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L. Miriam Dickinson, PhD

Professor, Senior Biostatistician




Mail Stop F496, Academic Office 1

12631 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


303-724-9711 Office



After completing a liberal arts degree with majors in music and German at Tulane University, I had the wonderful opportunity to work for Dr. Joycelyn Elders in a research lab in Pediatrics Endocrinology at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. While learning how to do bioassays, radioimmunoassays, and a variety of other research lab tasks, I completed my Master of Science in Biometry. Following that, I worked as a consulting biostatistician and statistics instructor at University of South Alabama, eventually returning to Tulane School of Public Health to pursue a doctorate in biostatistics.  I came to the Department of Family Medicine at University of Colorado as an Assistant Professor in 1999. As a researcher, I consider myself to be a generalist. In addition to my training as a biostatistician, I completed the American Academy of Family Physicians Grant Generating (GGP) fellowship and the NIMH Mentoring and Education Fellowship in mental health services research. Both provided intensive grant-writing education and experience. This has been invaluable to me as a primary care researcher. I usually function as a co-writer for proposals and papers, particularly the analytic methods section, but can also carry out independent investigations and assist others in areas not limited to statistical methods.


My clinical research interests include mental health, chronic disease (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension), and immunization and I have numerous collaborations with investigators in these areas. As a biostatistician, I have focused on methodologic areas that are important to practice-based and community-based research.  These efforts represent the important translational link from limited generalizability but critically important efficacy trials to real-world effectiveness trials in community and practice settings. However, many of these studies present difficult methodological challenges, such as practice-level randomization and longitudinal data with dropout. I was able to further pursue my interests in examining contextual effects on patient outcomes as Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded study of multilevel modeling for depression process of care.


I am currently a biostatistician and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Colorado Health Outcomes Center (COHO), Childrens’ Outcomes Center (COR), Colorado Depression Center, and adjunct professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at University of Colorado Denver. Additionally, I play viola in the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

  • American Statistical Association
  • North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

1.    Hurley LP,  Dickinson LM, Estacio RO, Steiner JF, Havranek EP. Prediction of cardiovascular death in racial/ethnic minorities using Framingham risk factors. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, Mar 2010; 3: 181 - 187.

2.    Hanratty R, Chonchol M, Dickinson LM, Beaty BL, Estacio RO, MacKenzie TD, Hurley LP, Linas SL, Steiner JF, Havranek EP.  Incident chronic kidney disease and the rate of kidney function decline in individuals with hypertension.  Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 2009;doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfp534.

3.    Chessick CA, Perlick DA, Miklowitz DJ, Dickinson LM, Allen MH, Morris CD, Gonzales JM, Marangell LB, Cosgrove V, Ostacher M; STEP-BP Family Experience Collaborative Study Group. Bipolar Disorders. 2009 Dec;11:986-84.

4.    Zittleman L, Emsermann C, Dickinson M, Norman N, Winkelman K, Linn G, Westfall JM. Increasing colon cancer testing in rural Colorado: evaluation of the exposure to a community-based awareness campaign. BMC Public Health 2009, 9:288-297.

5.    Hurley L, Kempe A, Crane LA, Davidson A, Pratte K, Stuart L, Dickinson LM, Berl T. Care of undocumented individuals with ESRD: a national survey of US nephrologists. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 53:940-9 (June 2009).

6.    Daley MF, Hennessey KA, Weinbaum CM, Stokley S, Hurley LP, Crane LA, Beaty BL, Barrow JC, Babbel CI, Dickinson LM, Kempe A. Physician practices regarding adult hepatitis B vaccination: a national survey. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 36:491-6 (June 2009)

7.    Dickinson LM, Dickinson WP, Rost K, deGruy F, Emsermann C, Froshaug D, Nutting PA, Meredith L. Clinician burden and intensity of depression treatment: Using multilevel modeling to disentangle patient and clinician-level effects of medical comorbidity. Journal of General Internal Medicine. In Press (November 2008)

8.    Fernald DH, Froshaug, DB, Dickinson LM, Balasubramanian BA, Dodoo MS, Holtrop JS, Hung DY, Glasgow RE, Niebauer LJ, Green LA. Common measures, better outcomes (COMBO): A field test of brief health behavior measures in primary care. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008. 35(5):S414-S422.

9.    Balasubramanian BA, Cohen DJ, Clark EC, Isaacson NF, Hung DY, Dickinson LM, Fernald DH, Green LA, Crabtree BF. Practice-level approaches for behavioral counseling and patient health behaviors. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008. 35(5):S407-S413.

10.  Havranek EP, Froshaug DB, Emsermann CDB, Hanratty R, Krantz MJ, Masoudi FA, Dickinson LM, Steiner JF. Left ventricular hypertrophy and cardiovascular mortality by race and ethnicity. The American Journal of Medicine. 2008. 121:870-875.

11.  Miklowitz DJ. Axelson DA. Birmaher B. George EL. Taylor DO. Schneck CD. Beresford CA. Dickinson LM. Craighead WE. Brent DA. Family-focused treatment for adolescents with bipolar disorder: results of a 2-year randomized trial. [Journal Article. Randomized Controlled Trial. Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't] Archives of General Psychiatry. 65(9):1053-61, 2008 Sep.

12.  Froshaug DB, Dickinson LM (Thesis director for this project, MS in Biostatistics), Fernald DH, Green LA. Personal health behaviors are associated with physical and mental unhealthy days: A Prescription for Health practice-based research networks study. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2009. 22:368-374.

13.  Crane LZ, Daley MF, Barrow J, Babbel C, Beaty BL, Steiner JF, Kempe A, Dickinson LM, Stokley S. Sentinel physician networks as a technique for rapid immunization policy surveys. Eval Health Prof, 2008. 31:43-64.

14.  Kempe A, Daley MF, Stokley S, Crane LZ, Beaty BL, Barrow J, Babbel C, Dickinson LM, Steiner JF, Berman S. Impact of a severe influenza vaccine shortage on primary care practice. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2007. 33:486-91.

15.  Dickinson, LM, Basu, A. (2005) Multilevel modeling and practice-based research. Annals of Family Medicine. 3: S52-S60.

16.  Dickinson LM, Rost K, Nutting PA, Elliott CE, Keeley RD, Pincus H. (2005) RCT of a Care manager intervention for major depression in primary care: 2-year costs for patients with physical versus psychological symptoms. Annals of Family Medicine. 3:15-22.

17.  Rost, K.M., Smith, J.L., and Dickinson, LM. (2004). The effect of improving primary care depression management on employee productivity and absenteeism: A randomized trial. Medical Care, 42(12): 1202-1210.

18.  Dickinson, WP, Dickinson, LM, deGruy, FV, Main, DS, Candib, L, and Rost, KM (2003).  A randomized clinical trial of a care recommendation letter intervention for somatization in primary care.  Annals of Family Medicine. 1:228-235.

19.  Nutting, PA, Rost, K, Dickinson, LM, Werner, JJ, Dickinson, P, Smith, JL, Gallovic, B.  Barriers to initiating depression treatment in primary care practice.  Journal of General Internal Medicine 2002;17:103-111.

20.  Rost, K, Nutting, P, Smith, JL, Elliott, CE, Dickinson, M.  Managing depression as a chronic disease: A randomized trial of ongoing primary care depression treatment.  British Medical Journal 2002; 325:934-939.