Featured Article: LCA on Trends in Teen Marijuana Use

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October 17, 2018: Over the last several years, laws about marijuana use have been changing across the United States. Methodology Center researchers Jessica Braymiller, Ashley Linden-Carmichael, and Stephanie Lanza wanted to know how marijuana use and attitudes about marijuana use might be changing in the face of those legal changes. In … Continue reading

Podcast: Social Network Analysis With Ashton Verdery

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October 10, 2018: In our latest podcast, Ashton Verdery, assistant professor of sociology and demography at Penn State, discusses social network analysis (SNA). One increasingly important use of SNA is to study marginalized populations who are otherwise hard to sample. In health, behavioral, and social sciences, SNA has been used to … Continue reading

Penn State Launches New Consortium to Combat Opioid Crisis

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October 3, 2018: Pennsylvania is one of the states most impacted by the growing opioid epidemic, with one of the highest overdose death rates in the country — but a new initiative bringing together experts from across Penn State aims to combat this crisis through data-driven, evidence-based innovation. The Penn … Continue reading

MOST Teachers’ Corner: New Resource for Teaching and Learning

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October 2, 2018: The MOST Teachers’ Corner provides resources for instructors who want to incorporate instruction on the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) into methods courses. The download will enable instructors to easily prepare a presentation that introduces MOST during one class session. The MOST Teachers’ Corner includes a PowerPoint presentation and recommended readings. Linda Collins crafted the … Continue reading

Video: Webinar on Analysis of Data From an MRT

September 20, 2018: Thanks to all who participated in our 1 & 1 workshop on analysis of data from a micro-randomized trial (MRT). This is a video of the webinar that Methodology Center Principal Investigator Susan Murphy presented on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The video includes both the presentation and the question-and-answer session that followed. … Continue reading

Help Wanted!

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September 18, 2018: The Methodology Center is seeking another methodologist to join our collaborative team. This is a research faculty position, open to candidates at the assistant or associate level. Candidates must have strong statistical programming skills, experience analyzing large, complex data sets, and familiarity with modern methods for handling and analyzing … Continue reading

Webinar on PAMT Postdoctoral Fellowships

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September 11, 2018: Join Methodology Center Associate Director Bethany Bray for an informational session about postdoctoral fellowships in the Prevention and Methodology Training program (PAMT). PAMT trains postdocs in both prevention science and statistical methodology and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse through a T32 grant. The discussion will cover the purpose … Continue reading

Free Webinar on Multilevel Modeling

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September 10, 2018: Join our upcoming 1 & 1 workshop, when Methodology Center Investigator Michael Russell will present an introduction to multilevel modeling (MLM) for intensive longitudinal data. 1 & 1 workshops consist of a one-hour live video presentation on a method followed by a one-hour question-and-answer session with the presenter. The … Continue reading

Free Webinar on Micro-Randomized Trials (Part 2)

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August 13, 2018: Join our next 1 & 1 workshop, when Methodology Center Investigator Susan Murphy will present “Analyzing data from a micro-randomized trial (MRT).” 1 & 1 workshops consist of a one-hour live video presentation on a method followed by a one-hour question-and-answer session with the presenter. The workshop will be … Continue reading

Podcast: New Book on Advanced Topics in MOST

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August 8, 2018: In podcast 33, Methodology Center Director Linda Collins and Faculty Affiliate Kari Kugler discuss the new book from Springer that they edited, Optimization of Behavioral, ​Biobehavioral, and Biomedical Interventions: Advanced Topics. This is the second book on the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) to be published this year. MOST is an engineering-based framework for optimizing … Continue reading

Featured Article: Sexual Abuse as a Unique Predictor of Issues in Adolescence

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July 30, 2018: In a recent article in Journal of Adolescence, Kate Guastaferro, assistant research professor at The Methodology Center, and her collaborators examined whether sexual abuse is a unique predictor of adolescent sexual behaviors, pregnancy, and motherhood. Previous research indicated that maltreatment is a risk factor for many negative outcomes … Continue reading

TVEM Teachers’ Corner: New Resource for Teaching a Methods Course

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July 26, 2018: The TVEM Teachers’ Corner provides resources for instructors who want to incorporate instruction on time-varying effect modeling (TVEM) into methods courses. The download will enable instructors to easily include a presentation and an exercise about TVEM into a class session. The TVEM Teachers’ Corner includes a PowerPoint presentation, two introductory articles for instructors, … Continue reading

Introduction to Time-Varying Effect Modeling (TVEM) for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

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June 12,2018: ​We are pleased to offer the workshop, “Understanding Age-Related Changes Using the Time-Varying Effect Model”. TVEM allows researchers use several types of data to model the way associations between variables change over time. The workshop will present the concepts and applications of TVEM in order to give Penn State graduate … Continue reading

Audiobook Excerpt: Preface to Linda Collins’ Book on MOST

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May 17,2018: In this special edition podcast, Methodology Center Director Linda Collins reads the preface to her new book from Springer, Optimization of Behavioral, Biobehavioral, and Biomedical Interventions: The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST). MOST is an engineering-based framework for optimizing interventions, developed by Linda and her collaborators over the past 14 … Continue reading