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Thesis Titles

  • 2019 – Luke Patten, MS – Assessing the Performance of Different Outcomes for Tumor Growth Studies with Animal Models
  • 2019 – Piper Williams, MS – Assessment of Biomarker Testing Strategies in Lung Cancer Prediction
  • 2019 – Cuining Liu, MS – Expression-Associated Genetic Variants in the Developing Human Lung
  • 2019 – Rachel Johnson, MS – Modeling Recurrent Events in the Context of Pulmonary Exacerbations in the Epic Cystic Fibrosis Study
  • 2019 – Patrick Iben, MS – Cluster Assignment and Covariate-Constrained Randomization for Spatially-Correlated Data
  • 2019 – Eleanor Cotton, MS – A Comparison of Two-Stage FPCA and Bayesian Mixture Models Applied to Physical Activity Accelerometer Data: Pattern Identification and Group Classification
  • 2019 – Junxiao (Jim) Hu, PhD – Design and Application of Sequential Clinical Trials with Bivariate Outcomes
  • 2019 – Gordon Kordas, MS – miRNA eQLT Analysis and Insight into miRNA Regulation in the Brain
  • 2018  Maxene Meier, MS
  • 2018 – Liz Litkowski, MS – A Hybrid Approach to Assessing Gene Module Construction in Saline Versus Ethanol Treated Recombinant Inbred Mice
  • 2018 – Jay Arnett, MS – Estimating the Relative Impact of Service Utilization and Service Cost on Total Expenditures Across Hospitals
  • 2018 – Alyssa Forber, MS – A Comparison of Statistical Methods for Improving Rare Event Classification in Medicine
  • 2018 – Alexandria Jensen, MS – Resistance Perturbation Distance Kernal Regression for Prediction of Biological Phenotyes in fMRI
  • 2018 – Michaela Palumbo, MS – Recommendations for Enhancing Reproducibility of Models With Trajectories as Predictors
  • 2018 – Annie Thwing, MS – Examining mediated paths in genetic association studies: A comparison of mendelian randomization and mediation analysis approaches
  • 2017 – Elise Amioka, MS – A Comparison of Imputation and Prediction Methods for Classification of Chagas Disease
  • 2017 – Kristen Campbell, MS - Modeling of longitudinal and interval censored time-to-event outcomes with application to Tacrolimus and antibody formation in kidney transplant recipients
  • ​2017 – Manish Dalwani, PhD – Machine Learning in Neuroimaging Based Modalities Using Support Vector Machines with Wavelet Kernels
  • 2017 – Justin Eagles, MS – Genomic Characterization of a Patient‐Derived Xenograft Model of Salivary Gland Cancer
  • 2017 – Lilyana Gross, MS – Marijuana Use on Quality of Life Outcomes in HIV‐infected Men
  • 2017 – Kevin Josey, MS – Power for Balanced Linear Models with Complex Missing Data Processes
  • 2017 – Molly Nowels, MS – Longitudinal Latent Class Analysis of Primary Care Utilization
  • 2017 – Katherine Roberts, MS – Machine Learning Methods for Hierarchical Data
  • 2017 – Sarah Ryan, MS - An exploration of spatial radiomic features in pulmonary sarcoidosis
  • 2017 – Jessica Shaw, MS – The Double Generalized Linear Model and Nonparametric Alternatives for the Detection of Variability Quantitative Trait Loci
  • 2017 – Derek Smith, MS – Beryllium Lymphocyte Proliferation Test (B‐LPT) Uninterpretables: An Assessment of Over‐Growth and Poor‐Growth Test Results
  • 2017 – Jessica Thurston, MS – Simultaneous Modeling of Glucose and Glycerol Rates of Appearance and Advantages of Mixed Effects Modeling in Assessing Multitissue Sensitivity in Patients With and Without Type I Diabetes
  • 2017 – Brian Vestal, PhD – A Computationally Efficient Spatial Point Process Framework for Characterizing Lung Computed Tomography Scans
  • 2017 – Kayla Williamson, MS - Extension of the Tucker method for use with various distance matrices with application to microbiome data
  • 2016 – Rachel Blumhagen, MS – Exploring the Landscape of Allele‐Specific Expression in Nasal Epithelium of Asthmatic Patients and Simulating Allele‐Specific Read Counts Accounting for Correlation
  • 2016 – Carolyn Clayton, MS – The Selection and Implementation of Non‐Linear Mixed Models in Pharmacokinetic Research: A NONMEM/PDX‐POP Tutorial for Statisticians
  • 2016 – Andy Hammes, MS - A comparison of semi-parametric approaches to model nonlinear outcome trajectories in the presence of non-ignorable dropout
  • 2016 – Kylie Harrall, MS - Using microarray and RMA-seq data to identify novel rat liver RNA co-expression networks that underlie physiological and behavioral QTL
  • 2016 – Huayu Liu, PhD – Modeling Association Using Cox Process Model on Latent Event Process Governing Time Series of Hormone Concentration Data
  • 2016 – Mary Morrow, MS - Analysis of 2-visit COPDgene data with consideration of missing data
  • 2016 – Colin O’Donnell, PhD – Separating Between and Within Cluster Effects for Hierarchical Time Varying Covariates in Time‐To‐Event Analyses
  • 2016 – Lindsey Whitfield, MS – Longitudinal Joint Model of Premature Infant Respiratory Medication Use and Number of Hospitalizations over First Two Years of Life
  • 2016 – Li Zhang, MS – Comparison of Count Models for Clustered Data Aggregated At Different Levels
  • 2016 – Yonghua Zhuang, MS – Development of a Tissue Augmented Bayesian Model for Expression Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis
  • 2015 – Elise Gunzburger, MS - The application of joint longitudinal-survival models to bivariate decision making in clinical trials
  • 2015 – Jeffrey Lambert, MS – Design and Implementation of Group Sequential Trials for Censoring‐Robust Hazard Ratio Estimators
  • 2015 – Mikaela Miller, MS - Profiling the kinetics of gene expression induced by cigarette smoke exposure in the mouse lung with RNA-seq
  • 2015 – Camille Moore, PhD – Bayesian Semi‐Parametric Methods for Non‐Ignorable Dropout
  • 2014 – Claire Palmer, MS - Comparison of regression methods for immunological count data
  • 2012 – Evan Carey, MS - Urban/Rural designation, distance to cardiac catheterization centers, and elective angiography in the VA Health Care System
  • 2012 – Christina Clarke, MS - Natural history of left ventricular ejection fraction in heart failure patients
  • ​2012 – Wendy Dye, MS - Checking concordance of two microarray experiments to investigate potential differences between progesterone and medroxyprogesterone acetate in breast cancer cells
  • ​​2012 – Ed Hess, MS - Implementation of a nonparametric mixed effect model for the analysis of a longitudinal study of lung function
  • 2012 – Laura Pyle, PhD - Inference for incompletely observed longitudinal endpoints in clinical trials with application to trial monitoring
  • 2012 – Doron Shmueli, MS - A new statistical approach to modeling seizure clusters – An application of the Cox cluster process on pilocarpine rat model of epilepsy
  • 2012 – Jake Thomas, MS - Optimizing line intercept sampling and estimation for feral swine damage levels in ecologically sensitive wetland plant communities
  • 2012 – Carolyn Jagunich Valdez, MS - An evaluation of hierarchical Bayesian models for detecting gene-environment interactions
  • 2012 – Kui Yang, MS - Comparison of repeated measures models for overdispersed count data, with application to measures of patient care
  • 2010 – Jason Mitchell, MS - An investigation into the incidence of community-based 180-day rehospitalization in the Medicare fee-for-service program
  • 2010 – Betsy Siewert, PhD - Prediction of transcription factor binding sites using information from multiple species
  • 2009 – John Brinton, MS - The use of mixed models in the analysis of step count data
  • 2009 – Lihong Diao, MS - National patterns and predictors of Thiazolidinedione use from 1999-2004 in elderly with Type 2 diabetes
  • 2009 – Bill Feser, MS - Calculating average power for the Benjamini-Hochberg procedure
  • 2009 – Mara Kelly, MS - Nonlinear associations of BMI over time following CABG surgery at the VA. Working with Cardiology department, taking MCAT to apply for med school. MS student rep 06-07.
  • 2009 – Miranda Kroehl, MS - A Comparison of Methods to Test Intermediate Endpoint Effects in Logistic Regression
  • 2009 – Brandy Ringham, MS - Estimates of observed sensitivity and specificity can be biased when reporting the results of the second test in a screening trial conducted in series
  • 2009 – Lori Silviera, MS - A comparison of single-SNP and haplotype analyses for genome-wide association studies
  • 2009 – Lynn Schooley-Johnson, MS - Cardiac procedures following acute myocardial infarction: sequence, timing and mortality
  • 2009 – Weiming Zhang, PhD - Testing gene-environment interactions in family-based association studies using non-randomly ascertained samples
  • 2009 – Yu Zhang, MS - An examination of Type I error rates for bias-corrected variance estimators of GEE with correlated count data
  • 2008 – Desiree Bailey Froshaug, MS - Effects of unhealthy behavior on unhealthy days
  • 2008 – Patrick Hosokawa, MS - Data imputation of lab values: Which method works best?
  • 2008 – Xian Lu, MS - Marginal structural models to estimate the causal effect of environmental tobacco smoke exposure on asthma rescue medication use in asthmatic children
  • ​2008 – Lauren Heilig Pointer, MS - Adjusting for Nonignorable Dropout in a Multicenter Observational Study of Primary HIV Infection: A Longitudinal Comparison of Untreated CD4+ T Cell Count and HIV-1 RNA in Subjects who Initiate and Later Discontinue HAART vs. Subjects who Decline Treatment
  • 2007 – Stephanie Bruce, PhD - Models for Serially Correlated, Over or Underdispersed, Unequally Spaced Longitudinal Count Data with Applications to Asthma Inhaler Use
  • 2007 – Dexiang Gao, PhD - Analysis of clustered longitudinal count data
  • 2007 – Preeti Gupta, MS - Likelihood-based methods for modeling and testing the within-patient correlation pattern of West Nile Virus-associated acute flaccid paralysis patients
  • 2007 – Sonya Heltshe, PhD - Quantification of length-bias in cancer screening with covariate-dependent test sensitivity
  • 2007 – Andrea Masias, MS - Using Newcombe’s Confidence Interval Provides a Better Comparison of Digital versus Film Mammography for the Detection of Breast Cancer, Masias AR, Glueck DH, submitted to Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Science, 05/2007
  • 2007 – Jianfeng Meng, MS - Linear models for analysis of multiple SNPs with quantitative traits
  • ​2007 – Colin O’Donnell, MS - A Mendelian model for miscarriage
  • 2007 – Laura Saba, PhD - Latent pattern-mixture models for binary outcomes
  • 2007 – Brandie Wagner, PhD - Permutation based microarray gene selection methods with covariance adjustment applicable to complex diseases
  • 2007 – Chan Zeng, PhD - Multivariate General Linear Model under permutation theory with applications to gene expression data
  •  2006 – Fran Dong, MS - Power for repeated measures factorial designs, Dong F, Grunwald GK, Glueck DH.
  • 2006 – Jeri Forster-Harwood, PhD - Varying-coefficient models for longitudinal data: Piecewise-continuous, flexible, mixed-effects models and methods for analyzing data with nonignorable dropout
  • 2006 – Tony Moscoso, MS - Estimating the impact of a congestive heart failure disease management program on prescription drug use: A state Medicaid program. Moscoso AC, Strand MJ, Berg GD, Grunwald GK. Disease Management and Health Outcomes (2007), 15:33-40.
  • 2006 – Bruce Swihart, MS - Quantitative characterization of sleep using multi-state and log-linear models. Swihart B, Caffo B, Bandeen-Roche K, Punjabi NM. Submitted to American Journal of Epidemiology.
  • 2006 – Brandie Wagner, MS - Relationship of Body Mass Index with outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Wagner BD, Grunwald GK, Rumsfeld JS, Hill JO, Ho M, Wyatt HR, Shroyer ALW. (2007) Annals of Thoracic Surgery 84:10-16.
  • 2006 – Xiang Yin, MS - Monitoring clinical trials with multiple dose groups

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