Mental Health Statistics
A Proposed ASA Section
Robert Gibbons, Ph.D.
Naihua Duan, Ph.D.
Patrick Shrout, Ph.D.
July 29, 2012
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Outline
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Why a new ASA section?
Overlap and synergy with existing sections
Proposed section objectives
Proposed section officers
History and activities
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Why a New ASA Section?
• Preamble to proposed charter
– http://smhr.org/newsletter/2012/04/29/updated-mhs-charter-for-yourreview/
• Unique interests in Mental Health Statistics
• Psychiatry and psychology
– Medication, therapy, and prevention
• Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM)
– http://www.dsm5.org/research/pages/publications.aspx
– Kraemer, HK, Shrout PE, Rubio-Stipec M. Developing the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual V: what will “statistical” mean in DSM-V? Social
Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2007; 42: 259-267.
• Parity in health care coverage
• Early adopters of new statistical methods
• Interdisciplinary nature of mental health statistics
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Overlap and Synergy with Existing
Sections
• Shared interests with many ASA sections
• No existing section fully captures broad scope of mental
health statistics
• Liaison Officer and Liaison Committee
– Liaison with other ASA sections
– Liaison with other professional organizations
• Facilitate broader participation of statisticians who are
interested in topics relevant to mental health statistics
– Serve as a bridge between statistics and related areas
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Proposed Section Objectives
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http://smhr.org/newsletter/2012/04/29/updatedmhs-charter-for-your-review/, updated 7/29/12
To provide a forum for communication among
statisticians who are interested in topics relevant to
mental health research;
to facilitate the development and application of
sound statistical methods for mental health studies;
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to promote career opportunities for statisticians in
mental health research.
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Proposed Section Officers
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http://smhr.org/newsletter/2011/12/29/mhs-proposed-executive-committee-andofficers/
Co-Chairs:
Robert Gibbons, University of Chicago
Naihua Duan, Columbia University
Chair-Elect:
Andrew Zhou, University of Washington
Program Chair:
Yuanjia Wang, Columbia University
Program Chair-Elect:
Patrick Shrout, New York University
Representative on the Council of Sections:
Liz Stuart, John Hopkins University
Secretary/Treasurer:
Hongyuan Cao, University of Chicago
Liaison Officer:
Nicole Lazar, University of Georgia
Communications Officer:
Juned Siddique, Northwestern University
Education Officer:
Don Hedeker, University of Illinois at Chicago
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History and Activities
• Statistics in Mental Health Research, established in
June 2011 as an ASA Interest Group
• Currently 181 members
• Newsletter: http://smhr.org/newsletter/
• JSM 2011: group dinner
• ENAR 2012: invited session (1/2), group breakfast
• JSM 2012: invited session (1/2, 4 co-sponsored), 2
topic contributed, 2 contributed sessions, business
meeting/mixer, group dinner
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