resume | academic CV

I use data as a tool to help me and my collaborators understand the world. Because numbers mean nothing without communication and context, I’m always trying to improve not only my statistical and programming skills, but how I collaborate with others on developing research ideas and communicating results. I love building community and working with people and data that facilitate understanding and progress.

I use R for data wrangling, statistical analysis, visualization, and reproducible reporting. You can find lots of my code on Github, including two R packages: ClusterBootMultinom and JTHelpers.


Since 2005, I’ve been a biostatistician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, primarily working with the Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS Center). We study topics which affect critically ill patients and their caregivers, from mechanistic causes of brain dysfunction to long-term quality of life in ICU survivors. Statistically, we deal with missing data, selection and survivorship bias, competing risks and repeated measurements; our projects range from small pilot studies to being the coordinating center for nationwide multicenter trials.

Other fun things I’m involved in include:

R-Ladies is a worldwide organization to promote gender diversity in the R community. I coordinate abstract reviews for the global leadership team and co-founded the Nashville chapter of R-Ladies with Lucy D’Agostino McGowan. We coordinate meetups and curriculum and foster a sense of supportive community.

The Collaborative is a nationwide quality improvement project which aims to optimize outcomes for critically ill patients. I provided regular progress reports to inform and motivate sites during data collection, and am working with clinical PIs to examine the association of Bundle performance with relevant clinical outcomes.

Photo Credits

Jen McDonald took my headshots. All other photos are by me. (This one was taken on Drottninggatan in Stockholm, summer 2016.)