The workshop will be
held in room 103 of the Kimball Tower on the campus of Brigham Young University.
Lunch will be provided each day of the workshop at no extra cost, along with light snacks and beverages.
Workshop participants can find housing at local hotels or even at the neaby Sundance
Resort . A shuttle from local hotels and on-campus parking can be arranged by sending an email to
Around BYU there are many great places to go have some fun including the Rocky Moutains, Arches
National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park. At these various locations fun
activites include hiking, fishing, and boating. We encourge you to take time visit these locations while
attending the seminar.
Mplus Pre-Conference Workshop:
This workshop is a “Learn and Do” Workshop. The workshop includes time to set up, analyze, and interpret
models using your own data.
Handout packout and USB with examples of models
Assistance with multiple stats programs
Multiple people to help with data during the workshop
Layout of the workshop - time to listen, time to work with own data
"This class helped me understand the basics of SEM while exciting me for what I can do in the
"This workshop was great for a refresher in the different statistical programs and strengths and
weaknesses of each program when it came to different advanced statistical techniques. It was also
great for getting some supported practice with data using programs that may not be as familiar."
"The presenters are able to take complex analyses and methods and explain them in simple everyday
tems that make sense and are easy to understand."
"The workshop was a great opportunity to learn how to analyze my own data with the guidance of
Jeremy B. Yorgason is an Associate Professor in the School of Family Life, and Director of the Gerontology
Program at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD from Virginia Tech in marriage and family therapy.
He also completed a graduate gerontology certificate at Kansas State University, and was a post-doctoral
fellow at the Gerontology Center of Penn State University, with an emphasis in mental health and aging.
Dr. Yorgason's research interests are in the area of later life family relationships, with a specific
focus on health and marriage. Dr. Yorgason has taught structural equation modeling and other advanced
applied statistics to graduate students for the past 7 years, and has used these techniques in several
published papers. He and Dr. Dyer have taught the Longitudinal, Family SEM Workshop for the past 5
W. Justin Dyer received his Ph.D. in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign after which he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Auburn University. Following this he joined
the faculty in the BYU School of Family where he taught courses on family processes and statistical methodology.
He became part of the Religious Education faculty in 2015 and currently teaches the Eternal Family course
(Religion C 200). His research area includes fatherhood with a particular emphasis on fathers in stressful
circumstances such as fathers of children with disabilities and incarcerated fathers. His research also
includes faith development in youth and how family processes influence that development. He has also
written on the importance of the male-female relationship from a societal and theological perspective.
Spencer L. James is an Associate Professor in the School of Family Life. He received his PhD from Penn
State University in Sociology and Demography as well as a doctoral certificate in Quantitative Methodology.
In 2012, he joined the faculty of the BYU School of Family Life where he teaches courses on research methodology and statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research focuses on the
wellbeing of families and children in developed and developing countries. Specifically, he studies how
people form, maintain, and dissolve long-term romantic relationships; how emerging adults think about
marriage and its consequences; and the influence of family relationships on child well-being in the developing
world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa.
Family Studies Center
All questions about the Center or the Website should be addressed to Spencer James.