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MplusWizard is a place where you get to learn magical SEM skills that will 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!

This set of online courses emulates the courses I deliver in Cambridge. They really are meant to be taken as a “course”, not simply a “resource bank”.

How does it work? Watch this 5-minute video:


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

Foundation course
(The Wizard’s Cat)
always open (2 weeks)
Multilevel modelling
(The Magic School)
13 July  – 31 July (3 weeks)
Multiple group analysis
(The Potion Master)
13 July – 31 July (3 weeks)
Longitudinal data analysis
(The Spell Caster)
17 August – 4 Sept (3 weeks)

Note 1: You have asked me to keep the Wizard’s Cat course always open so you can prepare for the other courses. I have listened. So you can now take the Wizard’s Cat course any time, including alongside the specialised courses. The topics in the Wizard’s Cat course are ordered so as to map onto the weekly topics introduced in the other courses to make it possible for you to take both courses in tandem (i.e. week 1 of Wizard’s Cat maps onto week 1 of each of the others, etc.).
Note 2: Expected weekly workload = approx 8-10 hours.

What is it actually like?

Here is a video of a full SEM. The way to use the videos is to “work through them”, not just “watch” them. You will receive the actual files, so you can annotate them and create a bank of annotated models. These will provide a useful way to quickly remember all the details later. In fact, these will probably be more useful as a quick reference than the actual videos, as they provide more efficient searching of specific bits and bobs. And by annotating files as you watch the videos, you will efficiently internalise the new knowledge. Enjoy!



A full SEM:


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.

Click on “Sign up now” to see the price list and dates (no strings attached).

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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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