Quantitative Methods Webinar Series

Learning and Practicing Beginner to Advanced Skills

NCFR's  multi-year research webinar series—organized by Dr. Isaac Washburn at Oklahoma State University—focuses on teaching and applying quantitative methods regardless of one’s level of expertise.

The series first covers foundational skills before moving on to more advanced topics. These webinars are developed with both students and professionals in mind.

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On-Demand Recordings Available for Purchase

Pricing for each webinar: $25 for NCFR student members / $45 for NCFR members & CFLEs / $85 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs

Introduction to Structural Equation Models: 4-Part Series

  1. Introduction to Confirmatory Factor Analysis
  2. Introduction to Path Analysis
  3. Introduction to Structural Regression
  4. Introduction to Latent Growth Curve Modeling

Conducting Non-Continuous Regression Models: 4-part Series

  1. Introduction to Logistic Regression
  2. Interaction and Non-Linear Models using Logistic Regression
  3. Introduction to Poisson Regression
  4. Introduction to Zero Inflated Models

4-part series on Regression

  1. Introduction to Multiple Regression  attendees will be given a gentle introduction to multiple regression.
  2. Introduction to Moderated Regression — will expand upon what was learned in the first webinar by sharing information on how to perform moderated regression and interpret the results.
  3. Introduction to Mediated Regressionwill cover mediation regression, how you can use regression to estimate those effects, and how to best estimate the standard error of those effects.
  4. Introduction to Moderated Mediated Regression — will show how to combine the ideas of moderation and mediation into a single model (i.e., mediated moderation and moderated mediation).

Learning and Practicing Beginner to Advanced Skills

  1. Introduction to T-Tests
  2. Fundamentals of Probability and Correlation
  3. Introduction to Odds Ratio
  4. Introduction to ANOVA, ANCOVA, and MANOVA
  5. Survival Analysis in STATA, Part 1 of 2
  6. Survival Analysis in STATA, Part 2 of 2

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Series Goals and Objectives

Traditionally, courses that teach statistics cover multiple methods at a fast pace. These classes may or may not be held within a Family Science program potentially reducing the understanding of the concepts being taught for Family Scientists. Additional obstacles could be faced such as learning methods in multiple statistical programs that an individual may no longer have access to, or a delay in using the method in one’s own research project, reducing the recollection of concepts learned.

This multi-year research webinar series—organized by Dr. Isaac Washburn at Oklahoma State University—is focused on teaching and applying quantitative methods regardless of one’s level of expertise. Foundational topics will be covered first (i.e., probability, t-tests, odds ratio, and ANOVA), followed by advanced topics (e.g., associations among continuous variables, basics of structural equation modeling, and basics of multi-level modeling). The webinars will have the same format and goal to introduce and practice specific statistical techniques. Materials and directions will be included that allow one to practice the method in various statistical programs (e.g., STATA, MPlus, SPSS) both during and after the webinar.

This webinar series will be valuable to both students and professionals. Teachers may use these materials in research methods courses or as an assigned resource for student’s research projects. Professionals will also find the content to either be a refresher of prior knowledge or an introduction to a new method.

Overall, attendees will leave webinars in this series with the ability to:

  • Articulate the assumptions of the presented methods.
  • Form appropriate questions in their area of interest that can be answered by the presented methods.
  • Run the presented methods in their software of choice.


About the Organizer

Isaac J. Washburn

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.