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MplusWizard is a place where you get to learn magical SEM skills to empower you to reveal intricate patterns in real life. It was created to offer a very gentle introduction into SEM, in an intuitive and non-mathematical way. It will help you become a wizard!

How does it work?

When a course is released, you will receive:

  • A weekly installment of videos to engage with, released every Sunday evening (UK time).
  • Access to a shared dashboard where you can post questions, engage with the questions posted by other attendees and obtain answers from me (which I aim to answer within 24 hours each weekday).
  • A package with pdfs of the slides used, Mplus files used in the videos, homeworks/quizzes and suggestions for further resources.


In addition to the Foundation course, there are 3 Specialised courses. The next dates for these courses are:

Foundation course
(The Wizard’s Cat)
19th April – 3rd May (2 weeks)
Multiple group analysis
(The Potion Master)
3rd May – 17th May (2 weeks)
Multilevel modelling
(The Magic School)
17th May  – 7th June (3 weeks)
Londitudinal data analysis
(The Spell Caster)
to be determined (3 weeks, probably in late June or early July)

What does it actually look like?

I included 3 videos below. The first is a tour of the online course space. The other two are examples. In addition to this, you will also receive access to a dashboard where you can ask questions and see  (and upvote) questions posted by other attendees, which I will try to answer within 24 hours. And you will also receive a goodie pack with Mplus files, slide deck, quizzes and suggestions for further resources for your development.


Watch this 3-minute video to take a tour of the website and get a glimpse into the actual course:



Here’s a little gift for you:

A summary of main differences between Confirmatory and Exploratory Factor Analysis



Sometimes we do “empowerment” exercises. Beyond learning to use Mplus we look a bit closer at calculations.

Calculating StdYX coefficients by hand:


Choose the course that is right for you

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Autoregressive models tick tick tick
Longitudinal invariance tick tick tick
Latent growth curve models tick tick tick
Growth mixture models tick tick tick
When to use MLM and when not to tick tick tick
Multilevel path analysis and cross-level interactions tick tick tick
Multilevel latent variables (EFA, CFA, SEM) tick tick tick
Multiple group path analysis (Structural invariance) tick tick tick
Moderated mediation tick tick tick
Multiple group CFA (Measurement invariance) tick tick tick
Multiple group SEM tick tick tick

catIn addition, I also offer “The Wizard’s Cat”, my own favourite course. It is a foundation course and includes:

  • An introduction to SEM and Mplus
  • Path analysis with mediation effects
  • Different types of regression models
  • An introduction to factor analysis
  • Examples of EFA and CFA
  • Examples of a full SEM

This course is aimed at absolute beginners who have no technical background. And if you are an absolute beginner, this foundation course is a pre-requisite for all other courses.

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gabrielaMy name is Gabriela Roman. I am a Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, where my main research interest is the development of cognitive and emotional self-regulation and the role of self-regulation for behaviour difficulties (in early childhood) and criminal behaviour (in adolescence and early adulthood). I am particularly interested in the contributions of other actors to the development of a person’s self-regulation. Over the years, I have also been involved in various international projects as a consultant. I am currently working on a book about young people’s pathways into crime, from age 13 to age 24. Previously I was fortunate to learn a little bit about various branches of psychology and criminology via a PhD in developmental psychology (Cambridge University), an MPhil in criminological research (Cambridge University), and a BA in cognitive and social psychology (Jacobs University Bremen).

Courses: I have been delivering training courses since 2013. My flagship courses are in-person and take place in Cambridge. They are hosted by Selwyn College, which looks like a fairy tale. We complete our experience with 3 coffee & cake breaks, as well as lunch in the Great Hall (which also includes cake, of course):


Webinars: I also developed the Mplus Webinarium, a platform through which I sometimes deliver highly interactive webinar series. This format was created with an aim to bring all the interactive and immersive features you would expect from an in-person course directly to the comfort of your living room:


About Mplus Wizard

Mplus Wizard is my latest project. It aims to further increase flexibility by allowing you to learn at your own pace (e.g. by allowing you to pause/rewind videos) and your own schedule, while retaining the support you would get when studying in my presence (e.g. via the option to post questions online on the web dashboard directly to me). I record and edit the videos undergoing a minutious process to maximise their quality and delivery in the hope that they provide an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for you.

If you have any questions then please feel free to contact me using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

All the best,


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