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Latent Class Analysis - Online Course

A 3-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Stephanie Lanza and Bethany Bray ,
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Schedule: All sessions are held live via Zoom. All times are ET (New York time).

10:00am-12:30pm (convert to your local time)

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Latent class analysis (LCA) is an intuitive and rigorous tool for uncovering hidden subgroups in a population. It can be viewed as a special kind of structural equation modeling in which the latent variables are categorical rather than continuous. This seminar will give you the theoretical background and applied skills to address interesting research questions using LCA. You will also be introduced to latent transition analysis (LTA), a longitudinal extension of LCA.

Other topics include model identification, model selection, model interpretation, multiple-groups LCA, measurement invariance across groups, and LCA with covariates and distal outcomes. The seminar will combine lectures, software demonstrations, computer exercises, and discussion. There will be opportunities to discuss how LCA and LTA can be applied in your own research.

Starting February 23, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, livestream workshop held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. Each day will consist of two lecture sessions which include hands-on exercises, separated by a 1-hour break. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

*We understand that finding time to participate in livestream courses can be difficult. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for four weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously. 

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions.


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"...I am confident that I can apply these analyses in my own research immediately."

This was a truly helpful and amazing course. The instructors expertly presented the nuts and bolts of running the analyses within the context of real-world examples. As a result of attending this course, I am confident that I can apply these analyses in my own research immediately. 

Jennifer Belding

Naval Health Research Center

"Both Bethany and Stephanie are fantastic teachers..."

Both Bethany and Stephanie are fantastic teachers who were very knowledgeable, compassionate, and warm-hearted. They knew their material in-depth and were able to convey information in a clear and understandable way to people of varying statistical backgrounds. I also liked that they opened a Slack channel for questions and was impressed that they managed to thoughtfully address and answer every participant’s question. I like that we were given sample code and exercises too to actually apply the material. 

Brittany Wood

University of California, San Diego

“I enjoyed the examples provided by the instructors..."

“I enjoyed the examples provided by the instructors and the responsiveness to participant questions. They were very knowledgeable about the topic and able to provide both a strong foundation as well as flexible support to participants. I also appreciated all of the resources they provided, in particular the exercises and sample solutions.” 

Natalie May

New York University

"Obviously they have seen it all and they are passing on their experience."

“The practical tips on how to structure a paper around LCA, and possible answers to referees were fantastic. Obviously they have seen it all and they are passing on their experience. Kudos!”

Giovanni Russo


"I liked the examples and interpretations of each output..."

“Really excellent class, Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Bethany! I learned so much in three days. Now, I am aware about the potential that LCA and LTA offer for my work. Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Bethany are very helpful, give us clear guidance, and take the time to respond to every question. I liked the examples and interpretations of each output. Thank you for your excellent lectures.”

Radhouene Doggui

Sherbrooke University 

"The instructors were very nice and knowledgeable..."

“I like this class. The instructors were very nice and knowledgeable. I am very happy to have them.”

Ying Jiang

Public Health Agency of Canada

".. I look forward to applying these methods to my research."

“This has been an excellent introduction to latent class analysis. Drs. Lanza and Bray are extremely knowledgeable and effective teachers. They appropriately covered basic concepts and linked them to more complex statistical approaches. I also benefited from the hands-on learning by practicing analyses with the statistical software. I look forward to applying these methods to my research.”

Kaylee Crockett

University of Alabama at Birmingham