Summer Institute on Analysis of Ecological Momentary Data


January 29, 2018: We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Lanza and Michael Russell will present this year’s Summer Institute on Innovative Methods, “Analysis of Ecological Momentary Assessment Data Using Multilevel Modeling and Time-Varying Effect Modeling.” During the Summer Institute, Stephanie and Mike will provide attendees with the theoretical background and … Continue reading

Podcast: Using MOST to Improve STI Prevention


January 27, 2016: In this podcast, we discuss the application of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) to the development of an online intervention to reduce sexual risk behavior among college students. Host Aaron Wagner speaks with Kari Kugler, Methodology Center investigator, and Amanda Tanner, assistant professor of public health education at University of … Continue reading

New R-Package for Optimizing Interventions


January 24, 2018: Our latest software release will assist R users who are planning studies that follow the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). The MOST: Multiphase Optimization Strategy R package combines the functionality of the RelativeCosts1 SAS macro for charting the relative costs of reduced factorial designs; the FactorialPowerPlan SAS macro for calculating … Continue reading

Video: Introduction to MOST


January 23, 2018: We recently released an eight-minute video that provides a conceptual overview of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). Methodology Center Director Linda Collins explains the phases MOST, a framework for optimizing behavioral and biobehavioral interventions. This is the third in our new series of instructional videos; video introductions … Continue reading

Collecting Data in Schools with Zena Mello


January 15, 2018: In a relaxed and engaging conversation, Zena Mello, associate professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, discusses the opportunities, complications, obligations, and challenges associated with collecting data in public high schools. She explains her experiences developing relationships and working in two schools that are only minutes … Continue reading

Pilot Project Funding Available

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January 11, 2018: Methodology Center Collaborative Research Projects are designed to bring talented and energetic researchers into the field of methodology and to foster new collaborative research ties between Methodology Center researchers and other faculty at Penn State. We are seeking competitive proposals to develop methodology in the prevention and … Continue reading

Five-Day Training on Optimization


December 5, 2017: Join us May 14-18, 2018, in Bethesda, Maryland for a five-day, multi-presenter training on the Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions. Applications to attend the training will be accepted beginning today. Instructors include Drs. Linda M. Collins, Daniel Almirall, Kari Kugler, and Kate Guastaferro. The training will cover the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST); factorial … Continue reading

Featured Article: Finding the Links Between Parenting, Social Anxiety, and Adolescent Substance Use


November 30, 2017: Several studies have demonstrated connections between parenting and adolescent substance use, but many aspects of the relationship are not understood. In a forthcoming article in Development and Psychopathology, Methodology Center investigator Bridget Weymouth and her collaborators examine how social anxiety mediates the relationship between parenting and adolescent … Continue reading

Video: Two-Hour MOST Workshop

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November 21, 2017: Thanks to all who participated in our 1 & 1 workshop on the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Methodology Center Director Linda Collins presented an introduction to optimizing health interventions using MOST. We filmed both the one-hour presentation and the one-hour question-and-answer session that … Continue reading

Runze Li Named Fellow of AAAS

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November 20, 2017: Congratulations to Methodology Center Investigator Runze Li for being named a 2017 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAS Fellows are recognized for their contributions to science and technology. Runze is one of only seven statisticians recognized by AAAS this year. AAAS is the … Continue reading

Linda Collins Receives Career Research Award


November 9, 2017: Congratulations to Methodology Center Director Linda Collins, recipient of the 2017 Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development. This award is given to a faculty member who has “made outstanding research contributions to the field of health and … Continue reading

Article: Are Drinking and Sexual Behaviors Different for People Who Go to College?

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October 18, 2017: Despite the media coverage and research that have been devoted to risky behavior among young adults, many questions remain about which populations are at risk. In a recent article in Journal of Research on Adolescence, Methodology Center Investigators Sara Vasilenko, Ashley Linden-Carmichael, Stephanie Lanza, and Methodology Center Affiliate Megan … Continue reading

Free, Two-Hour, Online Workshop About MOST

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October 10, 2017: For our next 1 & 1, Methodology Center Director Linda Collins will present an introduction to the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) for optimizing interventions on Tuesday, November 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Log in at 1 & 1 workshops consist of a one-hour … Continue reading