2016 OTC Pre-Conference Meetings

Date: Thursday October 20, 2016

All pre-conference meetings are now FULL. 


Pre-Conference Meeting Topics


Applications in Longitudinal Modeling, 8:30 - 11:30am - NOTE TIME CHANGE
Kevin King, University of Washington

NOTE LOCATION CHANGE:  Psychological Services and Training Center, Guthrie Annex 1, Seattle, WA 98195 Map

There are many approaches to handling longitudinal data. This workshop is designed to provide an overview of one general approach to longitudinal data analysis, the growth curve model. The theory, assumptions, interpretation, and worked examples of multiple analytic approaches will be presented, largely focused on growth curve models in both latent variable (SEM) and MLM/HLM, (i.e. multi-level modeling/hierarchical linear modeling) frameworks. Potential topics include: parallel process growth curve modeling, flexible specifications of time (i.e. curvilinear, free slope models, etc.), model evaluation and model fit, growth mixture modeling, analysis of time-varying covariates (i.e. ALT models, state trait models, structured residual models, modeling within-person variability), latent difference scores, and plotting of model estimated effects. Time and interest permitting, the workshop may also cover analysis of EMA data, including consideration of within-person variability. The workshop will assumes basic familiarity with growth models in either SEM or MLM/HLM, and is designed to illustrate basic steps in design, analysis and interpretation.



Taxonomies of Temperament and Personality: Rationale, Methods, and Two Research Examples from Early Childhood, 1:00 - 4:00p NOTE TIME CHANGE
Roy Martin, University of Georgia, Charles Beekman, Arizona State University, Brian Flaherty, University of Washington

NOTE LOCATION CHANGE:  Psychological Services and Training Center, Guthrie Annex 1, Seattle, WA 98195 Map

This workshop is designed to introduce attendees to the rational for person-centered approach to understanding temperamental individual differences, the methods used in this type of research, and to present two research applications, one in infancy and one in early childhood (ages 3-7). The workshop will be divided into four units arranged around four questions, followed by a discussion: 1. What are the advantages (research and applied applications) of studying temperament profiles versus temperament dimensions?  (30 minutes);  2. What methods have been used to develop profiles in the past, and what is the current state of the art. Participants will receive brief instruction in use of MPlus in current research applications, as well as an example of output. (45 minutes);  3. How can this approach be used in research in infancy?  Is there longitudinal stability of profile types?  (30 minutes);  4. How can this approach be used in the preschool period? Is there cross-cultural stability of profile types? (30 minutes); 5.  General discussion: (30 minutes). While unit 2 is primarily aimed at researchers, in all other units applications to education, clinical practice will be discussed as well as research implications.



Behavioral Assessment and Management in Primary Care, 9:30a - 4:30p

William B. Carey, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Sean C. McDevitt, AZ Behavioral Health Specialists 

Location: University of Washington Center for Child & Family Well-being (CCFW)

Address: 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105

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Based upon a recent publication (2016) by the authors, this pre-conference will consider the roles of temperament, adjustment and psychopathology in understanding behavior in everyday settings such as home, classroom and community. Professionals who work with children in primary care medical, psychological, and social settings are most likely to be oriented toward finding and diagnosing abnormal conditions requiring expert involvement.

Yet, the great majority of concerns expressed by caregivers about their children's behavior are of mild or moderate severity, not meeting any definition of a DSM-V disorder or requiring referral to a specialist. This orientation, developed by two clinicians who have worked for many years in primary care, rejects the notion that behavioral issues should be simply classified as normal or abnormal. Rather, the authors suggest that primary care professionals should view children's behavior on a spectrum where annoying normal variations may shade into problems and then to disordered behavior requiring specialized care. A broader perspective is preferable to the limited approach of simply making categorical judgments about whether or not the concerns being presented by the caregiver are severe enough to diagnose and treat as an abnormal condition or declare that there is no real problem. 

This workshop will discuss the ideas and observations that have led to the development of this point of view and discuss them with participants, who are encouraged to bring their own challenges and viewpoints to the meeting.