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Analyzing Intensive Longitudinal Data: A Guide to Diary, Experience Sampling and Ecological Momentary Assessment Methods

Dr. Jean-Philippe Laurenceau and Dr. Niall Bolger

Registration Information: 

For more information, registration and fees, please visit the ICPSR website. Fee for this course is $1700.

Intensive longitudinal methods, often called experience sampling, daily diary, or ecological momentary assessment methods, allow researchers to study people's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in their natural contexts. Typically they involve self-reports from individuals, dyads, families or other small groups over the course of hours, days, and weeks.

The 2015 Analyzing Intensive Longitudinal Data class congregates in the stairwell of UMass Amherst's Integrative Learning Center (ILC).Such data can reveal life as it is actually lived and provide insights that are not possible using conventional experimental or survey research methods.  Intensive longitudinal data, however, present data analytic challenges stemming from the multiple levels of analysis and temporal dependencies in the data. The multilevel or mixed-effects model for longitudinal data is a flexible analytic tool that can take account of these complexities, and the goal of the 4-day workshop is to provide training in its use.

Drawn from the presenters' recent book, Intensive Longitudinal Methods (Guilford Press, 2013)course topics will include:

  • History of intensive longitudinal methods and designs
  • Time course analysis: Continuous outcomes
  • Within-person causal processes: Continuous outcomes
  • Dyadic intensive longitudinal data: Continuous outcomes
  • Time course and causal processes: Categorical outcomes
  • Psychometrics of intensive longitudinal data
  • Statistical mediation in structural equation models of intensive longitudinal data
  • Power analyses for intensive longitudinal designs.

The presenters’ book is strongly recommended for course participants and can be purchased from

The course will include lectures, software demonstrations, and data analysis practice with example datasets and, if relevant, participants’ own data. Various software packages will be used, including SAS, SPSS, R, and Mplus.

Prerequisites: We will assume that participants have taken a basic regression course and that they have collected or are interested in collecting intensive longitudinal data.

TAGS: Diary Studies; Experience Sampling; Ecological Momentary Assessment; Multilevel Modeling; Longitudinal Data Analysis; Dyadic Data Analysis; Psychometrics; Statistical Mediation; Power Analysis.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. 

The sessions will run from 9 AM - 5 PM each day.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, June 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
UMass Amherst

Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, PhD, University of Delaware
Niall Bolger, PhD, Columbia University