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APA Advanced Training Institutes Set for 2008

ATI instructors make a special effort to cover the diverse ways that emerging approaches and technologies are being applied across psychology, as well as the more specific ways that individual attendees can incorporate these methods into their research areas.

By Nicolle Singer

Sponsored by the Science Directorate, the Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs) are designed to expose new and established faculty, researchers, post-docs, and advanced graduate students to state-of-the-art behavioral science research methods. Each year the Board of Scientific Affairs guides the selection of ATIs, which focus on technologies and tools that are increasingly important to psychological research. Through lecture, labs, and discussions, ATIs tackle the big issues confronting researchers who use (or want to use) these innovative methodologies. ATI instructors make a special effort to cover the diverse ways that emerging approaches and technologies are being applied across psychology, as well as the more specific ways that individual attendees can incorporate these methods into their research areas. Check back at APA ATI for breaking news about these exciting programs and to apply! Application deadlines begin in early winter. If you have any questions, contact the ATI Administrator via email or 202-336-6000.

Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research
June 9-13, 2008
Charlottesville, VA
This ATI highlights recent methodological advances in the analysis of longitudinal data in psychology using structural equation modeling (SEM). A range of topics will be covered, including fundamental measurement problems, dealing with incomplete data, and new techniques for dynamic analyses. John McArdle directs this popular program, which takes place at the University of Virginia.

Nonlinear Methods for Psychological Science
June 9-13, 2008
Cincinnati, OH
This workshop teaches methods of nonlinear analysis, and provides each participant with the first-hand experience of having analyzed data for nonlinear structure. On the first day of the workshop each individual generates data that they will learn to analyze during the ATI. Continuing access to the software that will enable them to perform further nonlinear analyses is provided by instructors after the ATI. Guy Van Orden directs this program, which is held at the University of Cincinnati.

Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups
June 23-27, 2008
East Lansing, MI
This ATI will introduce participants to a variety of research methods and approaches that have been used effectively with racial and ethnic minority groups to produce usable and important information relevant to these populations. Topics will include treatment outcomes, attitude assessment, genomics, internet-based research, and more. This ATI is directed by Frederick Leong, Director of the Center for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University, and takes place at Michigan State.

Geographic Information Systems for Behavioral Research
July 16-18, 2008
Santa Barbara, CA
The objective of this ATI is to introduce the science and technologies of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to psychologists. With a focus on GIS usage in health sciences, cognitive science, counseling, and education, presentations will be made by GIS experts based in departments of Psychology and Geography. Computer lab sessions will familiarize participants with selected GIS software and techniques of Spatial Analysis. This ATI is directed by Reginald Golledge, a leading behavioral geographer, and will take place at the University of California - Santa Barbara.

Using Large-Scale Databases: NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development
August 4-8, 2008
Chapel Hill, NC
This workshop focuses on large-scale datasets, using the NICHD-sponsored longitudinal Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) as the exemplar. Topics include the study’s design, how to use the raw data sets, statistical strategies for large-scale datasets, and data mining in large-scale datasets. A group of SECCYD investigators and data managers lead this ATI, which takes place at the University of North Carolina. This will be the final ATI on this topic during the data collection phase of the SECCYD.