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APA to Sponsor Four Advanced Training Institutes in 2009; Line-Up Includes a New Topic – Data Mining

Through lectures, labs, and discussions, expert instructors lead participants to understand how new methods and technologies can be applied within psychological science.

By Nicolle Singer
Each summer, APA’s Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs) tackle the big issues confronting researchers who seek to use innovative and emerging methodologies.  Through lectures, labs, and discussions, expert instructors lead participants to understand how new methods and technologies can be applied within psychological science.  Instructors not only offer a big-picture view of these methodologies but also help individual attendees incorporate them into their own research.  ATIs are appropriate for new and established faculty, non-academic researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

Participants in the 2008 Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups ATI.

As described below, four ATIs will be held in the summer of 2009.  Each one takes place on or near the campus of a major university.  Application deadlines for these programs begin in late March.  Applications must be submitted online through the webpage for each ATI. 

Modest financial support is available for some ATI participants.  Details can be found on each ATI’s webpage.  Requests for support must also be submitted online.

Nonlinear Methods for Psychological Science (June 8-12, University of Cincinnati; deadline: March 24).  This ATI will provide participants with an overview of and first-hand experience in analyzing data for nonlinear structure.  Participants will leave the ATI with software and strategies for performing various types of nonlinear analyses on their own.  Instructors include Dr. Guy Van Orden (director) and additional faculty from UC and other universities.

Research Methods with Diverse Racial & Ethnic Groups (June 22-26, Michigan State University; deadline: March 30).  Dr. Frederick Leong, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Multicultural Psychology Research at MSU, will direct this ATI.  The instructors, who come from various universities, will discuss a wide range of research approaches that can be used with diverse racial and ethnic groups to produce significant and useful knowledge about these populations.  Time will also be set aside for informal dialogue with instructors and networking among participants.   Participation in the ATI will help researchers to conduct studies that are culturally appropriate and relevant. 

Structural Equation Modeling in Longitudinal Research (June 29-July 3, University of Virginia; deadline: April 6).  This ATI will cover basic and advanced issues in the analysis of longitudinal psychological data using structural equation modeling.  Dr. John McArdle, of the University of Southern California, will be the director of this ATI, with Dr. John Nesselroade (UVa) and other experts serving as instructors. 

Exploratory Data Mining in Behavioral Research (July 20-24, University of Southern California; deadline: April 14).  This ATI is being offered for the first time in 2009, with Dr. John McArdle (USC) serving as director.  The program will provide an overview of recent advances in exploratory data mining for the analysis of psychological and behavioral data, including both general principles and specific techniques.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own data to work on in consultation with the instructors. In addition to Dr. McCardle, instructors will include Dr. John Nesselroade (UVa) and other
faculty from US and European universities. 

The APA website also provides an up-to-date list of other training opportunities for psychologists. These programs span a wide range of behavioral, social, and biological research and are sponsored by university departments and centers, national funding agencies, and other organizations.  Suggestions for other training programs to add to this list may be sent to the Science Directorate.