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CPD105 - Propensity score methods for estimating causal effects in non-experimental studies: The why, what, and how

  • 21 Oct 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (AEDT)
  • Room 430, Level 5, Building 4, UTS, Sydney
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SSA and ACEMS are proud to present the following 1-day workshop with Liz Stuart to be held on 21 October 2019 in Sydney:

Propensity score methods for estimating causal effects in non-experimental studies: The why, what, and how

About this workshop

Propensity scores are an increasingly common tool for estimating the effects of interventions in observational (“non-experimental”) settings and for answering complex questions in randomized controlled trials. They can be of great use in epidemiologic research, for example helping assess broad population effects of exposures, programs, or policies. This workshop will discuss the importance of the careful design of observational studies, and the role of propensity scores in that design, with the main goal of providing practical guidance on the use of propensity scores to estimate causal effects. The workshop will cover the primary ways of using propensity scores to adjust for confounders when estimating the effect of a particular “cause” or “intervention”, including weighting, subclassification, and matching. Topics covered will include how to specify and estimate the propensity score model, selecting covariates to include in the model, diagnostics, and common challenges and solutions. Software for implementing analyses using propensity scores will also be discussed. The workshop will also highlight recent advances in the propensity score literature, including prognostic scores, covariate balancing propensity scores, methods for non-binary treatments, and approaches to be used when there are large numbers of covariates available (as in claims data).

About the presenter

Elizabeth A. Stuart, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Associate Dean for Education at JHSPH. She received her Ph.D. in statistics in 2004 from Harvard University and is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Stuart has extensive experience in methods for estimating causal effects and dealing with the complications of missing data in experimental and non-experimental studies, particularly as applied to mental health, public policy, and education. She has published influential papers on propensity score methods and generalizing treatment effect estimates to target populations and has taught courses and short courses on causal inference and propensity scores to a wide range of audiences. Her primary areas of application include mental health, substance use, and policy evaluation, including co-directing the JHSPH Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research. Dr. Stuart has received research funding for her work from the National Institutes of Health, the US Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Science Foundation and has served on advisory panels for the National Academy of Sciences, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the US Department of Education. Dr. Stuart was recently recognized with the mid-career award from the Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, the Gertrude Cox Award for applied statistics, and the Myrto Lefkopoulou award from the Harvard University Department of Biostatistics.

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for a varied audience, ranging from people with no experience with propensity scores to those with some experience who want to learn more, especially about various data complexities. General knowledge of regression and logistic regression is useful.

Course venue
UTS City campus, Ultimo NSW

Course Fees
Early Bird (payment before 1  October 2019)





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Registrations close on 14 October 2019.

Travel Expenses

Occasionally workshops have to be cancelled due to a lack of subscription. Early registration ensures that this will not happen. Please contact the SSA Office before making any travel arrangements to confirm that the workshop will go ahead, because the Society will not be held responsible for any travel or accommodation expenses incurred due to a workshop cancellation.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received prior to Monday, 14 October 2019 will be refunded, minus a $20 administration fee. From then onwards no part of the registration fee will be refunded. However, registrations are transferable within the same organisation. Please advise any changes 

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