Please find my CV here.
Exploratory maps of disease risk often present the standardized mortality ratio (SMR) for each geographic subregion, or cell (municipality, county, census-tract). Although such maps are useful in exploration, identification of consistent spatial patterns across space and time is challenging due to the resulting noisy maps. In my dissertation, I focus on identifying spatial and spatio-temporal geographic clusters of elevated (or reduced) breast cancer risk in a study region. My first two dissertation aims focus on methods for identifying spatial and spatio-temporal disease clusters. My third aim applies those methods to a unique case-control study of breast cancer in Wisconsin.