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Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) with Stata (In-person)

October 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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This in-person course will be offered over 3 afternoons (10/17/22, 10/19/22, and 10/21/22) 2 hours per day. Attendance is required as the course will not be recorded.

This course introduces Structural equation modeling (SEM) with Stata software. This statistical method tests theoretically derived models with observed and unobserved variables. This methodology is different from other regression models in that this method does not assume that the variables have been measured without error. The relationship between theoretical constructs is tested using latent variables, which are variables with at least two observable measures that mathematically can represent unobserved abstract constructs. The relationship between variables is analyzed using direct, indirect, and total effects. SEM allows searchers can test mediation effects to identify underlying mechanisms that influence the relationship between a key independent variable and outcome. Moreover, this model enables researchers to test theoretical models with more than one dependent variable. The class will focus on models for continuous variables and discuss options to analyze models with categorical variables.

The course will cover how to perform the following steps:

1. Measure confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to evaluate the validity of the construct
2. Model identification
3. Model fit
4. Test hypotheses
5. Interpret results

Requirements: 1) Students must know how to model and interpret correlations and ordinary least square (OLS) regressions. 2) Know how to use the basic Stata functions, i.e., enter and save data, create variables, use command window, and do file.

Instructor: Eugenia Conde

Dr. Conde is a Statistical Consultant at The H. W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She provides consultations to students and faculty on research methods and statistics. Her Ph.D. is in sociology with a concentration in demography and medical sociology. In addition, she holds an MSPH in epidemiology. Before working at the Odum Institute, she worked at Rutgers University and at Duke University as a statistical consultant for graduate students and as a statistician for researchers from different disciplines, including political science, economics, psychology, sociology, and public health.

She is co-authoring a statistics book with Dr. Dudley L. Poston and Dr. Layton Field, Applied Regression Models in the Social Sciences (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). Her research interests include social inequalities, research methods, and statistics with a focus on missing data and methodologies to study people of color.

Registration fees:

  • $0, with a $20 deposit to hold your spot (deposit is refundable upon your attendance for at least 66% of the course)

Additional course information:

    Registration closes at 12:01am on 10/14/2022. Once registration closes, no late registrations will be accepted, no exceptions.
  • Cancellation/ Refund Policy: A full refund will be given to those who cancel their registration no later than 10 days prior to the course. If you cancel within the 10 days prior to the class, no refund will be given. Please allow 30 days to receive your refund.

For questions regarding the status of this class, please contact Jill Stevens at


October 19, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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219 Davis Library
208 Raleigh Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
(919) 962-1151
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