Featured Article: LCA of How Child Maltreatment Affects Later Life

February 20, 2019: Research has shown that exposure to child maltreatment increases the risk for many negative outcomes throughout the lifespan, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and problem substance use. In a new article in Emerging Adulthood, Methodology Center Investigators Kate Guastaferro and Bethany Bray examined how the experience of different patterns of childhood maltreatment … Continue reading

Join us for “MOST-ly Mingling” at SBM

February 13,2019: On March 6, Linda Collins and Kate Guastaferro will present the pre-conference workshop “Introduction to MOST for Building More Effective, Efficient, Economical, and Scalable Behavioral Interventions” at the Society for Behavioral Medicine 40th Annual Meeting. That evening, there will be an informal gathering from 6:30 to 7:30-ish at … Continue reading

Summer Institute on Mixed-Effects Location Scale Modeling

January 28, 2019: We are pleased to announce that Donald Hedeker will present this year’s Summer Institute on Innovative Methods, “Variability in Intensive Longitudinal Data: Mixed-Effects Location Scale Modeling.” During the Summer Institute, Don will provide attendees with the theoretical background and applied skills necessary to use basic two- and three-level mixed models, … Continue reading

Free, Two-Hour, Webinar on Latent Class Analysis

Bethany Bray

January 22, 2019: For our next 1 & 1 webinar, Methodology Center Associate Director Bethany Bray will present an introduction to latent class analysis (LCA). 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 held on Tuesday, February … Continue reading

Video: Webinar on Multilevel Modeling

Webinar on Multilevel Modeling

January 09, 2019: This is a video of the webinar on multilevel modeling (MLM) for intensive longitudinal data that Methodology Center Investigator Michael Russell presented on November 14, 2018. The video includes both the presentation and the question-and-answer session that followed. Portions of the video were re-recorded due to audio problems with recording of the original … Continue reading

Coffee Hour for Research Faculty

December 12, 2018: In an effort to expand collaborations and community among the research faculty in the College of Health and Human Development, The Methodology Center will be hosting a casual coffee hour one Friday morning each month. This monthly get together is meant to create a zero-pressure environment for … Continue reading

Applications Open for May 2019 Training on Optimization

Linda M. Collins

December 1, 2018: Apply now to attend the Training on Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions in Bethesda, Maryland on May 13-17, 2019. The goal of this five-day training is to help attendees gain the skills they need to use the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) to optimize behavioral and biobehavioral interventions. This training is … Continue reading

Using REDCap to Manage Data With MOST

November 26, 2018: When following the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) to build an intervention, it is often most efficient to conduct an optimization trial using an experimental design that requires management of many more conditions than would be necessary in the typical two- or three-arm randomized controlled trial (RCT). Examples are … Continue reading

Video: Webinar on Postdoctoral Fellowships

November 13, 2018: Thanks to all who participated in our informational webinar on postdoctoral fellowships in the Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program. This is a video of the webinar that Bethany Bray, associate training director of PAMT, presented on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The video includes both the presentation and the question-and-answer session that followed. The video … Continue reading

Linda Collins to Give Schmitt Russell Research Lecture


October 31, 2018: Methodology Center Director Linda M. Collins will present the talk, “Bringing Health and Education Interventions into the 21st Century,” for the 2018 Schmitt Russell Research Lecture. The talk is open to the public and will be given at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in the Bennett Pierce Living … Continue reading

Featured Article: LCA on Trends in Teen Marijuana Use


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


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

Stephanie Lanza

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