health research methods (biostatistics, observational studies, longitudinal analysis, multi state models)
1) As an applied statistician I have an interest in presenting statistical methods commonly employed in observational studies. My aims are to emphasize not only the statistical techniques available but just as, if not more crucial, is the interpretation of the results and the conclusions that they lead to.
2) Working with Administrative datasets: An area of interest is using administrative data to examine changes in health care outcomes due to various interventions. These steps include validation of appropriate coding and algorithms, ensuring a proper cohort is constructed and choosing the most appropriate statistical analysis.
3) TARGet Kids Registry: This large observational cohort focuses on a variety of health determinants in early childhood. As a statistician methodologist for the study we have contributed to shedding light on many important questions in this age group from the optimal amount of milk consumption to risk factors associated with childhood obesity. These results, published in international journals, will hopefully lead to the implementation of better guidelines for children’s health.