As a developmental methodologist, Dr. Nuttall primarily teaches advanced graduate statistics courses, including courses in Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and Longitudinal SEM (LSEM). Dr. Nuttall’s courses are open to HDFS doctoral students as well as doctoral students from across the university.

Dr. Nuttall’s style of applied teaching of advanced statistics includes a focus on both the conceptual and statistical basis of techniques for analyzing data as well as direct application of concepts to the analysis of data in a structured class environment. In order to facilitate student research productivity, courses culminate in a course project in which students apply models taught in class to their own data and program of research to produce a publication-quality manuscript. As such, course projects often lead to student publications in top-tier journals, presentations at international conferences, and student research awards.¬†Dr. Nuttall’s methods courses can be followed on Twitter: @MSUquant.

Dr. Nuttall’s course offerings for the next year are SEM (HDFS 961) in fall 2018, and LSEM (HDFS 962) in spring 2019. If you are a doctoral student interested in enrolling in Dr. Nuttall’s courses, note that courses are popular and fill up quickly; please be sure to register as soon as possible once registration opens. Both SEM and LSEM culminate in a course project of producing a publication-quality manuscript; therefore, students interested in taking these courses should enter class with data appropriate for such analyses. Students interested in taking LSEM should note that SEM is a prerequisite for LSEM because applying SEM to the special case of longitudinal data requires a basic knowledge of SEM. This prerequisite can be filled by taking Dr. Nuttall’s SEM course (HDFS 961) or an equivalent course. Please¬†contact Dr. Nuttall if you have any questions about these courses or about the course project assignment.


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