Denise Esserman

Biostatistics: the pixie dust that makes research magic

Denise Esserman is a Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at UNC at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and at the Department of Medicine. She received her PhD in Biostatistics from Columbia University. She also earned an MS in Statistics from the University of Georgia and she majored in Chemistry and Math at the University of Virginia. She has taught undergraduates and graduate students, as well as fellow researchers. In her research, she has worked extensively with biostatisticians, epidemiologists, and clinical scholars applying statistical methods in many disciplines. Topics she has helped study include depression, high blood pressure, autism, psychosocial stress, race, age, and in vitro fertilization. Her focus for her dissertation was statistical models called frailty models as they relate to quality of life and cancer. She came on PsychTalk to talk a bit about her life, her research and her teaching, and along the way we touched on some profound concepts in statistics.