About Us

The LVM Workshop director is Richard N. Jones, ScD, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He is director of the Quantitative Science Program serving the Brown Psychiatry and Neurology. His research interests include cognitive aging and dementia. Dr. Jones is an assistant editor for biostatistics at the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and biostatistics editor at Alzheimer's & Dementia. He developed this workshop, along with his colleague Dr. Frances M. Yang and others, to provided basic, nuts-and-bolts orientation and introduction to data analysis problems using latent variables and Mplus software.

Alden L. Gross, PhD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include mental health and cognitive aging, integrative data analysis and data harmonization. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jones, and has been part of the LVM workshop series as an attendee and then co-instructor since 2008.

The workshop co-founder is Frances M. Yang, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Nursing, Center for Data Science. Dr. Yang is a gerontologist, methodologist, and psychometrician, and a mixed methods researcher. She is the director of the Person Centered Outcomes Research and Assessment Lab (PCORAL) and the Principal Investigator of the COVID-19 Impact on Nurses Study (COINS). Her content expertise is in measurement of person centered outcomes in the context of multiple chronic health conditions, aging, and cultural differences, specifically with publications and grant awards in the areas of depression, cognitive impairment, and substance abuse.