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Livestream Seminar

Multilevel Modeling: A Second Course

A 3-Day Remote Seminar Taught by

Kristopher Preacher
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10:00am-2:00pm ET (New York time): Live lecture via Zoom
4:00pm-5:00pm ET: Live lab session via Zoom (Thursday and Friday only)

Hierarchically clustered (multilevel or nested) data are common in the social sciences, medical fields, and business research. Clustered data violate the assumption of independence required by ordinary statistical methods. Increasingly complex research designs and hypotheses have created a need for sophisticated methods that go beyond standard multilevel modeling (MLM).

This “second course” in MLM will introduce a variety of MLM extensions, including cutting-edge multilevel structural equation modeling (MSEM) to handle complex designs and modeling objectives. Throughout the seminar, empirical examples will be presented to illustrate key concepts. A background in structural equation modeling (SEM) is not necessary.

Starting October 21, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, remote workshop. Each day will consist of a 4-hour live lecture held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. 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.

Each lecture session will conclude with a hands-on exercise reviewing the content covered, to be completed on your own. An additional lab session will be held Thursday and Friday afternoons, where you can review the exercise results with the instructor and ask any questions.

*We understand that scheduling is difficult during this unpredictable time. 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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"Kristopher made the light bulbs go off in my head.”

“I signed up for this workshop with a background in SEM, but had no knowledge of multilevel modeling. However, after just an introduction into multilevel modeling by Dr. Preacher, I understood the essential assumptions and logic of multilevel models and how they are related to SEM. By the second day of the workshop, I could anticipate how and why multilevel modeling is a subsect of SEM. Kristopher made the light bulbs go off in my head.”

Horace Bartilow

University of Kentucky

"Invaluable for researchers..."

“The course was well-structured, starting with some basics to help everyone understand as it got into more advanced levels. Invaluable for researchers as it not only enhances your use of statistical tools but also brings to mind many different ways research could be designed and demonstrated in the extensive use of examples.”


Ramous Agyare

University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

“Exceptionally detailed but straightforward and clear explanation..."

“Exceptionally detailed but straightforward and clear explanation about MSEM, with lots of hands-on examples!”


SeungYong Han

Arizona State University

"This course is really informative..."

“This course is really informative, and it is such a great course for multilevel analysis beginners. This course also provides hands-on practice, so we can apply this method right away.”


Huiying Jin

Rutgers University

"Dr. Preacher explained the content very clearly..."

“The multilevel modeling course provided great content that can be directly applied and used in my research. Dr. Preacher explained the content very clearly and provided good examples.”


Shanon Harmon

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

"I would strongly recommend this course!”

“The course was really helpful in extending my knowledge about MLM and MSEM. It does require some prior background information about MLM/SEM, but Kris did a great job reviewing key things before introducing new information. I would strongly recommend this course!”


Kai Kuang

Bloomsburg University

"He is very knowledgeable on so many methodologies..."

“Dr. Preacher explains the complex concept in a very friendly, approachable way. He is very knowledgeable on so many methodologies to address any side track yet relevant questions which help people group the method from different perspectives.”

Yang Yang

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

"The course was very informative..."

“The course was very informative. The best thing was the material that comes with taking the course. A handout with detailed slides was provided along with data and syntax to run the discussed analyses. The handout and the syntax allow you to rework the material over and over again to reinforce the learned concepts for future use.”

Julia Fulmore

University of Dallas

"I am excited to ask new questions given the skills..."

“It can be overwhelming to adapt with the changing times and venture into new software but this course has ignited a passion to learn more! I am excited to ask new questions given the skills that I have learned from this course.”

Royette Dubar

Wesleyan University