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Virtual Summer School

Intensive Longitudinal Methods & Dyadic Data Analysis

August 12th - 20th, 2021

Designing and Analyzing Data from Ecological Momentary Assessment, Experience Sampling, Ambulatory Assessment, and Diary Studies in Individuals and Dyads

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About the Summer School

2021 Summer School Flyer

This year’s Summer School expands over 2 preliminary webinars and 7 days of lectures and exercises in August (12th- 13th and 16th – 20th, 2021). For reasons of health and safety, the summer school will be offered online.

We offer a 2-Day Summer School: Introduction to Intensive Longitudinal Methods (12th - 13th) and a 7 Day Summer School: Introduction to Intensive Longitudinal Methods & Dyadic Data Analysis (16th - 20th) as options for participating:

2-Day Summer School: Introduction to Intensive Longitudinal Methods: Consists of two days (part 1: 12th to 13thof August) of live virtual teaching and two preliminary webinars. This workshop is ideal for those who are beginning to work with longitudinal data.

7-Day Summer School: Introduction to Intensive Longitudinal Methods & Dyadic Data Analysis: Consists of seven days (part 1 & 2: 12th to 20th of August; break within the weekend from 14th to 15th) of live virtual teaching and two preliminary webinars. The summer school is suitable for researchers who already have some experience with longitudinal data. Ideally you have data which you would like to analyze, but we will also provide practice data sets.

The course will include lectures, software demonstrations, computer lab work and consultations. In the data analysis examples, you can use various software packages that you are familiar with, including SPSS, SAS, R, and Mplus.

 The Institute for Gender in Medicine at the Charité Universitätsmedizin as the hosting institution is seeking for an opportunity for an informal get together for all those who are in Berlin. Please note that we can’t guarantee such a possibility due to pandemic trends or any public restrictions that may occur. We’ll inform you as early as possible.

Topics Part 1: Intensive Longitudinal Methods

Part 1: Intensive Longitudinal Methods (ILM) (12th – 13th August, 2021)

The first part of the Summer School addresses methods to understand people's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in their natural settings. These methods are known under a number of labels — experience sampling, daily diary, active and passive sensors, and ecological momentary assessment methods — and have in common that they all involve intensive longitudinal assessments. Intensive longitudinal methods allow researchers to examine processes in daily life beyond more traditional methods.

Researchers can obtain repeated observations over the course of hours, days, and weeks, and often even longer. Intensive longitudinal data, however, present multiple challenges for design and data analysis including the various possible sources of interdependence in the data. The study design must fit to the research questions and guard against missing data. Multilevel linear models provide a flexible set of analytic tools for these complexities.


Overview of topics covered in Part 1: Intensive Longitudinal Methods

• History and introduction to intensive longitudinal methods

• Designing an intensive longitudinal study

• Analyzing the time course of intensive longitudinal data

• Analyzing intensive longitudinal interventions

• Analyzing within-person processes

• Categorical intensive longitudinal outcomes

• Psychometrics of intensive longitudinal data 

Topics Part 2: Dyadic Data Analysis

Part 2: Dyadic Data Analysis (16th – 20th August, 2021)

The second part introduces cross-sectional and longitudinal dyadic data analysis. Close dyadic relationships, e.g. for marital partners, parent-child dyads, dating relationships, are often the most important contexts for human beings. Research investigating everyday human experience is increasingly examining these powerful influences on daily behavior, thoughts, and feelings. However, dyadic data present analytic challenges because they have various sources of interdependence (e.g. non-independence between members of the dyad such as a parent and a child). Flexible analytic tools can accommodate these complexities. Participants of the course will gain a better understanding of dyadic data analysis in both cross-sectional and longitudinal contexts.


Overview of topics covered in Part 2: Dyadic Data Analysis  


Introduction to dyadic designs, dyadic data, and Interdependence


Cross-sectional data

• Explaining dyadic covariation: The Actor-Partner Interdependence Model

• Brief Mplus tutorial

• Dyadic Score Model

• Visualizing dyadic data


Longitudinal data

• Two-wave dyadic data

• Dyadic growth curve modeling

• Multilevel dyadic process modeling

• Visualization & dyadic process model

• Power analysis for dyadic process model

Further Information

For whom is this course?

For graduate students, postdocs and other researchers who have done intensive longitudinal studies or are planning them and want to learn more about state-of-the-art study design and data analysis.


Pre-requisites and preparing for attendance

Depending on which option for participating you choose we assume different amounts of knowledge. For the 2-day workshop, we assume little prior knowledge beyond linear regression. For the 7-Day Summer School we assume that you already have some knowledge in working with longitudinal data.

To get the most out of the courses, we recommend to bring your own laptop with SPSS or SAS or R and the Mplus demo version (here is a link to the Mplus demo version to download for free ) installed prior to the workshop. If you have already collected your own data please feel free to bring them and use them for analyses in the exercise sessions. We will also provide practice data sets. Reading Chapter 1 to 5 and 9 of Bolger and Laurenceau (2013) is also great if you want to prepare more.


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There will be an informal online gathering with some introductory input and the possibility to get to know each other the day before the summer school starts on August 11th, 2021. Signing in starts on the 11th of August at 5 pm (UTC+2) Berlin time.

Teaching starts every day at 2pm Berlin time and lasts till 6pm. The time before noon is reserved for the exercises. 


+++ Early bird regristration fees for the Summer School 2021 extended to June, 25th! +++

We have limited places on this Summer School. Please complete the sign-up form to register your interest in attending and email it to gender(at)

You can download the sign-up form here: Link sign-up form

A list of countries eligible for reduced registration fees you can find here: Link eligible countries for reduced fees. Applicants need to proof their residence if applying for reduced fees.

Please note the last day for booking this course will be July 31th, 2021. Please email gender(at) after that date to find out if there are still places available. 


A proof of student status will be required, if applicable, e.g., student certificate with University stamp or ID card with expiry date. Student rate does not apply to Researchers, Academic Staff, and Private, Public and Charitable Sector Employees.



·        After successful registration, a space is reserved for you in the course

·        You will receive an invoice via E-Mail and Mail

·        Please transfer the full amount within 30 days to the indicated bank account

·        Only after a successful payment a space is guaranteed



Delegates may cancel their booking by email to gender(at) However, the first 150€ of any booking fee is non-refundable. Cancellations after July, 31th 2021 are non-refundable.