for doing SEM. If you already know how to analyse your data in Mplus, but want to learn more about what you are actually doing and especially about diverse forms of longitudinal analyses, this 5-day course is for you.
- This is a five-day course on structural equation modeling (SEM) using Mplus for researchers in the social and behavioural sciences who are already experienced Mplus users, with a particular focus on longitudinal models.
- During the first day we focus on the formulas behind SEM, how to calculating the number of parameters and degrees of freedom by hand as a useful way of model checking, how to interpret the TECH1 output, when to worry about the default settings in Mplus, model parameterization, and model fit. In the following four days diverse longitudinal models are discussed, including recent development with respect to cross-lagged panel models, the latent difference/change score models, latent growth curve models, latent class growth models, latent transition analysis, and dynamic structural equation models. Participants obtain hands-on experience with these topics and models during computer labs.
- For this course we assume participants have Mplus experience and basic SEM knowledge (but note you do not need to know matrix algebra, calculus, or likelihood theory). A good preparation is our summer school course ‘Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus’ (S20) (2-6 July) , or any other one week introduction SEM course.
- After registration, we will ask you to briefly describe your SEM and Mplus experience as well as your expectations from this course, in order to see whether this is the right course for you.”