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

Video: Two-Hour Webinar on Latent Transition Analysis

April 10, 2018: Thanks to all who participated in our 1 & 1 workshop on latent transition analysis (LTA). This is a video of the webinar that Methodology Center Associate Director Bethany Bray presented on Thursday, March 29, 2018. The video includes both the one-hour presentation and the one-hour question-and-answer session that followed. This … Continue reading

The Methodology Center at SPR

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April 9, 2018: Are you planning to attend the Society for Prevention Research 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on May 29 – June 1, 2018? If so, schedule some time for some of our many symposia, talks, posters, technology demonstrations, and more. May 29 1:15 p.m—2:45 p.m. Symposium: The … Continue reading

Apply for Free Consulting on Optimizing Your Intervention

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April 2, 2018: The Methodology Center is pleased to offer free consulting sessions for scientists interested in the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). MOST is an approach to the development, optimization, and evaluation of behavioral, biobehavioral, and biomedical interventions. Developed by Linda Collins and colleagues at The Methodology Center, MOST has been applied in over 20 … Continue reading

Susan Murphy Receives PMWC Luminary Award

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March 14, 2018: Congratulations to Methodology Center Investigator Susan Murphy, recipient of the 2018 Luminary Award from the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC). The PMWC Luminary Award recognizes researchers “who have accelerated personalized medicine into the clinical marketplace.” Susan is being recognized for “innovative data science methods to improve patient … Continue reading

Join Us at SBM

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February 27, 2018: Are you planning to attend the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s 39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions in New Orleans on April 11-14, 2018? If so, schedule some time for some of our many talks, posters, workshops, and more. April 11 8:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Course “Novel experimental … Continue reading

Podcast: New Book on MOST With Linda Collins

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February 26, 2018: In this podcast, Methodology Center Director Linda Collins discusses 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 that has been developed by Linda and her collaborators over the past 14 … Continue reading

New Book on the Optimization of Interventions

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February 19, 2018: We are pleased to announce the availability of a new book by Methodology Center Director Linda M. Collins. Optimization of Behavioral, Biobehavioral, and Biomedical Interventions: The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST), published by Springer, is available through Springer’s website and other online booksellers, and it can be downloaded … Continue reading