Dr. Uyen-Sa D. T. Nguyen
Associate Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Education & Experience:
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the HSC School of Public Health, I was a faculty member in the Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit at the Boston University School of Medicine, and the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
My university teaching over the years has included courses in clinical epidemiology and population health for medical and dental students, and epidemiology and clinical research methods for surgical and research fellows. At HSC, I am teaching Intermediate Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology I, Introduction to Data Management & Statistical Programming, Measurement Theory & Instrument Design. In addition, I have mentored master’s and doctoral level students in Epidemiology, as well as medical students.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am an active member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Gerontological Society of America and the Society for Epidemiologic Research. I have served as a volunteer for several professional societies, reviewing abstracts for annual scientific meetings and serving on various committees and subcommittees, including annual scientific meeting planning committees, and committees on journal publication.
I have experience conducting or collaborating on epidemiologic studies on topics ranging from perinatal to geriatric epidemiology, both within the U.S. and at international institutions. My current areas of research include examining pain, function and quality of life related to rheumatic diseases and the utilization of joint replacement. I also seek to understand socioeconomic and racial disparities in chronic health conditions and health care utilization, and I am interested in working with underrepresented populations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. My research focus also involves the application of advanced research and analytic methods to assess and control for selection bias and confounding, including the use of marginal structural models for causal mediation analysis, simultaneous multiple data imputation and propensity methods.