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 and took on the role of Interim Chair for the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2015. In addition, I have been serving as the Program Director for the MPH in Biostatistics as well as the PhD in Biostatistics and Epidemiology since 2014.
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 and in Public Health including Principles of Biostatistics, Intermediate Biostatistics, Advanced Methods in Biostatistics, Probability and Statistical Inference, Linear Models and Public Health Research Methods. I am currently or have supervised five 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. 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 interests include statistical methodology research in the area of sequential analysis, as well as applied research in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obesity. I have published in such journals as Sequential Analysis, Advances and Applications in Statistics, Respiratory Medicine, International Journal of COPD, and Preventing Chronic Diseases. In addition, my collaborative research has resulted in publications in such journals as the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, and the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
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