Mplus Webinarium

Integrate your SEM development seamlessly into your work.

Mplus Webinarium

Tackle your own research questions as you learn new techniques.

Mplus Webinarium

Ask questions about your own analyses when you get stuck.

Mplus Webinarium

Complete the analyses for your publication by the end of the course.

Welcome!

For over 7 years I’ve been delivering in-person courses on SEM with Mplus in Cambridge, UK: see here. I love it. But in the current health-crisis climate, I am now reviving my online-webinar project, which was born in 2017 from a desire to reach those who cannot easily come to Cambridge. Enter Mplus Webinarium.

Here is what students of my in-person course have said about their experience.

 

The course is very useful; the clear instruction explains how to trouble shoot difficulties in Mplus, leaving students confident at approaching future analysis.

Hanna Creese, University College London, UK

Gabriela’s course is unique in being taught by a real statistics expert who can answer any question you can imagine. The fact that she can also teach the basics with clarity makes this class highly valuable.

Peter Ward, University of Warwick, UK

I recently attended the structural equation modeling course run by Dr Gabriela Roman at Cambridge University. It was an instant relief to be a part of this course since I knew I would be using SEM for one of my PhD chapters but had no prior knowledge of this technique, and the course was run at a very comfortable pace, it was highly comprehensive and enjoyable. I benefitted very much, taking away with me invaluable knowledge of the basic foundations of SEM as well as insight into the intricacies of actually running these models and dealing with common and unusual problems- the latter of which I have been very grateful for recently when working with my own data! I highly recommend anyone who will be working with SEM to attend this course, it was excellent.

Ada Miltz, University College London, UK

This MPlus course with Gabriela was a great experience! It offered me a profound theoretical basis on SEM together with a lot of useful tips-and-tricks to work on my own data. Gabriela’s enthusiasm really encouraged me and she managed to explain complex ideas in a really comprehensible way. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in MPlus!

Sofie Heirweg, Ghent University, Belgium

I really enjoyed the Mplus course. You don’t feel left behind, as it is practical and hands-on. I did not know a thing about Mplus nor SEM before I started the course and now I was already able to use some of the techniques on my own data…with success!

Mona De Smul, Ghent University, Belgium

The most useful course I went to. If you want to start working with Mplus, I strongly recommend taking this course. Everything is right: the pace, the reasonable size of the group, the theory kept to a bearable amount and the multiple applications and examples to get hands on the data analysis straight away. Gabriela makes sure everyone follows and is not stuck before moving on, so that we actually learn and apply the new knowledge straight away. I started using Mplus for longitudinal data analysis (latent growth curve modelling) for my own research after the course and the course material is my bible – I am referring to it all the time!

Dr Camille Lassale, University College London, UK

Before starting on the course I didn’t know anything about SEM or MPlus. By the end of the course I felt confident enough to try these techniques on my own data. It was a very supportive and flexible course taught by a very knowledgeable tutor.

Dr Fiona Kyle, London City University, UK

Attending the course turned out to be the best decision I ever made. The course has indeed provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze my data and turn them into meaningful causal models. Advanced topics such as mixture modeling, which I thought I’d never ever grasp, was made very simple. In sum, the course was awesome and enjoyable and I would highly recommend it.

Amna Al Abri, University of Conneticut, USA

The Mplus course is practical oriented. Many useful and helpful examples are provided in a cooperative atmosphere. And I really enjoyed the group atmosphere of the course.

Amelie Rogiers, Ghent University, Belgium

I did three courses in SEM in different UK universities last year, and this is by far the best. This course is pragmatic, it teaches you what you need without dwelling into complex mathematical explanations but at the same time, the basics are covered so you can be confident you will do your analysis rigorously.

Dr Blanca Bolea, University of Bristol, UK

Mplus course in Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) is truly unique. The course offers important topics about SEM and factor analysis that are all taught by a wonderfully supportive instructor who made me love statistics, even more; especially that it was not taught in a technical way. All the examples that were used made it easy to understand the statistics behind it. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is interested in statistics and looking to gain the essential skills needed for their academic careers, including graduates and researchers from different fields.

Eman El Sahan, University of Cambridge, UK

I attended the Structural Equation Modeling with Mplus course this autumn and found it very helpful. Gabriela explains and illustrates statistical models and Mplus programming in ways that ensures understanding, practical knowledge, and interpretation of the results. Her pedagogical ways in teaching are extraordinary and she explains difficult topics very well and ensures integrated understanding from the audience. The course, with good theoretical introductions and examples, ensures that every participant will progress in practice and understanding throughout the course.

Dr Rolf Gjestad, University of Bergen, Norway

This MPlus course was fantastic. It not only provided me with the skills and confidence to conduct the analyses in MPlus but, also, the details of why, how, and what the analyses were about. Furthermore, I now know how to read and interpret the output files to assess and modify my models.

Dr Melissa Scarpate, University of Cambridge, UK

Structure

It’s all very easy. You attend a 2-hour webinar, all from the comfort of your home or office, then attempt the quiz/homework before the next session. The webinar will be recorded and made available to you, so instead of frantically taking notes you’ll be able to undertake the delicate job of handling a coffee and cake. Perfect! And if you can’t make it to a session, you can simply view it later, doing the exercises while watching it offline, and catch up before the next session.

For the upcoming course, the dates and times (all UK time) are:

  • 9th April: 10am-12am and 1.00pm-3.00pm.
  • 17th April: 10am-12am and 1.30pm-3.30pm.
  • 24th April: 10am-12am and 1.30pm-3.30pm.

 

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Online Webinar

Learn a range of SEM techniques and how to run them in Mplus
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Fully interactive

Ask questions and complete tasks to maximise active learning
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Homework

Lock in the knowledge gained during the webinars

Interactive

So what’s it like to actually participate in one of my webinars?

Well, here’s an actual excerpt from a session on Multilevel modelling. This is a real webinar, warts and all. Please note, this recording was in the middle of a session, hence the rather abrupt start and end.

Things not featured in the video:

  • This is the video you would actually have access to after the webinar. During the webinar, it acts like a “shared screen”. Afterwards I edit the sound a bit to decrease noise and then I add it to your dedicated online account.
  • During the actual webinar, your computer screen would also feature a chat-box,  in which you can insert your answers when prompted.
  • Other interactive features we will use but are not included in this specific video sample: using your mouse (or pen if you have a touchscreen) to mark things on the screen; turning your microphone on to directly chat with me (you will always have the choice to refuse verbal engagement and mics will be turned off by default so we don’t all hear background sounds from your home).

 

Things to notice:

  • I try to be considerate and don’t usually mention people’s names (unless it’s for praise). I hope this will help make you feel confortable answering questions, even when you’re not sure what the answer is. If you type in the wrong answer, noone has to know. 😉 Besides, even I make mistakes sometimes (see minute 6-ish in the video).
  • The session includes “time to think”. It is rather fast-paced in this sample, as there were very few of us and everyone answered very fast. In general, the built-in pauses are adjusted on the fly and I aim to allow enough time for everyone to think things through.

My main focus is to foster active learning, in a friendly environment. The challenge I see for myself is not “how to best teach“, but “how to best help you learn“. If you have any other questions and/or anxieties about what it would be like as an experience, you can always send me an email with your questions at: contact{@}mpluscambridge.com (delete the { } from the address).

Courses 2020

12 January 17

9 April

Mplus and
Path Analysis
19 January 17

9 April

Factor analysis
(EFA and CFA)
26 January 17

17 April

Introduction to multilevel modeling
2 February 17

17 April

Multilevel
path analysis
9 February 17

24 April

Cross-level interactions
16 February 17

24 April

Multi-level factor analysis and SEM

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About

My name is Gabriela Roman and I am a Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. Previously I was fortunate to learn a little bit about various branches of psychology and criminology: a PhD in developmental psychology (Cambridge University), an MPhil in criminological research (Cambridge University), and a BA in cognitive and social psychology (Jacobs University Bremen).

I developed a passion for teaching SEM and I have given many in-person courses in Cambridge over the past 7+ years. The experience is always enriching and I derive immense satisfaction. At the same time, however, I receive many emails from interested researchers who cannot make the trip to Cambridge and it has always saddened me that I could not help. That’s how Mplus Webinarium was born: out of a desire to share my passion of teaching it and of helping more of you gain access to the power of structural equation modeling.

I hope you will enjoy this online course at least as much as I enjoy teaching it. Best wishes and I hope to see you soon!

Gabriela.