Statistical Resources

Falk Faculty listed below have agreed to share their statistical expertise. These faculty are available for interdisciplinary statistical collaboration and/or consultation for grant applications and research projects. Appointments may be made by contacting these faculty directly.

General questions can be addressed in the Research Center by Amy Dumas at adumas@syr.edu.

 

Bryce Hruska

Bryce Hruska, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
435C White Hall | 315-443-2048 | bjhruska@syr.edu

Professor Hruska’s research focuses on better understanding how psychological stress “gets under the skin” to impact physical health. Since coming to Falk College, his work has primarily consisted of overseeing the operations of two research projects: “Environmental Toxicants, Race, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children” and “The Psychosocial and Physiological Consequences of Taking and Not Taking Time Off from Work.”

He has most recently published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, as well as Environmental Research, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and Social Science and Medicine, among others. He has published book chapters in the Handbook of Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine and in Trauma and Substance Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Comorbid Disorders, Second Edition.

Hruska earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology, with concentrations in health psychology and quantitative methods, both from Kent State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Akron.

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Areas of Specialization

Traumatic events, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress and health, occupational stress, recovery experiences, quantitative methods.

Statistical Expertise

Regression-based techniques; multi-level modeling (linear and generalized linear mixed models); mediation and moderation; daily data collection designs; Stata, SPSS, R software packages.
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Brittany Kmush

Brittany Kmush, Ph.D.,

Assistant Professor
430D Barclay | 315-443-1541 | blkmush@syr.edu

Brittany Kmush received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation was entitled, “Risk factors for antibody loss after Hepatitis E virus natural infection and vaccination.” She earned a master of science in infectious disease epidemiology from the Bloomberg School at Johns Hopkins University and holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of Rochester where she graduated cum laude. Her areas of specialization include epidemiology, global health, infectious diseases, vaccines, nutrition, immunology and environmental exposures particularly within the context of risks for infectious diseases, and Hepatitis E virus.

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Areas of Specialization

Epidemiology, global health, infectious diseases, vaccines, nutrition, immunology and environmental exposures particularly within the context of risks for infectious diseases, and Hepatitis E virus.

Statistical Expertise

Generalized linear models (linear regression, logistic regression, Poisson regression), model development, multi-level modeling, STATA, Excel.
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David Larsen

David Larsen, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor, Graduate Director
430C Barclay | 315.443.4059 | dalarsen@syr.edu

David Larsen holds a Ph.D. and MPH from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical medicine. He is an environmental epidemiologist with expertise in large data analysis, multi-level modeling, spatial statistics, geographic information systems, and study design. His content expertise lies broadly in global health, with specific expertise in mosquito borne illnesses, mhealth, and sanitation.

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Areas of Specialization

Global health, Child survival, Infectious disease epidemiology and malaria

Statistical Expertise

Large data analysis, multi-level modeling, spatial statistics, geographic information systems, and study design
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Bhavneet Walia Portrait

Bhavneet Walia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
430B Barclay | 315.443.3930 | bwalia@syr.edu

Bhavneet Walia joins Syracuse University from Western Illinois University where she was an associate professor of decision sciences and director of the Business Analytics post-baccalaureate certificate program. Her research and scholarship includes numerous journal articles 14 journal articles and several grant awards in the areas of health policy, early childhood development, environmental health, and labor market policy. Prior to joining academics, Dr. Walia worked as a health policy researcher for two years at Kansas Health Institute.

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Areas of Specialization

Health care markets and policy, early childhood development, environmental health, labor market policy.

Statistical Expertise

Applied statistical programming and methodology, health statistics, biostatistics, health information systems, labor statistics, analysis of National Longitudinal Surveys and other social and behavioral statistical analyses (broadly defined)
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