CAMeL (Community for Advanced Methodological Learning)

What is CAMeL: CAMeL is a student-run group based in the Psychology department, focused on broadening and deepening our knowledge about advanced quantitative methodology. (Faculty mentors: Aidan Wright, PhD and Rebecca Reed, PhD. Student organizers: Molly Bowdring, Brenden Tervo-Clemmens, Kirsten McKone, and Delainey Wescott)

Who is CAMeL: We encourage scholars of all levels (including students, post-docs, staff, and faculty) and departments to join and contribute as often as desired.

Contact: Please feel free to contact Rebecca Reed (, Kirsten McKone ( or Delainey Wescott ( with any questions! If you have an area of methodological interest or expertise on which you’d like to present, we’d love to hear from you!


Fall 2020 Schedule

All events will be held virtually through Zoom this semester. 

Speaker: Marissa Bowman (Graduate Student, Clinical-Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: September 17, 2020

Topic: Meta-analysis made (somewhat) painless 

Abstract: "Marissa Bowman is a 5th year Clinical-Health Psychology PhD student at Pitt. In her research, she evaluates the predictors and cardiometabolic health consequences of sleep and circadian disturbances. She is passionate about the role of sleep interventions to improve mental and physical health. In this talk entitled "Meta-analysis made (somewhat) painless", she will discuss in detail the steps of conducting your own meta-analysis, from question development to article screening to analysis.”


Speaker: Delainey Wescott (Graduate Student, Clinical-Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: September 24, 2020

Topic: k-means cluster analysis 


Speaker: Lauren Hallion, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: October 1, 2020

Topic: Open Science 


Speaker: Dan Yurovsky, Ph.D (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University)

Date: October 29, 2020

Topic: Hierarchical Bayesian Modelling


Speaker: Beverly Conrique (Graduate Student, Social Psychology, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: November 12, 2020

Topic: Item response theory 

Speaker: Krista Bond (Graduate Student, Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University)

Date: November 12, 2020

Topic: Hierarchical Bayesian Modelling in the context of Drift Diffusion Models