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Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) Foundations Seminar

September 30 @ 9:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

This camp is an intensive THREE-DAY seminar on structural equation models (SEM) hosted at UCLA’s Math Sciences 5628 (Visualization Portal).

Instructor: Dr. Todd D. Little,  Professor and Director of Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics at Texas Tech University

Overview: This seminar includes a series of lectures and examples to provide you with the foundations you need in the use of SEM. Topics include confirmatory factor analysis, multiple-group comparisons, factorial invariance as well as extended applications such as parceling. Even if you have taken a prior seminar on SEM, this seminar will serve as a refresher on basic concepts but also introduce you to the latest advances in the craft of structural equation modeling.

Participants will receive an electronic copy of all seminar materials, including lecture slides, practice datasets, software scripts, relevant supporting documentation, and recommended readings.

Register with a valid UCLA email and get a 25% discount!

Professionals: $1095  $821.25 Students: $945 $708.75




Monday September 30, 2019
9:00 am Welcome and Introductions. Philosophy and Foundations
10:15-10:30 Snack and Refreshment Break
Foundations and Scale setting
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break
Defining Constructs and Identification
2:30 – 2:45 Snack and Refreshment Break
Confirmatory Factor Analysis I – Introduction to CFA
5:00 pm End daily
Tuesday October 1, 2019
9:00 am Missing Data
10:15-10:30 Snack and Refreshment Break
Confirmatory Factor Analysis II – Comparing Models, Model fit
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break
CFA: The foundation of any SEM model, continued
2:30 – 2:45 Snack and Refreshment Break
Parcels and Parceling; Start of Individual Consultations
Wednesday October 2, 2019
9:00 am Multiple-Group CFA – Testing for configural and weak invariance
10:15-10:30 Snack and Refreshment Break
Multiple-Group CFA – Testing for Strong Invariance
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break
Multiple-Group CFA – Tests and comparing latent parameters
2:30 – 2:45 Snack and Refreshment Break
Wrap-up then Individual Consultations


September 30 @ 9:00 am
October 2 @ 5:00 pm


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