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, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at GRU in Augusta, GA. Dr. Yang is a gerontologist, methodologist, and psychometrician, and a qualitative researcher. Her content expertise is in mental health and aging research, specifically with publications and grant awards in the areas of depression, cognitive impairment, and substance abuse.