2018 Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM) Workshop

Nov 6-7 | San Diego | Town and Country Resort and Convention Center

The Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM) Workshop is a longstanding tradition within NCFR. Research works in progress are reviewed, discussed, and strengthened in this unique, interactive environment, which is held on-site at the NCFR Annual Conference.

This year's TCRM co-chairs are Silvia Bartolic and Justin Dyer. Contact them at the 2018 TCRM email address.

Thank you to NCFR's Journal of Family Theory & Review for its support of the 2018 TCRM Workshop.


TCRM sessions will run from Tuesday, Nov. 6, through the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the 2018 NCFR Annual Conference in San Diego. (Paper sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.)

Download PDF Schedule of All Sessions

TCRM Papers

Papers for TCRM 2018 are posted online for registered participants to access. We'll continue to post more papers as they become available.

See TCRM Papers

TCRM papers are unlocked for registered TCRM participants only. Log in to the NCFR website (at the top of the page) to access the papers as a TCRM registrant.

What does a TCRM paper session look like? It features work in progress instead of finished products. Before the session, authors of accepted proposals have submitted their manuscripts and TCRM has solicited comments from two leaders in the field who have agreed to be discussants. (Papers are posted online before the conference for registered attendees, who read them ahead of the TCRM Workshop).

The TCRM paper session is not a presentation; it begins with discussant comments, followed by author responses to the comments and then an informal conversation in which the audience participates in discussing the papers, theory issues, and methodological questions.

TCRM Schedule Highlights

Workshop 1: Advances in Moderation Analyses: An Introduction to Mixture Regression
Justin Dyer, Ph.D., Brigham Young University
Tuesday, Nov. 6 / 9 a.m.–noon 

Workshop 2: Using IPUMS Data to Study Families
Sarah Flood, Ph.D., IPUMS US Survey Projects
Tuesday, Nov. 6 / noon–3 p.m.

Workshop 3: Mid-Range Model Creation: It’s More Than Just SEM
Kari Adamsons, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Tuesday, Nov. 6 / 3–6 p.m.

TCRM Reception and Business Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 6 / 6:15–7:15 p.m.

TCRM Sourcebook Planning Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 6 / 7:15–8:45 p.m.

Special Session: How Theory Construction Methods Have Shaped the Sourcebook Tradition
David Klein, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Wednesday, Nov. 7 / 10–11:15 a.m.

See All TCRM Session Details


TCRM Registration

You may add the TCRM preconference to your full or single-day NCFR conference registration, or register for and attend TCRM sessions only (without attending the rest of the NCFR conference).

Pricing for TCRM Only:

Professionals: $50
Students: $35


TCRM Call for Proposals

The deadline for TCRM submissions was March 15, 2018. The call for proposals and application forms (both PDF files) for TCRM 2018 are still available below for reference.