Workshops & Additional Course Offerings

Workshops and additional courses that are offered within the department.

APA Advanced Training Institute (ATI): Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
June 4-8, 2018  (Monday-Friday)

Price (APA Member):Faculty $750, Post-Doc or Graduate Student: $375
Price (Nonmember):Faculty $1200, Post-Doc or Graduate Student $550
Deadline:Please check the APA website for the current deadline.
Contact Information:Contact Nicolle Singer by or by telephone at (202) 336-6000

Although the topic receives little coverage in most textbooks on research methods, important advances have been made in recent decades in methods for psychological research involving racial and ethnic minority groups. The purpose of this ATI is to introduce participants to a variety of research approaches that have been used with diverse racial and ethnic groups to produce significant and useful knowledge about these populations. Participation in this ATI will help investigators to conduct psychological research that is culturally appropriate and relevant for the groups being studied.

The ATI will be led by Frederick Leong, who is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University. Dr. Leong recently co-edited a special section of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (the journal of APA Division 45) on methodologies for research with racial and ethnic minority populations. Other instructors for the ATI will come from Michigan State and other leading institutions.

Among the topics to be covered in this ATI are: (a) Methodologies for Investigating Treatment Outcomes with Culturally Diverse Populations; (b) Archival Research and Secondary Data Analysis with Culturally Diverse Populations; (c) Capturing Culture & Context in Community Research: Toward Methodological Pluralism in Psychological Inquiry; (d) Qualitative Research Methods with Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups; (e) Evaluating Measurement Equivalence of Research Measures; (f) Integrating Social Class Measurement into Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology Research; (g) Aging Research with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups; (h) Culture and Neuroscience: Methodological Strategies; and (i) Genomic Research in Ethnic Minority Communities.

The course will be tailored to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students who aim to conduct research with racial and ethnic groups and are interested in learning about the latest methodological approaches and challenges. There are no prerequisites, but participants should come to the course with an idea for a specific research project. Participants can choose between two options and they will be divided into various teams based on the option that they have chosen:

Option A Participants can bring their own project that they would like to discuss and receive feedback on from instructors and teammates.

Option B Participants can develop a project that they would like to carry out based on secondary analysis of datasets. Information regarding these archival datasets will be provided prior to the workshop.

It is expected but not required that the teams will complete the research projects following the ATI and submit the work for publication.

Up to 35 participants will be chosen to attend this ATI.

How to Apply:
  • Participants will receive a group discount on rooms at the Kellogg Center Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University. The ATI will take place in a Kellogg Center conference room.
Financial Aid:
  • The APA Science Directorate will be able to provide a limited amount of financial assistance to support travel and lodging of some ATI participants. If you wish to apply for financial assistance, please contact ATI for a copy of the ATI Financial Assistance Request Form and instructions. Please check the APA website for the current deadline. Preference will be given to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, but participants at other career levels will also be considered if sufficient funds are available. The amount of financial assistance that is provided will defray only a portion of overall travel and lodging costs. Applicants will be notified about financial assistance decisions after they have been accepted for the ATI and prior to the registration deadline.
  • Applicants are also encouraged to consult with their research mentors or department heads about the availability of institutional funds to support this advanced training opportunity.
Cancellation Policy:
  • If you cancel up to 30 days prior to the start date, and we are able to fill your place, a full refund will be provided. If you cancel less than 30 days prior, and we are able to fill your place, we will give a refund of 75%. If you cancel at any time and we are unable to fill your place, then no refund can be provided.
  • If you have any questions, please call (202) 336-6000, or send an e-mail to Advanced Training Institute (