Research Interests of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Faculty
Research Interest:-My research interests and expertise lies in statistical methodological development as well as general statistical applications. The theoretical component of my research include longitudinal modeling and power analysis for hierarchical models, environmental statistics and statistical methods for behavioral studies and have led to publications in Biometrics, Environmetrics and Communications in Statistics, among others. I am a co-author of "Statistical Methods for Groundwater Monitoring, 2nd edition" published by Wiley. My interdisciplinary research include collaboration with psychologists and physicians with publications in American Journal of Psychiatry, Advances in Urology and Journal of Adolscent Psychopharmacology, among others.
Research Interest:- I am passionate about understanding the mechanisms and determinants of healthy aging and late-life quality of life, and applying that understanding to improving outcomes for the older adult population. Specifically, I have published research focusing on preservation of physical and cognitive function, living / aging with disability, and understanding / preventing elder abuse.
Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, MPH
Research Interest:-My research is focused on social determinants of health disparities, with a focus on vulnerable populations. My team employs a community-based participatory approach to build community capacity to address these disparities, including HIV, infant mortality, breast cancer, and HPV vaccination. Funding for our work has come from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute, HRSA, the U.S. Department of Justice, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, NIH, CDC, and local foundations.
Shande Chen, PhD
Research Interest:-My area of expertise is biostatistics. Since 1990 I have been working on theory and methodology in biostatistics and statistical applications to medical, biomedical and public health researches. My methodological research includes survival analysis, sequential analysis, study design for clinical trials, sample size and power calculation and stochastic modeling. My research experience in application has a broad range, such as cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disease, stroke, aging, physiology. I Have good experience in data management, and worked as statistician in data management center for large clinical trials and data center director for a CDC task force. I have been collaborating with clinicians, basic science researchers, and also provide statistical consultation for other researches.
Sharon Homan, PhD
Statistical methods and program evaluation
Community-based interventions in maternal and child health
Mental health, homelessness, substance abuse, family violence
Methods of analysis of survival data, particularly abuse relapse
Witold Migala, PhD
-Early Childhood Development
-Child Fatality Review Teams and Legislation
-Community Needs Assessment
-Behavioral Risk Factors for Negative Health Outcomes
-Survey Development and Implementation
-Perinatal Periods of Risk
-Integration of Emerging Technologies (including GIS) in Community Risk Assessment
-Lot Quality Assessment Surveys (LQAS) for vaccine coverage
-Physician Bioterrorism Preparedness Survey
-Using GIS to Guide West Nile Intervention
-Institutional Child Abuse and Neglect
-Substance Abuse Impact (SAID Program)
-Grief and Bereavement Issues (Military)
Rajesh Nandy, MS, PhD
Research Interest:- My primary research goal is to develop novel, intuitive and practical statistical methods that can contribute to solving real life problems. In fact, the motivation for most of my statistical methodological research comes from real data where conventional statistical approaches are inadequate. I have applied my methods to a broad range of applications including clinical trials, neuroimaging data, dose response and signal processing using a wide array of statistical methods like Multivariate Statistical Analysis, Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) methods, Multiple Comparison, Resampling methods, Machine learning, Bayesian variable selection, Optimal Designs and Spatial Statistics. Over the last 10 years, I have participated in several NIH funded grants on a diverse array of clinical research problems.
Suhasini Ramisetty-Mikler, PhD, MPH
Research Interest:-I have extensive research experience and successful publication record. I have served as a Co-I on several NIH funded grants and have gained considerable grant (NIH) writing experience (R15, R21 and R01). My educational background is in human development, family, child, adolescent, and public health/epidemiological research design and analysis. My research skills include general population survey design and analysis, questionnaire development, sampling, psychometrics, and statistical analysis; experience in analyzing large data sets concerning general population samples. My area of research expertise include: Alcohol epidemiology, alcohol related problems and their impact on family violence; child/Adolescent risk behaviors, alcohol/ drug use, sexual risk taking? etiology, consequences particularly in minority populations (e.g., Hispanic and native populations). I have published my research in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals.
Sumihiro Suzuki, PhD
Research Interest:-My area of expertise involves methological research in sequential analysis as well as applied research in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For the former, my work has concentrated on the development of optimal (Bayesian) sequential plans with applications to clinical trials. For the latter, my work has dealt with health disparities in COPD hospitalizations in Texas. These have resulted in publications in such journals as Sequential Analysis, Advances and Applications in Statistics, Respiratory Medicine, and International Journal of COPD. In addition, my collaborative research has resulted in publications in such journals as International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Molecular Cancer Theraputics, and Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.