I am delighted to be the director of the Center for Health Statistics (CHS) at The University of Chicago (U of C). As you can see from this site, we have a richness of statistical talent that is rarely found in a single department, let alone a Center.
I completed my training at The University of Chicago in 1981 where I had the great fortune to work with Darrell Bock, David Wallace, Jim Coleman, and Jim Heckman. In many ways, the precursor to this Center was founded by my rich collaboration over the years with friend and colleague Don Hedeker, the products of which include the many advanced computer programs for linear and non-linear mixed-effects regression models which we have distributed freely over the Internet for many years. Over the years, my interests have included non-linear mixed-effects models, item response theory, environmental statistics, and statistical issues in drug safety. The CHS has received continuous funding from the NIH since its inception.
I am currently the Blum-Riese Professor and Pritzker Scholar at the University of Chicago. I am a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a member of the International Statistical Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. I have received life-time achievement awards from the American Statistical Association, the American Public Health Association and Harvard University. Fellow CHS member Naihua Duan and I founded the Mental Health Statistics section of the American Statistical Association.