Makram Talih

Research - Integrated Members (PhD)

Department: Epidemiology
Research Group: Non Communicable Diseases Epidemiology


I've been an integrated member of the Epidemiology Department at ISPUP since November 2018, where I serve as principal research statistician on a funded project investigating the pediatric roots of amplified pain (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029087).

I hold a Ph.D. in Statistics (2003) from Yale University. From 2003 to 2012, I was Assistant Professor and subsequently Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Hunter College of the City University of New York. From 2011 through May 2018, I was affiliated with the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), where I developed statistical methods for measuring and tracking health-related inequalities, and ultimately served as Associate Director for Science (ADS) for the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology (OAE). As the OAE ADS, I was responsible for the initiation, monitoring, and oversight of OAE and NCHS research projects.

Presently, in addition to my research at ISPUP, I work as a freelance statistical consultant and continue to serve NCHS on selected projects. I also enjoy teaching statistics classes within the online ("World Campus") masters program in applied statistics at Penn State University. 


Research Interests

Bayesian computation | Multivariate data analysis | Population health measures | Methodological issues in health disparities research


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