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Upcoming Events

New Worlds of Adoption: Launching into Adulthood
Presenters:
Event Date(s):
April 17, 2015 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
| 8:00am to 5:00pm
Location:
Campus Center Auditorium
Description:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Ann Masten, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, will highlight research on resilience in development with a focus on transitions to adulthood. In her keynote address, “Ordinary Magic on the Developmental Road to Resilience,” adoption will be discussed in terms of strengths that promote resilience. Joining Dr. Masten will be three adult adoptees who are now in significant professional positions serving the adoption community:  

Analyzing Developmental Trajectories
Presenters:

Dr. Daniel Nagin, Carnegie-Mellon University

Event Date(s):
June 1 - June 3, 2015 | 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
| 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location:
UMass Amherst
Description:

A developmental trajectory describes the course of a behavior over age or time. This three day workshop aims to provide participants with the training to apply a group-based method for analyzing developmental trajectories. This methodology has four significant capabilities:
(1) the capability to identify rather than assume distinctive groups of trajectories
(2) the capability to estimate the proportion of the population following each such trajectory group

Analyzing Intensive Longitudinal Data
Presenters:

Dr. Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, University of Delaware

Dr. Niall Bolger, Columbia University

Event Date(s):
June 9 - June 12, 2015 | 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
| 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location:
UMass Amherst
Description:

Below is a sample of last years workshop description (A new description is forthcoming.)
Analyzing Intensive Longitudinal Data: A Guide to Diary, Experience Sampling, and Ecological Momentary Assessment Methods

Hierarchical Linear Models I: Introduction
Presenters:

Dr. Aline Sayer, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Event Date(s):
June 22 - June 26, 2015 | 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
| 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location:
UMass Amherst
Description:

The hierarchical linear model (HLM) provides a conceptual framework and a flexible set of analytic tools to study a variety of social, political, and developmental processes. One set of applications focuses on data in which persons are clustered within social contexts, such as couples, families, schools, neighborhoods, or organizations.

Models for Categorical Outcomes Using Stata: Specification, Estimation, and Interpretation
Presenters:

Dr. J. Scott Long, Indiana University

Event Date(s):
June 15 - June 19, 2015 | 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
| 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location:
UMass Amherst
Description:

This workshop deals with the most important regression models for binary, ordinal, nominal and count outcomes. While advances in software make it simple to estimate these models, the effective interpretation of these nonlinear models is a vexingly difficult art that requires time, practice, and a firm grounding in the goals of your analysis and the characteristics of your model. The workshop begins by discussing the general objectives for interpreting results from any regression model and considers why these objectives are more difficult in nonlinear models.

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