Ning Smith, PhD, is an Investigator and a member of CHR's Biostatistics Core. Her research areas include obesity and obesity-related health conditions in children and young adults, and issues related to vaccine effectiveness and safety. She also studies quality-of-care issues related to the use electronic medical and administrative records in research.
Dr. Smith consults with other researchers on statistical methods such as multiple comparisons, multivariate analyses, logistic regression, longitudinal data analysis, mixed effects and generalized linear models, and survival analysis.
Before joining CHR, Dr. Smith was a biostatistician in the Department of Research and Evaluation at the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she worked at Merck in the Department of Vaccine Biometric Research. At Merck, she conducted simulation studies and data-analysis work for clinical trials of vaccines.
She received her master's and PhD in biostatistics from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation was on joint modeling of survival and longitudinal data and its application in cancer research. She received her bachelor's degree in economics from Nankai University in Tianjin, China.