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Ada Ownes Youk, PhD

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CHERP COIN Investigator

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Biostatistics

Program Director BSPH; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Public Health.


Ada youk, PhD, is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of the BSPH program, Associate Professor in Biostatistics and Vice Chair of Education in Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health. She is also Senior Biostatistician in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) Biostatistics and Informatics Core at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. In her roles as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, and Lead Biostatistician, she has primary responsibility for statistical integrity, including conceptualization, design, and grant development, recruitment/data collection, monitoring, analysis, reporting, and manuscript preparation. Her primary area of statistical expertise is regression modeling with extensive experience analyzing big data from large administrative data systems as well as prospective clinical trials and epidemiological studies involving time to event modeling and mixed effects modeling. She has maintained successful research collaborations most recently with VA investigators. In her roles as Educator and Mentor, I teach courses in introductory biostatistics, applied regression analysis, scientific communication skills, mathematical methods for statistics, and mixed models as well as direct the MS Capstone in Biostatistics. She has mentored over 100 students, fellows and early career faculty and 36% of my peer-reviewed publications are with mentees.

Research Areas
Regression Modelling
Health Equity
Statistical Education