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woman breaking cigaretteApril 29, 2015

Year of TVEM

In 2014, a special issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research featured applications of the time-varying effect model (TVEM) and other methods for the analysis of intensive longitudinal data (ILD). In that issue, four NIH officials—Elizabeth Ginexi, William Riley, and Audie Atienza of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Patricia Mabry of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)—authored an editorial, “The promise of intensive longitudinal data capture for behavioral health research.” In this piece, the authors discussed the potential of ILD to advance science and highlighted resources at NIH for supporting research related to the collection and analysis of ILD.

 

Sara Vasilenko, Lisa Dierker, Rebecca Evans-PolceApril 27, 2015

Society for Prevention Research

Washington DC, May 27-29, 2015

 

Year of TVEM

Methodology Center researchers will be very active at SPR with posters, symposia, presentations, a workshop, a special interest group, a technical demonstration of our software, and the SPR Cup competition. Below are just a few opportunities to discuss our research with us, including the poster session, “A novel technique for addressing crucial questions in the prevention of health-risk behavior,” which is the inaugural event in our Year of TVEM. We hope to see you at the conference!

 

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April 13, 2015

LCA Stata PluginThe Methodology Center is pleased to release the latest version (1.2) of the LCA Stata plugin for conducting latent class analysis (LCA). We improved the plugin based on user feedback. Specifically, we altered the plugin to prevent lower versions of Stata from generating errors based on the matrix size used in the analysis. As always, the software is available for download free of charge, though you need Stata to run it. For an overview of the functionality of the LCA Stata plugin, please visit the download page. The users’ guide has also been updated. Please email mchelpdesk@psu.edu with any questions or feedback.
 

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Megan Patrick, Ph.D.

March 12, 2015

Congratulations to Methodology Center Affiliate Megan Patrick and the team of researchers from Penn State’s Methodology Center and the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, who were awarded an R01 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for their project, “Dynamic Links Between Risk Factors, Substance Use, and Consequences: Ages 18-35." The investigators will use innovative methods developed at The Methodology Center to examine long-term panel data from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, which has been gathering data from a large, national sample of adolescents since 1975.


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