Research & Publications
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
- ScDHarvard School of Public Health, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (1989)
- Measurement Errors in Cancer EpidemiologyJerusalem, 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 EpidemiologyAmsterdam, 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
|Highly Cited Researchers||Clarivate Web of Science||2020|
|Highly Cited Researchers||Clarivate Web of Science||2019|
|Highly Cited Researchers||Clarivate Web of Science||2018|
|Distinguished Service Award||Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health||2018|
|Mentoring Award, The Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty||Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health||2018|
|Reviewer of the Year, American Journal of Public Health’s Editor’s Choice Award||American Journal of Public Health||2017|
|President’s Award for 25 Years of Service||Harvard University||2016|
|Fellow||American Statistical Association||2001|
|Teaching Citation||Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health||1996|
|Dean's Committee on Endowed Chairs||Member||2020 - Present|
|Public Health Working Group, Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQIA+ Affairs||Co-Chair||2020 - Present|
|Global Oncology Program, Yale Cancer Center||Co-Director||2019 - Present|
|Search Committee, Assistant/Associate Professor for Department of Health and Social Behavior||Member||2018 - 2019|
|Search Committee, CMIPS Biostatistics Junior Faculty||Chair||2018|
|Implementation Science Steering Committee, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)||Member||2018 - Present|
|Global Health Concentration Committee||Member||2018 - Present|
|Search Committee, Assistant/Associate Professor for Department of Health Policy and Management||Member||2018 - Present|
|Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Research Group, Yale Cancer Center||Member||2018 - Present|
|Center for Methods on Implementation and Prevention Science, YSPH||inaugural directorship, and director of ImpSci PhD and MS pathways, BIS||2018 - Present|
|Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)||Director||2018 - Present|
|Yale Center for Implementation Science||Member||2018 - Present|