Denise Ann Esserman

Associate Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics)

Research Interests

Applied; Survey Sampling; Longitudinal Data; Clustered Clinical Trials; Adherence Data


Research Summary

My research has mainly been collaborative, such that any methods work that I have done has developed from these relationships. For example, in working with a scholar on her K23 award, we realized there were no sample size formulas for randomized control trials with educational interventions in which one arm is randomized to a group setting while the other is left in clusters of size 1 , and thus developed and published this methodology. I am currently interested in methods related to clustered randomized trials, and the impact of the ICC and other factors on calculating sample size. I enjoy working on problems with a very applied focus.


Selected Publications

  • McLaughlin JE, Roth MT, Glatt DM, Gharkholonareh N, Davidson CA, Griffin LM, Esserman DA, Mumper RJ. The Flipped Classroom: A course redesign to foster learning and engagement in a health professions school. Academic Medicine. [Epub ahead of print] (2013). PMID: 24270916
  • Lewis CL, Esserman D, DeLeon C, Pignone MP, Pathman DE, Golin C. Physician decision making for colorectal cancer screening in the elderly: A national survey of primary care physicians. JGIM. 28(9): 1202-1207. (2013). PMID: 23539281.
  • Esserman D, Zhao Y, Tang Y, Cai J. Sample size estimation in educational intervention trials with subgroup heterogeneity in only arm. Statistics in Medicine. May 30; 32(12): 2140-54. (2013). PMID: 23172724.
  • Platts-Mills TF, Esserman DA, Brown DL, Bortsov AV, Sloane PD, McLean SA. Older US emergency department patients are less likely to receive pain medication than younger patients: results from a national survey. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 60(2): 199-206 (2011). PMID: 22032803. PMCID: PMC3338876
  • Desai M, Esserman DA, Gammon MD, Terry MB. The use of complete-case and multiple imputation-based analyses in molecular epidemiology studies that assess interaction effects. Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations. 8(1):5 (2011). PMID: 21978450. PMCID: PMC3217865.
  • Terry MB, Wei Y, Esserman D. Maternal, birth, and early life influences on adult body size in women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 166, 5-13 (2007). PMID: 17470452.

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