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Donna Spiegelman, ScD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics; Director, Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS); Director, Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Assistant Cancer Center Director, Global Oncology, Yale Cancer Center

Appointments

Biography

Donna Spiegelman was appointed the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health in 2018. As one of the few people in the world with a joint doctorate in biostatistics and epidemiology, she can freely speak the languages of both disciplines and switch between these two professional cultures, playing the role of interlocutor for either. Her research is motivated by problems which arise in epidemiology and require biostatistical settlement. In particular, but by no means exclusively, she has focused on methods for study design and data analysis which reduce bias in estimation and inference due to measurement error or misclassification in the exposure variable. A particular current interest is risk-based monitoring of multi-center investigations to enhance quality and prevent fraud.

She has extensive experience in troubleshooting and solving methodological issues that arise in longitudinal investigations, in clinical trials, and in large scale public health effectiveness evaluations.

Dr. Spiegelman, formerly at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, had a dynamic role as a professor, mentor, and an expert statistician. She was the recipient of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award and recently the recipient of the CAWF (Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty) Mentoring Award.


Education & Training

  • ScD
    Harvard School of Public Health, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (1989)

Activities

  • Measurement Errors in Cancer Epidemiology
    Jerusalem, Israel (2010-2011)
    As cancer epidemiology studies incorporate sophisticated new techniques for exposure measurement, sound statistical approaches to risk estimation and modeling will become increasingly important. The long-term objective of this research is to improve the understanding of cancer etiology and prevention through the investigation and application of statistical methods for measurement error corrections.
  • Measurement Errors in Environmental Epidemiology
    Amsterdam, Netherlands; Jerusalem, Israel (2009-2013)
    Exposure measurement error is a likely source of bias in nearly all environmental and epidemiological studies, typically leading to under-estimation of relative risks and loss of statistical power to detect effects. In the previous cycle of this project, the regression calibration method for adjustment for measurement error in multivariate regression models was extended, including Cox models and logistic models, to accommodate the study designs and data structures encountered in the environmental epidemiology. The study will focus on issues of air pollution epidemiology- in particular the chronic effects of particulate exposure to all NO2 on all-cause mortality, cardio-vascular mortality, and lung cancer mortality.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Highly Cited ResearchersClarivate Web of Science2020
Highly Cited ResearchersClarivate Web of Science2019
Highly Cited ResearchersClarivate Web of Science2018
Distinguished Service AwardDepartment of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health2018
Mentoring Award, The Committee on the Advancement of Women FacultyHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health2018
Reviewer of the Year, American Journal of Public Health’s Editor’s Choice AwardAmerican Journal of Public Health2017
President’s Award for 25 Years of ServiceHarvard University2016
FellowAmerican Statistical Association2001
Teaching CitationHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health1996

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Dean's Committee on Endowed ChairsMember2020 - Present
Public Health Working Group, Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQIA+ AffairsCo-Chair2020 - Present
Global Oncology Program, Yale Cancer CenterCo-Director2019 - Present
Search Committee, Assistant/Associate Professor for Department of Health and Social BehaviorMember2018 - 2019
Search Committee, CMIPS Biostatistics Junior FacultyChair2018
Implementation Science Steering Committee, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)Member2018 - Present
Global Health Concentration CommitteeMember2018 - Present
Search Committee, Assistant/Associate Professor for Department of Health Policy and ManagementMember2018 - Present
Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Research Group, Yale Cancer CenterMember2018 - Present
Center for Methods on Implementation and Prevention Science, YSPHinaugural directorship, and director of ImpSci PhD and MS pathways, BIS2018 - Present
Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)Director2018 - Present
Yale Center for Implementation ScienceMember2018 - Present

Departments & Organizations