Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling using Stata - (2 days)

This master-class provides a foundation for those wishing to utilise structural equation modelling (SEM) to explore and test complex relationships.

The course is designed as an applied introduction to SEM using Stata, aimed at providing participants with a sound understanding of when to use SEM and how to assess and report their models

Master Class - runs over 2 days

Dr Joanna Dipnall is a biostatistician with the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine (SPHPM) at Monash University and Honorary Research Fellow with School of Medicine at Deakin University. She holds a B.Ec(Honours) from Monash University, and a PhD from the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She also lectures and tutors with the Department of Statistics, Data Science and Epidemiology at Swinburne University. Joanna has developed a novel Risk Index for Depression (RID) utilising SEM and machine learning techniques that brought together five key determinants of depression. She has been a teacher of Stata software for over 15 years, training across Australia and overseas and was a member of the Scientific Committee for the Oceania Stata Users Group Meeting in 2017.

Course dates: Friday 30 August 2019 - Saturday 31 August 2019
Week 1
About this course: 

This Master-class is designed for participants with an introductory-level understanding of the statistical methods of regression analysis and exploratory factor analysis. Participants will experience hands-on SEM examples and have the ability to build their own Stata SEM models.


This workshop is targeted at those researchers who wish to expand their understanding of this highly powerful technique. SEM has been utilised in many areas of research from psychology to medicine.

Course syllabus: 

Day 1: Fundamentals of SEM

  • Brief overview of multiple regression and exploratory factor analysis using Stata
  • Discussion of the advantages of SEM over conventional analytical techniques
  • Understanding of the fundamentals underlying SEM; model conceptualisation, path diagrams, model specification and when should they be used
  • Introduction to Stata SEM notation and diagrams
  • Introduction to path analysis using Stata


Day 2: Working with SEM Models

  • Introduction to confirmatory factor analysis using Stata
  • Extending path analysis to use with binary outcomes
  • Brief introduction to more complex SEM models
  • Stata postestimation tests, predictions and goodness of fit statistics
  • Guidelines for writing up SEM models
Course format: 

This workshop will take place in a classroom. You will need to bring your own laptop with Stata. If you don't have a copy of Stata, please let us know in advance and we will organise a trial version for the course.

Recommended Background: 

This course assumes that participants have familiarity with the Stata command language and a sufficient understanding of statistics to be able to comprehend the material covered in the course outline, such as a basic grounding in regression and exploratory factor analysis.

Recommended Texts: 

Course notes will be supplied.


No specific references are suggested but participants might find the following text useful:

  • Bollen KA. 1989. Structural equations with latent variables. New York: John Wiley.
  • Schumacker RE & Lomax RG. 2010. A Beginner’s Guide to Structural Equation Modeling. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • A Acock, 2013,Discovering Structural Equation Modeling Using Stata, Revised Edition, A Stata Press Publication.
Course Fees:
All courses at a given program have the same fee structure, but fees vary depending on whether your organisation is an ACSPRI Member and whether there are Early Bird Discounts available at the time. The prices for this program are available on the program page.
Supported by: 

Stata is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Survey Design and Analysis Services.