Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research

University of California, Davis
May 27-31, 2014

University of California, Davis This ATI is designed to highlight recent methodological advances in the analysis of longitudinal psychological data using structural equation modeling (SEM). The training is intended for faculty, post-docs and advanced graduate students. It covers a range of topics, including fundamental measurement problems, dealing with incomplete data and new techniques for dynamic analyses (See Tentative Course Schedule).

Course materials will include basic readings on the fundamental theoretical issues in contemporary longitudinal data analysis. These materials will also include all computer scripts (e.g., R, AMOS, LISREL, Mplus, Mx) that are used in the practical applications. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own data and research problems, and a notebook computer equipped with a SEM software program (such as R) and SPSS or SAS. The primary software for instruction will be SAS and R, although code will also be provided for SPSS and instructors will be familiar with that and other programs.

Course instructors will include John J. McArdle of the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California, and Kevin J. Grimm and Emilio Ferrer of the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Davis.

Up to 35 participants will be selected to take part in this ATI. Time will be set aside daily for individual meetings with instructors. Applications are invited from investigators at the faculty/professional, postdoctoral and advanced graduate student levels. The ATI is open to investigators from both within and outside of the United States.

How to Apply

Submit the online application form and upload your CV. If you have any questions about submitting the application or encounter any problems, please contact Nicolle Singer by email or by telephone at (202) 336-6000.


The application deadline has passed. The 2015 Advanced Training Institutes will be announced in late fall of 2014. Please check this website again then or subscribe to the Science Directorate email newsletter to read about opportunities such as the Advanced Training Institutes as soon as they are announced.


Faculty: APA member — $750; Nonmember — $1,200
Postdoc/Graduate Student: APA member — $375; Nonmember — $550

Discount opportunity: In order to make it feasible for people to attend both ATIs being held this year at UC Davis (Structural Equation Modeling and Exploratory Data Mining), which are taking place on consecutive weeks, those who are accepted for and attend both ATIs will receive a 20 percent discount on tuition.


Participants will receive a group discount on rooms at the Hallmark Inn, near the University of California, Davis campus. The ATI will take place in a Hallmark Inn conference room.

Financial Assistance

The APA Science Directorate will be able to provide a limited amount of financial assistance to support travel and lodging of some ATI participants. If you wish to apply for financial assistance, please contact ATI for a copy of the ATI Financial Assistance Request Form and instructions. The completed form must be received by the APA Science Directorate by April 7, 2014. Preference will be given to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, but participants at other career levels will also be considered if sufficient funds are available. The amount of financial assistance that is provided will defray only a portion of overall travel and lodging costs. Applicants will be notified about financial assistance decisions after they have been accepted for the ATI and prior to the registration deadline.

Applicants are also encouraged to consult with their research mentors or department heads about the availability of institutional funds to support this advanced training opportunity.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel up to 30 days prior to the start date, and we are able to fill your place, a full refund will be provided. If you cancel less than 30 days prior, and we are able to fill your place, we will give a refund of 75 percent. If you cancel at any time and we are unable to fill your place, then no refund can be provided.

If you have any questions, please call (202) 336-6000, or send an email to Advanced Training Institute.