Methods Training

Our department offers cutting-edge, advanced methods training for graduate students to prepare them to be avid consumers and producers of research. Our faculty have expertise in advanced research design and statistical methods in applied research settings. Our methods training program reflects this applied focus, by helping students apply advanced statistical techniques to real-world scientific questions. 

Required methods courses for HDFS Ph.D. students:
HDFS 880:  Research Design and Measurement
HDFS 881:  Quantitative Research Methods
HDFS 892: 

Applied Multivariate Data Analysis

HDFS 881 or equivalent introductory graduate statistics course


Advanced methods electives:
HDFS 892:

Applied Structural Equation Modeling

HDFS 881 or equivalent introductory graduate statistics course;
HDFS 892: Applied Multivariate Data Analysis or equivalent is encouraged

HDFS 892:

Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling

HDFS 892: Applied Structural Equation Modeling or equivalent

HDFS 892


HDFS 881 or equivalent introductory graduate statistics course

For non-HDFS students interested in enrolling, please contact us at:

Method Instructors:
Dr. Ryan P. Bowles is an expert in Rasch measurement, Item Response Theory, and Structural Equation Modeling with categorical outcomes. His research focuses on the assessment of early childhood language and literacy development. Dr. Bowles teaches Applied Multivariate Data Analysis, Longitudinal SEM, and Measurement.
Dr. Megan Maas specializes in latent class methodologies, longitudinal survey research, and dyadic data analysis to understand sexual behaviors, how online and offline sexual behaviors change over time, and how partners in intimate relationships affect one another. Dr. Maas teaches Quantitative Research Methods.
Dr. Heather L. McCauley is an expert in survey design, randomized controlled trials, and community-engaged mixed methods including concept mapping. A social epidemiologist by training, her research focuses on the health impacts of violence victimization, and the design and evaluation of clinic- and school-based violence prevention interventions. Dr. McCauley teaches Research Design and Measurement and Program Evaluation. 
Dr. Amy K. Nuttall is an expert in structural equation modeling (SEM), longitudinal data analysis (LSEM), and mixture modeling. She employs these methods in longitudinal data (including intensive longitudinal “diary” sampling), family/dyadic data, and biological data to understand the impact of family processes and dynamics on development over time. Dr. Nuttall teaches Applied Multivariate Data Analysis, Applied SEM, and Longitudinal SEM.
Dr. Yijie Wang’s research employs experience sampling and longitudinal designs to understand development in daily lives and over time. Her work also uses secondary data from nationally representative samples such as the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS). Dr. Wang teaches Applied Multivariate Data Analysis.