Issue: May 2015
eNews from The Methodology Center

Hi everyone,


I want to take a moment to introduce our newest initiative for connecting scientists with our latest research methods. This year (starting with the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting this May) we will highlight the time-varying effect model (TVEM). Declaring this the "Year of TVEM" means that we will provide more trainings, presentations, software releases, podcasts, and news stories related to TVEM in the coming twelve months. Our purpose is to give you as many opportunities as possible to learn about and apply TVEM. 

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Sara Vasilenko, Lisa Dierker, Rebecca Evans-Polce

Society for Prevention Research Washington DC, May 27-29, 2015

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! 


Read about our symposia, workshops, and moreYear of TVEM

The Methodology Center is pleased to release the latest version (1.2) of the LCA Stata plugin for conducting latent class analysis (LCA). Thanks to user feedback, we altered the plugin to prevent less powerful versions of Stata from generating errors based on the matrix size used in the analysis. As always, the plugin 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.

Donna Coffman In this podcast, we talk with Methodology Center Investigator Donna Coffman about the K01 award she received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. Topics include the emergence of big data in NIH-funded research and the practical aspects of applying for a career award. Donna also explains her research on analyzing biosensor data from a parenting study and how her move into big data integrates with her research on causal inference. 
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In a recent special issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, four officials from the National Cancer Institute and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) authored an editorial, "The Promise of Intensive Longitudinal Data Capture for Behavioral Health Research."  


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Stephanie Lanza Methodology Center Scientific Director

Stephanie Lanza is accepting applications for a postdoctoral research position. This person will collaborate on applying innovative methods to advance understanding of health behaviors. Please spread the word!


Read the job description

IES Calls for SMART Designs

The Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has issued a request for applications for special education research grants. IES specifically requests applications that develop "high-quality adaptive interventions," like those created using a SMART.


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