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Summer Program Workshop on Integrated Data Analysis for Addiction Research

The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is holding a 3-day workshop on Integrated Data Analysis for addiction researchers from July 1-3, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Integrated data analysis (IDA) allows for the pooling of separate data sets to create larger, more heterogeneous data sets that can be used to test hypotheses, despite differences across studies in populations, study design, and measurement. Unlike data harmonization which requires identical measures across datasets, IDA allows for the development of measures that are psychometrically equivalent across data sets. This training workshop will use lectures and hands-on training to introduce researchers to the IDA method and to statistical methods for the development of psychometrically equivalent measure of nicotine dependence across studies and levels of smoking exposure. The workshop will use a pooled dataset that combines nicotine dependence symptoms across multiple years of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC: Wave 1).

Prerequisites
: Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of secondary data, fundamental data analysis skills, basic knowledge of SAS and Mplus, and a substantive interest in substance use and dependence. Basic knowledge of factor analysis/structural equation modeling would be helpful.

Stipend
: A limited number of needs-based stipends are available to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered for a stipend, applicants must clearly indicate aid needed in the cover letter and also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or adviser.

Deadline
: Deadline for application is June 1, 2013.

Fee
: There are no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Application
: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Get more information about the workshop and apply using the ICPSR Summer Program portal at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/courses/0168.

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