I am an Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics at New Mexico State University (NMSU). My primary research interests are in breast cancer risk prediction, misclassification of mammographic breast density, modeling of mammographic breast density, and maternal and child health. I have considerable experience in applied collaborative research, including in the analysis of large, multi-site data sets.
For nine years, I have worked with the Statistical Coordinating Center (SCC) of the National Cancer Institute-funded Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC). The BCSC is a network of seven mammography registries across the United States (U.S.), established in 1994 to deepen the understanding of breast cancer and the practice of breast cancer screening in the U.S. The BCSC database includes data on more than 9.5 million mammograms for more than 2.3 million women. I began working with the SCC of the BCSC in 2007, while studying biostatistics at the University of Washington. Since completing my doctoral degree in 2011, I have continued to work with the BCSC, as a contractor on the Program Project “Risk-Based Breast Cancer Screening in Community Settings.” I have been the lead author or primary analyst on seven published papers that used BCSC data.
Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I worked for four years as a statistician for RTI International in Rockville, Maryland, where I supported the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-DC Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality in Minority Populations. The NIH-DC Initiative developed, tested, and evaluated community-based interventions aimed at reducing infant mortality in the Washington D.C. area. I was involved in data collection, monitoring, and analysis for the local, multi-site initiative. While at RTI, I also provided statistical support to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Neonatal Research Network, which conducts multi-center clinical trials and observational studies in neonatal medicine. My work with the NIH-DC Initiative and the NICHD Neonatal Research Network resulted in three peer-reviewed publications.