Introduction to Survival Analysis: Part 1 of 2

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September 28, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm
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Isaac J. Washburn
Presenter: Isaac Washburn, Ph.D.

This webinar is part of the multi-year NCFR series Quantitative Methods: Learning and Practicing Beginner to Advanced Skills.

Within Family Science, questions regarding whether something will occur is common. For example, one might be interested in whether or at what point someone marries, has a child, or might divorce. However, the ability to predict such events and when it might happen pose methodological challenges. The statistical technique of survival analysis is particularly useful in allowing researchers to answer the when or at what point something might occur and opens the door for new and innovative research questions.

This webinar will introduce participants to survival analysis. Specifically, attendees will learn when and how to use survival analysis, how to interpret the results, and practice running the statistical method; little to no knowledge of this technique is needed before attending the webinar. Handouts will also be provided and attendees will be able to practice the skills being taught both during and after the webinar has occurred. STATA will primarily be used in the demonstration, but additional information on how to perform this technique in different statistical software will be provided (i.e., SPSS).

In part 1 of this two-part webinar series, attendees will learn about the foundations of survival analysis and hazard functions. In part 2, attendees will learn about time-varying and time-invariant predictors to more accurately predict when an event will happen. Hazard functions include the probability occurring at a discrete time, time-invariant predictors do not change over a specified period, and time-varying predictors help understand changes over a specified period.

Although attendees can solely attend the first webinar, it is highly recommended that you register for both webinars to receive the full benefits of learning how to use survival analysis.

Overall, attendees will leave these webinars with the ability to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of survival analysis
  • Understand survival and hazard functions, time-invariant predictors, and time-varying predictors
  • Run and interpret survival analysis

These two webinars will cover the basics of discrete and continuous survival analysis. Part 2 is on October 28.

Each part approved for 1.5 hours of CFLE continuing education credit. Series approved for 3.0 hours.


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About the Presenter

Dr. Isaac Washburn, Ph.D. is an associate professor/research methodologist in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. He received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University with an emphasis in quantitative methods under Dr. Alan Acock, a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and past editor of the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research.

In addition to regularly teaching classes in advanced statistical modeling and methods, Dr. Washburn has been working on federally funded grants for over fifteen years and serves as part of a biostatistics group for the federally funded Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity. Dr. Washburn is also the co-chair of the Statistics Network at Oklahoma State University for which he has regularly taught workshops on a variety of methods such as structural equation model (SEM), working with missing data, and survival analysis.

Dr. Washburn will be the Chair-Elect of the Research and Theory selection of NCFR beginning November 2021 and will serve as chair from November 2023 to November 2025. He will co-chair (for the second time, first time in 2017) the day and half pre-conference workshop on Theory Construction and Research Methods at the 2022 annual conference for NCFR. His personal research looks at family and social predictors of adolescent risky behaviors and evaluating possible prevention strategies.

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