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During the month of June, the Science Directorate offered three different Advanced Training Institutes.

By Amy Test

During the month of June, the Science Directorate offered three different Advanced Training Institutes, the first of which was held from June 7-10 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through a grant from NICHD and in affiliation with the Research Triangle Institute, the course centered on longitudinal data from the NICHD's Study of Early Child Care (SECC), and instructors were SECC investigators and data managers. Topics included the conceptual framework of the study, its methodological design, description and psychometric properties of a large subset of variables included in the analytical data sets, and introduction to the raw data sets. Workshops included lecture, discussion, and hands-on computer sessions.

Due to the continued success of the program, APA's Science Directorate again sponsored a weeklong series of lectures and computer workshops on longitudinal methods, modeling, and measurement in contemporary psychological research. Held from June 13-17, 2005 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, faculty members John McArdle, Karen Schmidt, and John Nesselroade led the course.

Through a grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), the Science Directorate again offered an ATI on functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), from June 19-24, 2005 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The course provides training and hands-on experience in experimental design and data analysis, and also covers some of the necessary background in physics, biology, and biophysics. Directed by Robert L. Savoy, head of fMRI Education at Massachusetts General Hospital, the course is designed for active researchers who are new to the field of fMRI.

The Science Directorate is also pleased to be offering a new course on Performing Web-Based Experiments from July 19-23 at California State University, Fullerton. Led by Michael Birnbaum, this ATI will prepare participants to design, execute, and analyze on-line experiments. In addition, there will be instruction on methods of recruitment, ethics reviews, methodological problems and issues such as drop out and multiple submission, recruitment and retention of Online Panels, and techniques for implementation and control of Web surveys and experiments. Opportunities to interact with the instructors and receive individual attention will be provided.

The Science Directorate will continue to expand ATI offerings, and welcomes suggestions for topic areas. Please send a message to the ATI mailbox with your comments.