Latent Trait Measurement and Structural Equation Modeling, Fall 2017 (EPSY 906; KU)

Course Information

Instructor:Dr. Jonathan Templin
Office Phone:785-864-5714
Office:614 Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Office Hours:9-11am Fridays in 455 Watson Library
Course Meeting Time:12-1:15pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Course Meeting Location:650 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Brief Course Description

EPSY 906, Latent Trait Measurement and Structural Equation Models, provides instruction on contemporary measurement theory and latent variable models for scale construction and evaluation, including confirmatory factor analysis, item response modeling, diagnostic classification models, and structural equation modeling. The course is designed to provide details of such models, from statistical underpinnings to how to run many various types of analyses, combining theoretical and practical perspectives.

As this course is cross-listed with CLDP 948 (taught by Lesa Hoffman of the Child Language Doctoral Program), in an attempt to provide more consistent content, the materials used in this course were created in large part by Lesa Hoffman. For versions of the course taught by Dr. Hoffman, please visit

The course will use the R statistical program with R Studio and the Lavaan package (Rosseel, 2012) for all computational and data analysis work involved in the course. Additionally, examples will be provided in the Mplus package.

For all other specific information regarding general course policies, course evaluation rubrics, and grading systems, please see the course syllabus at the link below.

All readings will be made available via campus OneDrive shared folder. Please email me for an invitation to this folder.

Course Materials

Helpful R Links and Resources

Books:R for SAS and SPSS Users by Muenchen (2007)
An introduction to R by Venables et al. (2013)
aRrgh: a newcomer's (angry) guide to R
DataCamp Introduction to R
Cookbook for R
Quick References:Reference Card #1 (various authors, noted on card)
Reference Card #2 (various authors, noted on card)

Tentative Schedule of Course Topics

Additional Resources:

Homework Schedule

Homework NumberHomework TypeInitial DeadlineRevision Deadline
HW0 (Extra Credit)Online1 SepNA
HW1Not Online8 Sep29 Sep
HW2Online3 OctNA
HW3Not Online17 Oct27 Oct
HW4Online1 NovNA
HW5Not Online15 Nov15 Dec
HW6Online21 NovNA
HW7Not Online1 Dec15 Dec


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Curran, P. J., McGinley, J. S., Bauer, D. J., Hussong, A. M., Burns, A., Chassin, L., Sher, K., & Zucker, R. (2014). A moderated nonlinear factor model for the development of commensurate measures in integrative data analysis. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 49(3), 214-231.

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