Dr. Melvin Livingston

Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology

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Dr. Melvin Livingston


Education & Experience:
I received my PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Florida in 2013. Prior to joining the UNTHSC School of Public Health faculty, I held a previous faculty position at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine as an Assistant Research Scientist in the department of Health Outcomes and Policy.

Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests
My teaching efforts have focused on the application of appropriate methodology for the design and analysis of epidemiological and community trials. I have taught a variety of courses including Introduction to Statistical Computing, Intermediate Epidemiology, Applied Data Analysis for Epidemiology, and Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research Designs for Community Settings. I have also had the opportunity to serve as a research mentor for both graduate students and post-docs. 

Professional Activities & Awards
I am an active member of the Society of Prevention Research. Additionally, I was recently invited to speak at the Texans Standing Tall Statewide Summit on the effect of state alcohol taxes on sexually transmitted infections.

Scholarly Interests:
My research interests have focused mainly on the application of quasi-experimental trial methodology to the analysis of state-level policy effects and community intervention trials. My prior work has focused on the health impact of state-level alcohol tax policy. I am currently a Co-Investigator for a 50-state, 30-year study of effects of state-level economic and education policies on a diverse set of public health outcomes, explicitly examining differential effects across disadvantaged subgroups of the population.  Additionally, I serve as Co-Investigator and statistician for a NIAAA- and NIDA-funded trial to prevent alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among youth living in high-risk, low-income communities within the Cherokee Nation. Further, I have 5 years of direct experience in managing data systems associated with large community trials.

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