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Faculty and Staff of the Biostatistics Program

Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD

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Director, ACCORDS Biostatistics and Analytics Core

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Juarez-Colunga is an assistant professor in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her BS in Applied Mathematics and MSc in Statistics in Mexico, and her doctoral degree in Statistics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Elizabeth’s areas of expertise and interest include: (i) analysis of data with dependencies at different levels including longitudinal and clustered data, which builds upon generalized linear and nonlinear mixed models, (ii) analysis of repeated events data such as pulmonary exacerbations, which evolve as extension of survival analysis methods, (iii) joint modeling of multiple outcomes, and (iv) analysis of observational data. She has been involved in the design and analysis of several health outcomes research studies, including for instance, the The Scalable Architecture for Federated Translational Inquiries Network (SAFTINet) project, a pragmatic trial to assist weight loss in a low-income population, and several observational studies in surgical outcomes. 

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L. Miriam Dickinson, PhD

Senior Biostatistician​

Dr. Miriam Dickinson is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics at University of Colorado Denver. She received her BA and PhD (biostatistics) from Tulane University, MS in biometrics from University of Arkansas for Medical Science, and completed an NIMH-sponsored fellowship in mental health services research. Miriam’s expertise and interests include: (i) design and analysis of cluster randomized pragmatic trials, (ii) multilevel and longitudinal modeling, (iii) design and analytic methods for practice-based and community trials, including covariate constrained randomization methods.

Diane Fairclough, DrPH

Senior Biostatistician

Dr. Diane Fairclough is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. Diane received her doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina and has held appointments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, AMC Cancer Research Center and the University of Colorado Denver. She is a past President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fairclough's primary research interest is Quality of Life, outcomes in palliative/hospice care, and psychosocial sequelae of cancer and its therapy in pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Fairclough’s statistical research interests include the design and analysis of longitudinal studies with non-random missing data due to disease morbidity or mortality. She is the author of Design and Analysis of Quality of Life Studies in Clinical Trials, 2nd edition (2010). 

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John Rice, PhD
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Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics


Dr. John Rice is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health. He received his MSPH in Biostatistics from Emory University in 2010, and his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 2015, where his dissertation focused on statistical methods for cancer research. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester in 2017, where he worked in the areas of HIV testing behavior and cardiovascular outcomes, prior to joining the faculty at UC Denver. His research interests include longitudinal data analysis, recurrent events, and semiparametric regression methods for binary and semicontinuous outcomes data.

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Brenda Beaty, MSPH

Data Analyst

Leader, ACCORDS Analytica​l Core​

Ms. Beaty manages the efforts of the ACCORDS analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has been a SAS Certified Base Programmer since 2003 and has been involved with SAS Users Groups at the local, regional and national levels. She works with projects involving both pediatric and adult health outcomes.  

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​The Team

Our team also includes 12 data analysts who are MS and PhD trained data analysts.  They have experience with many different biostatistical methods and data sources.