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ACCORDS Big Data Workshop

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​​​​​Conference Speakers, Slides and Recordings


Debashis Ghosh, PhD

Chair, Professor​ of Biostatistics

Prior to arriving at CU Anschutz, Ghosh was professor of Statistics and Public Health Sciences at Penn State University where he worked with the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design Group, and he was an affiliate investigator at the Methodology Center and co-director of the Computation, Bioinformatics and Statistics (CBIOS) Training Grant.

Ghosh’s research interests involve two tracks: modeling of genomic data and research methodology in biostatistics. The former has dealt primarily with applications to oncology, and Ghosh was involved with the development of the statistical methods for ONCOMINE, an online data-mining platform used in cancer research and genetics.

He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, commentaries and book chapters in statistical and scientific literature. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and was recently honored with the 2013 Mortimer Spiegelman Award for outstanding early career statistical contributions to public health. Currently, he also serves as chair of the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design (BMRD) Study Section for the National Institutes of Health.

​ Slides and Other Materials

View Presentation Slides: DebashisGosh_bigdataaccords.pdfDebashisGosh_bigdataaccords.pdf
View Presentation Recording: Via Youtube​


Beth McManus, PT, MPH, ScD​


Associate Professor​

As a pediatric physical therapist with doctoral training in Developmental Epidemiology, Dr. McManus’s research focuses on population-based health interventions for young children with developmental delays and disabilities.  She is particularly interested in access to, utilization, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of health and therapeutic services for medically fragile infants.  Dr. McManus employs a variety of quantitative methods, including multi-level statistical modeling, longitudinal analyses and structural equation modeling using large secondary data sets.

​ Slides and Other Materials

View Presentation Slides: BigDataSlides_DandI_McManus.pdfBigDataSlides_DandI_McManus.pdf


Tellen D Bennett, MD​

Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Critical Care Medicine

Tell received his BA from Rice University and his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatrics residency and PICU fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington and his MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Before joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine and COR (now ACCORDS) in 2014, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Hospital for 5 years. His research focuses on critical care therapies and outcomes, with a particular interest in trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and often involves advanced quantitative methods and large national databases. He is currently funded by NICHD to study the effectiveness of intracranial pressure monitoring in children with severe TBI.

​ Slides and Other Materials

​View Presentation Slides: ACCORDSBigDataTBennett-2016Oct.pdfACCORDSBigDataTBennett-2016Oct.pdf
View Presentation Recording: Dr. Bennett's talk    |     Full Panel Discussion

Kathryn Colborn, PhD

Assistant Professor of Research

Katie is an Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She is also a principal investigator with the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science, she holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health, she is a Senior Investigator with the Center for Global Health, and she is the Chair of the Data, Informatics, and Statistics Core of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group. Her expertise is in applications of statistical models to global infectious disease data, especially complex modeling of vector-borne diseases, statistical models for clustered longitudinal data and machine learning methods for prediction of health outcomes. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Colorado, she lived in Mozambique for two years and worked as a contractor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. During that time, she also collaborated with researchers from the University of Barcelona, the Mozambique Ministry of Health and the Manhica Health Research Center on developing strategies for malaria elimination. The primary focus of her PhD dissertation was development of statistical models for longitudinal mixed species malaria infections in Papua New Guineans. She received her PhD in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Science in Public Health in biostatistics from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is passionate about reducing the burden of infectious diseases that plague people living in low resource countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is her goal to make major contributions to the eventual elimination of malaria and HIV.​​​

​ Slides and Other Materials

View Presentation Slides: Colborn_BigDataManagementOct2016.pdfColborn_BigDataManagementOct2016.pdf
View Presentation Recording:  Dr. Colborn's talk  ​  |     Full Panel Discussion


James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Feinstein is a pediatrician and health services researcher who specializes in the outpatient care of children with special healthcare needs. His research interest and expertise is in database research with goals of improving medication safety and the surveillance of adverse outcomes in this fragile group of children. Dr. Feinstein graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2007. He completed his pediatrics internship at Seattle Children’s Hospital and completed his residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Feinstein then completed the Primary Care Research Fellowship and obtained his MPH with a focus in Biostatistics at the University of Colorado in 2012. Now an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Feinstein attends in the Children’s Hospital Colorado Special Care Clinic, and he also provides pediatric support to the Regional Epidermolysis Bullosa Multidisciplinary Team. His current research focuses on pharmacoepidemiology and pharmaceutical safety in children, in particular, the identification of drug-drug interactions in pediatric patients and the detection of subsequent adverse events.​​​

​ Slides and Other Materials


Nichole E. Carlson, PhD

Associate Professor 

Director of the Colorado Biostatistics Consortium (CBC)

Research Interests include . . .

  • Models of Driver-Response and Feedback/Forward Associations in Biologic Data
  • Bayesian Models of Pulsatile Hormone Data
  • Point Process Models applied to Biologic Data
  • Hormone Data and Alzheimer's Disease Research

Courses Taught include . . . 

  • BIOS 6623: Advanced Data Analysis

Current Research:

NIH - Colorado Clinical and Translational Research Institute: Statistical Methods for Endocrine Physiology and Pathophysiology (KL2 Mentored Career Award): The purpose of this career development award is to develop a class of Bayesian statistical models to fit population and bivariate time series of hormone data and for me to develop additional training in endocrine physiology and computer programming.

​ Slides and Other Materials

View Presentation Recording: Big Data Analytics​


L. Miriam Dickinson, PhD

Professor, Senior Biostatistician​

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.​​​

​ Slides and Other Materials

View Presentation Slides: Big Data Challenges_ Opportunities.pdfBig Data Challenges_ Opportunities.pdf
View Presentation Recording: Challenges and Opportunities​


Richard Lindrooth, PhD


Richard C. Lindrooth, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado. He is also a co-Director of the Department's Health Service Research PhD program. He teaches graduate-level Health Care Financial Management and Health Services Research Methods.  

Dr. Lindrooth's research has primarily been focused on three topical areas: The economcs of the hosptial industry, mental health services research, and health policy. His ongoing research is focused on understand the role that management practices play in determining differences in the quality of care and treatment decisions in cardiac care units. He recently started a project funded by the NIH Common Fund focused on understanding the differences in outcomes and cost between a system using global bundled payments and one that uses fee-for-service and primary care capitated payments in Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations. Dr. Lindrooth has been PI on several R01 grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He has also been PI on projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Berlex Laboratories. 

Dr. Lindrooth was awarded the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize in 2007 for his joint research with Dr. Jeffrey McCullough on Medicaid women's health policy. He received his PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont. 

​ Slides and Other Materials

View Presentation Slides: ACCORDS WORKSHOP Lindrooth.pdfACCORDS WORKSHOP Lindrooth.pdf
View Presentation Recording: Dr. Lindrooth's Talk​      


Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD


Dr. Stevens-Lapsley received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Delaware, where she went on to complete a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science with a focus in Applied Physiology. She then completed post-doctoral training at the University of Florida. Her research uses a multifaceted approach to evaluate intervention strategies designed to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation in older adult patient populations. As such, her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research includes the evaluation of care bundling strategies for joint arthroplasty, pragmatic trials in medically complex patient populations, and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. One additional area of research emphasis is the developing and refinement of more intensive and progressive strategies for the rehabilitation of older adult populations. For example, her team has been investigating more intensive approaches to rehabilitation for patients after joint arthroplasty as well as medically deconditioned, frail older adults in numerous healthcare settings (inpatient, skilled nursing, and home health). As such, her team is developing evidence to shift treatment away from generalized low intensity interventions in these settings towards evidence-based higher intensity therapies. 

​ Slides and Other Materials

View Presentation Slides: ACCORDS_big_data_JSL_section.pdfACCORDS_big_data_JSL_section.pdf
View Presentation Recording: Dr. Stevens-Lapsley's talk    |     Full Panel Discussion​​


Andrew Kittelson, DPT​

Andy Kittelson recently finished his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. His work focuses on understanding heterogeneity in knee osteoarthritis, with the goal of tailoring conservative therapies to the factors most relevant to knee pain at the individual level.  His postdoctoral work explores data science and prediction methods to improve clinical decision-making for individuals undergoing total knee arthroplasty surgery. 

​ Slides and Other Materials

View Presentation Slides: Andy_BigDataSlides_Template2016_FINAL.pdfAndy_BigDataSlidesFINAL.pdf
View Presentation Recording: ​Outcomes Collection in Data Rehabilitation​


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Planning Faculty and ACCORDS Education Program Coordinator

Please contact Chase with any questions about this workshop at