This workshop brought together Psychology researchers (and related fields) who have an interest in longitudinal data analysis – whether already engaging in longitudinal data or wanting to learn about how to start engaging in longitudinal approaches – to provide an opportunity to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with longitudinal data, as well as different approaches to longitudinal analysis. Longitudinal data are an essential tool for researchers, including in experimental psychology: this approach can help to further our understanding of how different abilities change over time, provide insights into causal relationships between variables, as well as highlight the timing of different events or milestones as they emerge. In this two-day workshop, a conceptual overview of these topics was examined through presentations and discussions with researchers who are actively engaged with longitudinal data, allowing opportunity to present different perspectives on the benefits, challenges, and approaches to longitudinal data, as well as the opportunity for interactive discussions. We discussed the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, examine ways to conduct longitudinal studies, and practical considerations for engaging in this type of research, across stages of planning studies, collecting data, and analysing data.
The workshop included presentations as well as interactive roundtable discussions, covering key topics related to longitudinal research, including: Introductions to Longitudinal Research; Collecting and Measuring Longitudinal Data; Analysing and Managing Longitudinal Data; and Understanding Longitudinal Data.
Speakers (listed alphabetically):
Dr Tom Booth (University of Edinburgh) | Individual Differences, Quantitative Methods
Dr Abbie Cahoon (Ulster University) | Development of Mathematics Understanding
Dr Rory Devine (University of Birmingham) | Social Cognition
Dr Sarah Gardener (Nottingham Trent University) | Child Psychology
Dr Kareena McAloney (Glasgow Caledonian University) | Applied Health
Dr Eoin McElroy (Ulster University) | Population Mental Health