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Statistics Review Committee

The goal of the Statistics Review Committee (SRC) is to advance understanding and dissemination of statistical methods and testing in the public health field and to help practitioners use this statistical knowledge in decreasing chronic disease and improving health across the life span. PCD’s SRC members are volunteers with training and expertise in statistics and biostatistics who assist the journal with assessing peer-reviewed articles to determine the appropriateness of the research and evaluation questions; selection of the study sample; statistical tests used; and analysis of data based on research design, distribution of data, and type of variable under examination.
 

 

 

Laurie K. Barker, MPH

Health Statistician
Division of Viral Hepatitis
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

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Ms Barker is a health statistician on the surveillance team in the Division of Viral Hepatitis, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Trained in biostatistics, she has served as a mathematical statistician in the Division of Oral Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, in the Emergency Operations Center during the H1N1 influenza outbreak, and as chair of CDC’s Statistical Advisory Group during 2018–2019. She received a master’s degree in biostatistics from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022
 

 

 

Vinay Cheruvu, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Division of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, and Epidemiology
College of Public Health
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

Vinay Cheruvu

Dr Cheruvu has more than 10 years of experience working with researchers in the fields of medicine and public health. His expertise is in longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, clinical trials, and mediation analysis. Dr Cheruvu received a doctoral degree in biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in statistics from Oklahoma State University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022
 

 

 

B. Rey de Castro, ScD

Mathematical Statistician
Quantitative Sciences & Data Management Branch
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, & TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

B. Rey de Castro, ScD

Dr de Castro is a mathematical statistician examining the efficacy of tuberculosis testing and clinical treatment. His broad expertise encompasses HIV/AIDS treatment, environmental epidemiology, and human exposure to environmental pollutants. Dr de Castro also serves on CDC’s Statistical Advisory Group and is the founder and chair of the newly reincarnated CDC SAS Users Group. During November 2014–January 2015, Dr de Castro was deployed to Sierra Leone as part of CDC’s West Africa Ebola response. Dr de Castro has a doctor of science degree in environmental health.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Jenine K. Harris, PhD

Associate Professor
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in St Louis
St Louis, Missouri

Jenine K. Harris

Dr Harris teaches biostatistics in the public health program at Washington University in St Louis. Her research interests focus on improving the quality of research in public health by using reproducible research practices throughout the research process. She received a doctoral degree in public health studies with a concentration in biostatistics from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Tao He, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

Tao He

Dr He is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include statistical genetics/genomics and bioinformatics. She also serves as vice president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the American Statistical Association. She has a dual doctoral degree in statistics and quantitative biology from Michigan State University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Yi-An Ko, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Rollins School of Public Health
Lead Biostatistician
Division of Cardiology
School of Medicine
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Yi-An Ko

Dr Ko is an assistant research professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is also the lead statistician of the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute, supporting the development and application of statistical methods in biomedical and cardiology research. She has a doctoral degree in biostatistics from the University of Michigan.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Rui Li, PhD, MM, BM

Senior/Lead Economist
Office of the Director
Division of Reproductive Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Rui Li

Dr Li is a lead economist in the Division of Reproductive Health at CDC. Her areas of expertise are in evaluating the effectiveness of health policies, laws, and regulations using quasi-experimental designs; conducting economic evaluations to determine the value of investing in selected interventions; and conducting systematic reviews of the economic impact (cost-effectiveness) of public health interventions. She has a doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Appointment Term: 2019–2022
 

 

 

Shelley H. Liu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Population Health Sciences and Policy
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Shelley H. Liu

Dr Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her research interests include neurodevelopment issues in children and environmental health. She received a doctoral degree in biostatistics from Harvard University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Zhen-Qiang Ma, MD, MPH, MS

Division Director
Division of Community Epidemiology
Bureau of Epidemiology
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Zhen-qiangMa

Dr Ma has extensive experience in epidemiological investigations at the local and state health departments. He is a senior epidemiologist at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the division director of community epidemiology. In this role, he oversees maternal–child health, childhood lead exposure, opioid overdose, and chronic disease prevention program epidemiologic support. He obtained his medical degree from Nanjing Medical University and has master’s degrees in public health and applied statistics. He is an adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests are to link various existing data sources — vital records, cancer registry, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and hospital discharge data using personal and geographical identifiers — and use these linked data to design and evaluate public health programs. He is also interested in using appropriate epidemiological study design and statistical methods applied in public health practice.

Appointment Term: 2021-2025
 

 

 

Lazarous Mbulo, PhD

Health Scientist
Office on Smoking and Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Lazarous Mbulo

Dr Mbulo is a health scientist in the Office on Smoking and Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He provides technical assistance to countries implementing the Global Adult Tobacco Survey. He has a doctoral degree in health education and a master’s degree in survey research and methodology from the University of Nebraska.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Michael J. Monsour, PhD

Women’s Health and Fertility Branch
Division of Reproductive Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Michael J. Monsour

Dr Monsour is a mathematical statistician in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the analytic methods team that provides statistical, programming, and data management support for women’s health and fertility studies. He has also provided statistical support for studies of HIV/AIDS, oral health, and several national health care surveys, and has extensive experience with statistical software packages. He has a doctoral degree in mathematical statistics from the University of Maryland.

Appointment Term: 2019-2022
 

 

 

Brian H. Nathanson, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
OptiStatim, LLC
Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Brian H. Nathanson

Dr Nathanson is the cofounder and chief executive officer of OptiStatim, LLC. He has expertise in mathematical modeling and data analysis in health care. He has a doctorate in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Massachusetts.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

 
 

 

 

James S. Parrott, PhD

Director
Methodology and Statistics Support Team
School of Health Professions
Rutgers University
Piscataway, New Jersey

James S. Parrott

Dr Parrott has more than 25 years of experience working as a methodological and statistical consultant in various settings, including academic, health care, international law, public health, and medicine. For the past 6 years, he has served as a professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Health Professions and the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He has a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

LaTonia Richardson, PhD, MS

Statistician
Analytics Team
Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch
Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

LaTonia Richardson

Dr Richardson is a statistician with more than 10 years of experience in managing federal data systems. Her expertise includes statistical programming, data visualization, data quality evaluation, and probabilistic record linkage. She has a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Walden University and a master’s degree in biostatistics from Georgia State University. Dr Richardson is a member of CDC’s Statistical Advisory Group (SAG), recently serving as the 2016–2018 National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases SAG representative and currently serving as SAG’s liaison for the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Daniel Sarpong, PhD

Director, Center for Minority Health Disparities Research and Education
Endowed Chair of Health Disparities
Professor of Biostatistics
College of Pharmacy
Xavier University
New Orleans, Louisiana

Daniel Sarpong

Dr Sarpong is the director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education, Endowed Chair of Health Disparities, and professor of biostatistics in the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana. His programmatic focus has been in the use of data from large epidemiologic studies and intervention trials. He received a doctoral degree in biometry from Louisiana State University Medical Center.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Sanjay Shete, PhD

Betty B. Marcus Chair in Cancer Prevention
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Biostatistics
Houston, Texas

Sanjay Shete

Dr Shete is a population health scientist, quantitative statistician, and behavioral and genetic epidemiologist with interests in developing statistical methods for genetic, population, and behavioral data. He has served as the principal investigator for several National Institutes of Health R01 grants. He received a PhD in statistics from the University of Georgia.

Appointment Term: 2020–2024
 

 

 

Kate M. Shaw, PhD

Health Scientist
Office of the Associate Director for Science
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Kate M. Shaw

Dr Shaw currently serves as a health scientist in the office of the Associate Director for Science in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is responsible for providing scientific and public health practice review of manuscripts, presentations, and data products. She has worked in infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and injury prevention. She has a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Georgia State University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023

 

Ruben A. Smith, PhD, MS

Senior Statistician
Women’s Health and Fertility Branch
Division of Reproductive Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Ruben A. Smith

Dr Smith is a senior statistician in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has more than 20 years of research and consulting experience. His current work focuses on the application, adaptation, and development of statistical methods for maternal and child health studies. Dr Smith has a doctoral degree in statistics from Oregon State University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Tyler C. Smith, PhD

Chair and Professor
Department of Community Health
School of Health and Human Services
National University
San Diego, California

Tyler C. Smith

Dr Smith is a statistical epidemiologist and professor in the Department of Community Health at National University. He conducts longitudinal studies and research focusing on military and veteran health. He has authored nearly 150 peer-reviewed journal publications and 300 presentations. He has a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Kentucky and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Carmen D. Tekwe, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health
Indiana University – Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana

Carmen D. Tekwe

Dr Tekwe has more than 15 years of experience in collaborating and conducting research in biostatistics with applications to substantive research areas such as aging, chronic diseases, radiation effects, cancer, nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. Her research interests include structural equation models, measurement errors, statistical proteomics, radiation effects, and statistical methods for nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. She received a doctoral degree in biostatistics from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Florida.

Appointment Term: 2020–2024
 

 

 

Machell Town, PhD

Branch Chief
Population Health Surveillance Branch
Division of Population Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Machell Town

Dr Town serves as the branch chief for the Population Health Surveillance Branch in the Division of Population Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has expertise in the oversampling of special populations and local communities for the administration of CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys. She has a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Georgia and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Walden University.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Ming Wang, PhD

Associate Professor
Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Medicine
Pennsylvania State University
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Ming Wang

Dr Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Penn State in 2013, she received a PhD in biostatistics from Emory University and has expertise in longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, spatial statistics, and other areas related to biomedical and human health research.

Appointment Term: 2019–2023
 

 

 

Ying Zhang, MD, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Director, Center for American Indian Health Research
Department of of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Hudson College of Public Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ying Zhang

Dr Zhang’s research interests include time-to-event and longitudinal data analyses for independent or correlated outcomes, categorical data analysis, model building, study design and sample size, genetic epidemiology and pathophysiology of cardiometabolic diseases, including diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, especially among American Indians. Dr Zhang completed postdoctoral training in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She received MS and PhD degrees in health statistics and an MD degree from the West China University of Medical Sciences.

Appointment Term: 2020–2024

 

 

 


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