Research

CV

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Dissertation

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.

Committee:

  • Ronald Gangnon, PhD (chair)
    • Department of Population Health Sciences, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jun Zhu, PhD
    • Department of Statistics - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Amy Cochran, PhD
    • Department of Population Health Sciences, Department of Mathematics - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kristin Malecki, PhD
    • Department of Population Health Sciences, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Amy Trentham-Dietz, PhD
    • Department of Population Health Sciences, UW Carbone Cancer Center - University of Wisconsin-Madison