Our Mission

This is an interdisciplinary community of faculty and students interested in methodological research in relation to applications in social and behavioral sciences.  We bring together:

  •  a collection of programs in quantitative research methodology
  • Faculty members seek to develop and apply advanced methods for research in social and behavioral sciences
  • promote innovative research ideas and tools with broad applications,
  • conduct high-quality workshop series
  • offer a wide range of courses on research methods
  • provide excellent opportunities for research and teaching apprenticeships for talented students

Our goals are to create an intellectual niche, exchange research ideas, facilitate research collaborations, share teaching resources, enhance the training of students, and generate a collective impact on the University of Chicago campus and beyond.

 

Latest News and Announcements

2017/2018 QMeHSS Workshop (10/27/2017)

The October 27, 2017 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in the Social Science Research Building Conference room 302. Yongyun Shin from Virginia Commonwealth University will be leading this workshop. The Social Science Research Building is located at 1226 East 59th Street , Chicago, IL.

Sources of Variance in a Random Coefficients Model Given Data MAR

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2017/2018 QMeHSS Workshop (10/13/2017)

The October 13, 2017 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in the Social Science Research Building Conference room 302. Dulal K. Bhaumik from the University of Illinois at Chicago will be leading this workshop. The Social Science Research Building is located at 1226 East 59th Street , Chicago, IL.

Sample Size Determination for Multilevel Hierarchical Designs Using Generalized Linear Mixed Models

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2016/2017 QMeHSS Workshop (2/24/2017)

The February 24, 2017 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in NORC Conference room 344. Azeem Shaikh from the University of Chicago will be leading this workshop. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

Inference Under Covariate-Adaptive Randomization

Azeem Shaikh

Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Abstract: 

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2016/2017 QMeHSS Workshop (2/10/2017)

The February 10, 2017 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in NORC Conference room 344. Stephen Raudenbush and Daniel Schwartz from the University of Chicago will be leading this workshop. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

Estimation in Multisite Randomized Trials with Heterogeneous Treatment Effects

Stephen W. Raudenbush

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2016/2017 QMeHSS Workshop (12/2/2016)

The December 2nd, 2016 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in NORC Conference room 344. Richard Hahn from the University of Chicago will be leading this workshop. We hope to see you there. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

Bayesian Causal Forests

P. Richard Hahn

Associate Professor of Econometrics and Statistics, Chicago Booth School of Business , University of Chicago

 

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2016/2017 QMeHSS Workshop (11/18/2016)

The November 18th, 2016 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in NORC Conference room 344. Elizabeth Maggie Penn from the University of Chicago University will be leading this workshop. We hope to see you there. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

Inequality, Social Context, and Value Divergence

Elizabeth Maggie Penn

Professor of Political Science and the College, University of Chicago

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2016/2017 QMeHSS Workshop (11/4/2016)

The November 4th, 2016 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in Stuart Hall Room 101. Tyler VanderWeele from Harvard University will be leading this workshop. We hope to see you there. Stuart Hall is located at 5838 S. Greenwood Ave.

On the causal interpretation of race in regressions adjusting for confounding and mediating variables​

Tyler VanderWeele

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2016/2017 QMeHSS Workshop (10/21/2016)

The October 21st, 2016 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in NORC Conference room 344. Jiebiao Wang from the University of Chicago will be leading this workshop. We hope to see you there for another session of stimulating discussion. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

A High-Dimensional Multivariate Selection Model for Proteomics Data with Batch-Level Missingness

Jiebiao Wang

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2016/2017 QMeHSS Workshop (10/7/2016)

The October 7th, 2016 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place from 10:30am - 12:00pm in NORC Conference room 344. Xu Qin and Dr. Guanglei Hong from the University of Chicago will be leading our inagurial workshop for the 2016-2017 academic year. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

 

Assessing Heterogeneity of Causal Mediation Mechanism in Multi-Site Trials

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2015/2016 QMeHSS Workshop (5/13/2016)

Dear Colleagues,

 

We hope that this Spring Quarter is progressing well for everyone. The next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place on Friday, May 13th, from 11:00am - 12:30pm in NORC Conference room 344. Dr. Li Cai from UCLA will be joining us to lead our Friday workshop. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street

 

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2015/2016 QMeHSS Workshop (4/15/2016)

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday, April 15th, we will be hosting another Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS).  The workshop will be held from 11:00am - 12:30pm in NORC conference room 344. Dr. Matthew Stephens from the University of Chicago will be leading our discussion for this workshop. Please join us in another round of exciting and stimulating discussion. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

False Discovery Rates - A New Deal

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2015/2016 QMeHSS Workshop (4/1/2016)

Dear Colleagues,

The next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place on Friday, April 1st, from 11:00am - 12:30pm in NORC conference room 344. Dr. Jennifer Hill from New York University will be joining us to lead our workshop, so please join us in giving her a warm welcome. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

Flexible, interpretable framework for assessing sensitivity to unmeasured confounding

Jennifer Hill

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2015/2016 QMeHSS Workshop (2/19/2016)

Dear Colleagues,

Our next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health, and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will take place on Friday, February 19th, from 11:00am - 12:30pm in NORC conference room 344. Dr. Dylan Small from the University of Pennsylvania will be joining us to lead this workshop, so please join us in giving him a warm welcome and participate in some invigorating discussion. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Xu Qin selected for a 2016 JSM Student Paper Award

Xu Qin (fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago, COE fellow, and Predoctoral Fellow for Research Methods in Education and Human Development) has been selected for a 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings Student Paper Award by the Social Statistics Section, the Government Statistics Section, and the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association.

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2015/2016 QMeHSS Workshop (11/13/2015)

Dear Colleagues,

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2015/2016 QMeHSS Workshop (10/30/2015)

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back to the 2015/2016 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS). Our first workshop for this year will be on Friday, October 30th, from 10:00-11:30pm. The workshop will be led by Dr. Sean Reardon from Stanford University and will be held in NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you for another year of exciting and stimulating discussion.

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (5/29/2015)

Dear Colleagues,

We hope that you all are enjoying the extended holiday weekend. The next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) is this Friday, May 29th, from 11:00-12:30pm. The workshop will be led by Dr. Robert Mislevy from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and will be held in NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there for another exciting discussion.

 

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (5/15/2015)

Dear Colleagues,

The next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) is this Friday, May 15th, from 11:00-12:30pm. The workshop will be led by Dr. Guanglei Hong from the University of Chicago. She will be joined by Cheng Yang, Xu Qin, and Edward Bein. As with previous workshops, it will be held in NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Two-Step Estimation in Causal Mediation Analysis

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (5/1/2015)

Dear Colleagues,

We hope that everything is going well for everyone. This is a reminder that the next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will be this Friday, May 1st, from 11:00-12:30pm. The workshop will be led by Dr. Daniel Almirall from the University of Michigan. As with previous workshops, it will be held in NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (2/20/2015)

Dear Colleagues,

 

Our next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will be next Friday, February 20th, from 11:00-12:30pm. The workshop will be led by Dr. James Heckman and John Eric Humphries from the University of Chicago. The workshop will be held in NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

 

The Effects of Education on Earnings and Health

James Heckman

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (2/6/2015)

Dear Colleagues,

 

The next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will be on Friday February 6th from 11:00-12:30pm. The upcoming workshop will be led by Dr. Bruce Spencer from Northwestern University. The workshop will be held in NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Should Society Try to Measure the Accuracy of Verdicts in Criminal Trials? - A Total Survey Error (TSE) Perspective

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (1/23/2015)

The next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will be on Friday January 23rd from 11:00-12:30pm and will be led by Dr. Lin Chen from the University of Chicago. As with previous workshops, the seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Mixed effects models for proteomics data with cluster-level non-ignorable missingness

Lin Chen, University of Chicago

 

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (1/9/2015)

Dear Colleagues,

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (11/14/2014)

Dear Colleagues,

 

On Friday, November 14th, Dr. Fan Yang from the University of Chicago will be presenting at our next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences. The title of her presentation is Do C-Sections Protest Very Premature Babies? Aporetic Conclusions When testing the Validity of an Instrumental Variable. The seminar will be held from 11am – 12:30pm in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there and being a part of the discussion.

 

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (10/31/2014)

Dear Colleagues,

 

The next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will be on Friday October 31st from 11:00-12:30pm and will be led by Avi Feller. As with previous workshops, the seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Compared to What? Variation in the Impacts of Early Childhood Education by Alternative Care-Type Settings

Avi Feller, Harvard University

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (10/17/2014)

Dear Colleagues,

 

Our next Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday, October 17th from 11:00-12:30 and will be presented by Dr. Forest Gregg. The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We hope that you will be able to join us in another engaging discussion.

 

Learning Neighborhoods

Forest Gregg

University of Chicago

 

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2014/2015 QMeHSS Workshop (10/3/2014)

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Workshop 10: Testing for and characterizing treatment effect heterogeneity under the Neyman-Rubin potential outcomes framework

The 10th 2013/2014 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMeHSS) will be on Friday May 30th from 11:00-12:30 and will be led by Dr. Luke Miratrix. The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

 

Testing for and characterizing treatment effect heterogeneity under the Neyman-Rubin potential outcomes framework

Luke Miratrix, Ph.D.

Department of Statistics, Harvard University

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Workshop 9: Small Data and Big Data

The 9th 2013/2014 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday, May 16th from 11:00-12:30 and will be led by Dr. Naihua Duan. The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

 

Small Data and Big Data

Naihua Duan, Ph.D.

Division of Biostatistics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

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Workshop 8: Dr. Stephen Stigler

Dear Colleagues,

The 8th Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday May 2nd from 11:00-12:30 and will be presented by Dr. Stephen Stigler. Dr. Stigler will be presenting Causal Reasoning & Public Policy a Century Ago: A Case Study and the seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

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Workshop 7: Causal Mediation Analysis in Multi-site Trials

The 7th Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday April 18th from 11:00-12:30 and will be co-presented by Dr. Guanglei Hong and Xu Qin . The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

Causal Mediation Analysis in Multi-site Trials

Xu Qin and Guanglei Hong

Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

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Workshop 6: Reproducibility, replication, and perils of pass-fail science

The 6th Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday April 4th from 11:00-12:30 and will be led by Dr. Ronald Thisted. The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

Reproducibility, replication, and perils of pass-fail science

Ronald Thisted

Departments of Health Studies and Statistics

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Faculty Wanted to have their Statistical Problems Solved

Faculty Wanted to have their Statistical Problems Solved

Target Audience FACULTY (of interest mainly to faculty regardless of department and specialization)

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Workshop 5: Infrastructure and Methods in Patient Centered Outcomes Research

The 5th Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday March 7th from 11:00-12:30 and will be led by Dr. David Meltzer. The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

 

Infrastructure and Methods in Patient Centered Outcomes Research

David Meltzer MD, PhD

University of Chicago

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Workshop 4: Causal Interpretations involving Discrete Mixture Modeling: Implications for Interventions for Depression and Suicide

The 4th 2013/2014 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday February 21st from 11:00-12:30 and will be led by Dr. C. Hendricks Brown. The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344. NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

 

Causal Interpretations involving Discrete Mixture Modeling: Implications for Interventions for Depression and Suicide

C Hendricks Brown

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Workshop 3: The Effects of School Desegregation on Crime

The 3rd 2013/2014 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday January 24th from 11:00-12:30 and will be led by Dr. Jens Ludwig.   The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344.  NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street.

 

The Effects of School Desegregation on Crime

Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago

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Workshop 2: Random Coefficient Models for Multi-site Trials With Continuous Outcomes

The 2nd 2013/2014 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday January 10th from 11:00-12:30 and will be led by Dr. Stephen Raudenbush.   The seminar will be held in the NORC conference room 344.  NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. We would also like to remind you that the QMEHSS website is now live and can be accessed via the following link: qrm.uchicago.edu. Please bookmark it and visit for the latest information regarding all things related to QMEHSS.

 

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Workshop 1: The Future of Psychiatric Measurement

The 1st 2013/2014 Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS) will be on Friday November 15 from 11:00-12:30.   The seminar is held (as last year) in the NORC conference room 344.  NORC is located at 1155 E. 60th Street. 

 

The Future of Psychiatric Measurement

Robert Gibbons

University of Chicago

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The 2013/2014 Workshops on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS)

The Workshop on Quantitative Research Methods in Education, Health, and Social Sciences serves as an important venue on the University of Chicago campus for building an intellectual community of colleagues who share methodological interests. Workshop participants meet biweekly to discuss working papers and brainstorm solutions to methodological problems encountered in ongoing research.

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