Dr. Sumihiro Suzuki
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Education & Experience:
I received a PhD, MS and a BS in Mathematical Sciences with a Major in Statistics all from the University of Texas at Dallas. I came to UNT Health Science Center as an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in 2007. During 2009 to 2010, I had training as a STAR (Steps Toward Academic Research) fellow at UNTHSC. I became an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in 2014. Most recently, I took on the role of Department Chair for the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2017.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
Graduating from a Department of Mathematical Sciences, I came to UNTHSC with little to no background in the field of public health, health sciences, and even biostatistics. However, during the last decade I have had the opportunity to learn and experience a variety of aspects of public health, largely due to my collaborative work with others. I have always tried to incorporate these experiences in the courses I teach. I have taught a variety of courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Public Health including Principles of Biostatistics, Intermediate Biostatistics, Advanced Methods in Biostatistics, Probability and Statistical Inference, Linear Models, Advanced Methods in Epidemiology, and Public Health Research Methods. I am currently or have supervised eight doctoral students during my tenure at UNTHSC.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am an active member of the American Statistical Association. I currently serve as an item writer for the National Board of Public Health Examiners, writing and reviewing exam items for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam. I also serve as an Associate Editor for Behavioral Medicine. In the past, I have served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Texas Cancer Registry (ACTCR). During my tenure at UNTHSC, I have received the Outstanding Teaching Award twice (2010 and 2016) and the Outstanding Advisor Award (2015).
My research focuses on statistical methodology in the area of sequential analysis, application of novel statistical methods to public health issues, as well as menu-labeling usage. As a biostatistician, I also collaborate with many other researchers from a variety of other disciplines, most notably in the areas of COPD, HIV, alcohol abuse, and immunology. Currently, I am working with a doctoral student to apply change point detection methods to flu surveillance and natural language processing techniques to prevention of probationer absconding.
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