Structural Equation Modeling: A Second Course

A 2-Day Seminar Taught by Gregory R. Hancock, Ph.D. 

Structural equation modeling (SEM) is a versatile analytical framework for estimating and assessing models that describe relationships among both measured and latent variables.  Common examples include measured variable path models, confirmatory factor models, and latent variable path models. These models subsume methods based on the traditional general linear model such as multiple regression and analysis of variance.

This seminar goes beyond introductory SEM to cover more advanced methods that enable researchers to address their current modeling questions more effectively and also to focus on entirely new research questions. After a review of SEM basics, we will cover real data challenges (e.g., missing data, nonnormality, complex samples, categorical data), mean structure models for measured and latent variables, latent growth curve models, and power analysis in SEM. The style of instruction is designed for participants with a variety of content backgrounds.  Examples will use popular SEM packages, with an emphasis on Mplus.


The course will benefit applied researchers, analysts, and students interested in enhancing their understanding of SEM and developing their application skills.  Participants are assumed to have been exposed to introductory SEM, such as that offered through an in-depth workshop or a typical university course, including such topics as measured variable path models, confirmatory factor models, latent variable path models, multigroup models, identification, estimation, fit, and SEM software implementation.

Seminar Outline

  • Review of SEM and software basics
  • Real data challenges
    • missing data
    • nonnormality
    • complex samples
    • categorical data
  • Mean structure models for measured and latent variables
  • Latent growth curve models
  • Power analysis in SEM


The course meets 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Participants receive a bound manual containing detailed lecture notes (with equations and graphics), examples of computer printout, and many other useful features. This book frees participants from the distracting task of note taking. 


The fee of $895.00 includes all seminar materials. 

Lodging Reservation Instructions

A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the Club Quarters Hotel, 1628 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA at a special rate of $137 per night for a Standard room. This location is about a 5 minute walk to the seminar location. In order to make reservations, call 203-905-2100 during business hours and identify yourself by using group code STA509. For guaranteed rate and availability, you must reserve your room no later than April 9, 2013.