Non-SOT Event: Causal Mediation Analysis Training: Methods and Applications Using Health Data

Starts:  Jul 29, 2024 10:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Jul 31, 2024 05:00 PM (ET)

Presented by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, this three-day intensive course will cover some of the recent developments in causal mediation analysis and provide practical tools to implement these techniques and assess the mechanisms and pathways by which causal effects operate. Led by a team of experts in causal mediation techniques at Columbia University, this course will integrate lectures and discussion with hands-on computer lab sessions using R. The course will cover the relationship between traditional methods for mediation in environmental health, epidemiology, and the social sciences and new methods in causal inference using a wide variety of examples to illustrate the techniques and approaches. We will discuss 1) when the standard approaches to mediation analysis are valid for dichotomous, and continuous, outcomes, 2) alternative mediation analysis techniques when the standard approaches will not work, introducing the counterfactual notation for mediation analysis and formal definitions of natural direct and indirect effects, 3) the no-unmeasured confounding assumptions needed to identify these effects, and 4) how regression approaches for mediation analysis can be extended in the presence of multiple mediators.

Investigators from any institution and from all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees and early-stage investigators to participate.

Capacity is limited. Paid registration is required to attend.