Melody S. Goodman, PhD, received her BS summa cum laude in applied mathematics–statistics and economics (double major) from Stony Brook University. She received her MS in biostatistics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her PhD from the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University, with minors in theoretical statistics and the social determinants of health disparities. She is currently an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the College of Global Public Health at New York University. The National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Long Island Community Foundation, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have funded her work. She has over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books (2018 Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group) Public Health Research Methods for Partnerships and Practice and Biostatistics for Clinical and Public Health Research.
Dr. Goodman is an expert methodologist with a large statistical toolbox that includes knowledge of a broad array of analysis techniques. Her research interest is on identifying origins of health disparities and developing evidence-based primary prevention strategies to reduce these health disparities. In her work, she seeks to develop a more rigorous understanding of the social and neighborhood risk factors that contribute to health disparities in urban areas with the goal of developing culturally appropriate, region-specific solutions through collaborative activities with community members and community health stakeholders with an emphasis on measurement and evaluation.
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