Message From the Dean

Craig J. Newschaffer

February 25 2020: The Methodology Center has been a force for innovation and rigor in research methods for social, behavioral and health research for a quarter of a century, thriving under the inspired leadership of Dr. Linda Collins.  As many of you know, Linda will be leaving Penn State in … Continue reading

Podcast: Preventing Child Maltreatment with Kate Guastaferro

Kate Guastaferro

February 3, 2020: In this brief and inspiring podcast, Methodology Center Research Associate Kate Guastaferro talks about her research on preventing child maltreatment and on the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) for optimizing interventions. Kate came to Penn State as a postdoctoral fellow in the Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program. … Continue reading

Apply Now: Summer Institute on Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions

January 23, 2020: Apply now to attend this year’s Summer Institute on Innovative Methods, “Building effective just-in-time adaptive interventions using micro-randomized trial designs.” Susan Murphy, professor of statistics and computer science and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard University, and Daniel Almirall, research associate professor at The University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center, will … Continue reading

Upcoming Webinar on Factorial Experiments

Linda M. Collins

January 14 2020: In our next 1 & 1 webinar,  Methodology Center Director Linda M. Collins will present an introduction to factorial experiments. Our 1 & 1 webinars consist of a one-hour live video presentation on a method followed by a one-hour question-and-answer session with the presenter. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, … Continue reading

Video: Webinar on Configural Frequency Analysis

Dr. Mark Stemmler

November 14, 2019: Watch the video of our most recent webinar, “Person-Centered Methods: An Alternative Statistical Approach.” In this 90+ minute video, Mark Stemmler, professor of psychological assessment at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and author of the book Person centered methods: Configural frequency analysis (CFA), introduces CFA. The webinar took … Continue reading

Article: Does Collegiate Drinking Affect Graduate School?

Hannah Allen

October 10, 2019: The high prevalence of heavy drinking among college students is widely known. Less clearly understood is how problematic alcohol use during college might be linked to post-college educational goals and attainment. In a recent article in the Journal of American College Health, Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) … Continue reading

Interest Group for Optimizing Interventions at SBM

Linda M. Collins

September 27, 2019: If you are interested in Linda M. Collins‘ research on the optimization of interventions and the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), then you might be interested in the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions (OBBI) special interest group. The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) … Continue reading

Article: Parental Monitoring and Adolescent Weight

John Felt

September 16, 2019: Different researchers bring a diverse set of research backgrounds and interests to The Methodology Center. Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) Postdoctoral Fellow John Felt has applied his expertise in methods to a broad array of social and health problems. Recently, he worked with a team of researchers … Continue reading

R Interest Group for Penn State

August 30, 2019: This fall, Methodology Center Investigator and Programmer John Dziak will be hosting a special interest group for researchers who are interested in R software for statistical computing. The group is open to all, but it is geared toward teaching the basics of R to interested faculty and … Continue reading

Podcast: Getting Started in Grant Writing With Lisa Dierker

Lisa Dierker

August 28,2019: In the current research landscape, researchers need to develop grant writing skills. In this podcast, Methodology Center Investigator and Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University Lisa Dierker discusses topics including how to learn what works in grant writing, the best funding mechanisms, and how to approach grant writing … Continue reading

Time-Varying Effect Modeling Interest Group for Penn State

Ashley Linden-Carmichael

August 5, 2019: This fall, Methodology Center Investigator Ashley Linden-Carmichael will be hosting a special interest group for researchers who are interested in time-varying effect modeling (TVEM). TVEM is a data-analysis method that extends linear regression to allow the association between two variables to be modeled without making assumptions about the nature … Continue reading

Free Webinar on Configural Frequency Analysis

July 10, 2019: Configural frequency analysis (CFA) is a data analysis method that can detect patterns that occur more or less often than would be expected to occur according to a prespecified null hypothesis. CFA is applicable across many fields, but in human development, researchers apply it to examine multiple … Continue reading

Fond Farewells

Ben Bayly, Jessica Braymiller, Walter Dempsey, Cara Exten Rice, Jamie Gajos, Grace Mak, Sarah Perzow, Ashley Walton, Mengya Xia

July 9, 2019: Each academic year there are arrivals and departures, but 2019 has seen an unusually high number of former investigators and trainees moving up the ladder in their career. Join us in congratulating all of them! Ben Bayly accepted a position as assistant professor of family studies, child and … Continue reading