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Methodology Trainings


Introduction to Latent Class Analysis and its Extensions
Dr. Bethany Bray and Dr. Stephanie Lanza Pennsylvania State University's Methodology Center

"Dr. Bethany Bray's research focuses on developing and applying advanced statistical methods to questions about the longitudinal development of substance use, with a special emphasis on the relation between substance use and the development of comorbid problem behaviors like gambling and risky sexual behavior. Toward that end, she works on longitudinal, latent variable modeling, including latent class analysis, latent transition analysis, and their extensions. At The Methodology Center, she works primarily with Stephanie Lanza and John Dziak."

"Dr. Stephanie Lanza works primarily in two methodological areas. Much of her work seeks to advance finite mixture models, particularly latent class analysis. Her primary collaborators on this project include Bethany Bray, John Dziak, and Megan Patrick. She also works to advance and apply new statistical models in order to reveal dynamic processes. Much of this work, done in collaboration with Runze Li, Michael Russell, and Sara Vasilenko, addresses new research questions about age- and time-varying effects related to health behavior."


5-day Intensive Qualitative Methods Workshop
Dr. Jennifer Hardesty
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

"Dr. Jennifer Hardesty received her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2003. Her interests center on intimate partner violence, separation/divorce, and post-divorce parenting. Her current research focuses on how abused women negotiate co-parenting with abusive former husbands."