Workshops & Webinars

Upcoming Workshops & Webinars

CSBS – School of Social Work Poverty Seminar Series

For many low-income families, the COVID-19 pandemic has translated into lost jobs and decreased work hours, putting a strain on already scarce resources. The resulting consequences of such income loss include food insecurity, stress and anxiety, as well as children’s emotional and behavioral problems. During this seminar series, faculty of various disciplines will provide insights into what we can do to address these harmful effects of COVID-19. These experts will present and discuss how different policy interventions affect families’ well-being, specifically when looking at key outcomes such as parental engagement and child development. Following the speakers’ research presentation, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A.


CSBS Methods Series: Machine Learning for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

This workshop is a hands-on experience where Dr. Fred Oswald will demonstrate the use of R and RStudio to conduct predictive modeling and clustering using machine learning algorithms. Participants will 1) explore available data sets, 2) run and discuss a few fundamental machine learning algorithms, and 3) compare the performance of these machine learning models against traditional models.


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Past Workshops

CSBS Methods Series

CSBS Methods Series: Crafting Qualitative Evidence for Impact


This workshop provided clear step-by-step best practices for crafting evidence in qualitative research via organizing, coding, analyzing, interpreting, claim-making, and presentation. Speaker Sarah J. Tracy provided backstage practices of data analysis that make for theoretically and practically illuminating research.  She also shared resources that will help you share what you have learned with collaborators, colleagues, and students.

Causal Inference with Observational Data Workshop


This workshop introduced participants to various disciplines to causal inference. The workshop was divided into sessions led by each of the social and behavioral scientists named below, who will each share their approach to causal inference. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion.

  • Jacob Bowers, Associate Professor of Political Science and Statistics, University of Illinois.
  • Jonathan Livengood, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois.
  • Lucia Petito, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics), Northwestern University.
  • Rodrigo Pinto, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California Los Angeles.
  • Felix Thoemmes, Associate Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Bayesian Statistics for Social and Behavioral Scientists

Given by Dr. David Kaplan, the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, this workshop will introduce social and behavioral scientists to the basic elements of Bayesian statistics and will illustrate why the Bayesian perspective provides a powerful alternative to the frequentist perspective

Structural Equation Modeling workshop

Given by Dr. Daniel Briley, Assistant Professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, and Dr. Ross Jacobucci, Assistant Professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, this hands-on workshop will help attendees learn about SEM techniques and apply them to their own research problems.


Other Workshops

Panel Discussion: “President Biden: First 100 Days” 

Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

The Center for Social and Behavioral Science, together with the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, is pleased to invite you to our upcoming panel discussion, “President Biden: First 100 days,” on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar. Illinois faculty experts of various disciplines will illuminate and investigate President Biden’s policy agenda within his first 100 days in office. The panel will address how salient social issues are progressing under the new administration and will pay particular attention to those related to women and gender.

This panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brent Roberts (CSBS director and professor of psychology) and Dr. Flavia Andrade (acting director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, and associate professor of the School of Social Work). Following the panelists’ introductory remarks, the moderators will guide the audience through a Q&A.

Registration to attend “President Biden: First 100 Days” is now open! If you would like to submit a question in advance, please do so via the registration form.

For more access info or access requests, email or call 217-300-4349.


University of Illinois Poverty and Policy Summit

This Policy and Poverty Summit gives a 360-degree perspective on the challenges facing vulnerable communities, families, and individuals during an unprecedented health crisis. Experts will canvass both the scale of the challenges and particular dimensions, such as food insecurity, educational divides, and the looming specters of homelessness.



This workshop is hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science and the University of Illinois System Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Human Subjects Research Workshop


This workshop addressed the challenges of conducting human subjects research during a pandemic. During this workshop, participants had the opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing and to learn different solutions to adapt their research activities to a virtual mode.

This webinar is hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science.

A Panel Discussion about the 2020 Presidential Election 


In many ways, the 2020 Presidential Election is unprecedented. The increasing polarization of the electorate, political influencers, disruptions due to COVID-19, and the proliferation of fringe media sources all pose threats to our democracy and public trust in our government. For this 90-minute panel conversation, Illinois faculty spoke about their multidisciplinary research and expertise on elections to provide insights into how current events are shaping our approach to democracy, political divisiveness, and the media in a time of turmoil and crisis.

This webinar is hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science.

Behavioral Science Hackathon: Collaborating for Community Impact Workshop


Given by Dr. Adam Seth Levine, Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University and president of Research4Impact this hands-on workshop led researchers and community partners through a rapid, focused collaboration in a hackathon-fashion: ready, set, collaborate. Dr. Levine started with a talk about the ingredients needed for a successful academic-community collaboration. The 30-minute opening talk is available to view. 

This event was hosted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Science, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute.

Understanding Contemporary Challenges

The Center for Social and Behavioral Science has also hosted the Understanding Contemporary Challenges series in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute. Learn more about this webinar series on the Understanding Contemporary Challenges page.