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Judith Hilevi Lichtman, PhD, MPH

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Department Chair, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Research Interests

Epidemiology; Heart Diseases; Quality of Health Care; Research; Stroke

Judith H. Lichtman, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, CT. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, and received her Master of Public Health degree and PhD in Epidemiology at Yale University. Dr. Lichtman has been actively involved in regional and national studies of cardiovascular and stroke outcomes. She has served on several national committees...

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Michael B. Bracken, PhD, MPH, FACE

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist

Co-Director, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology

Research Interests

Epidemiology; Gynecology; Neurology; Pediatrics; Perinatal Care; Evidence-Based Medicine

Dr. Michael Bracken is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology, and formerly Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Science and Neurology, a former Head of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at Yale University and former Vice Chairman (Deputy Dean) of the Yale School of Public Health where he has studied and taught for the last 44 years. He is a sometime Research Fellow in Green Templeton College, Oxford University. Professor...

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Mayur Mahesh Desai, PhD, MPH, FACE

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program

Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program

Research Interests

Mental Disorders; Cardiovascular Diseases; Epidemiologic Methods; Health Services Research; Public Health; Quality of Health Care; Veterans; Global Health; Emigrants and Immigrants

Mayur M. Desai, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, where he directs the one-year Advanced Professional MPH Program and teaches courses on epidemiologic research methods and data analysis. Professor Desai received both his MPH in health policy and his PhD in epidemiology from Yale University. He then served for two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, before returning to New...

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Andrew Thomas DeWan, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Asthma; Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Genetics; Norway; Pre-Eclampsia; Sepsis

Andrew DeWan is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health where in 2012 he was selected for the Distinguished Student Mentor Award by the student body. He earned his B.S. from Brandeis University, MPH from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Rockefeller University. He is an Editorial Board Member for the journal PLoS ONE, Case Reports in Genetics and is review editor for Frontiers in Genetics.



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Nicola Hawley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Diabetes Mellitus; Maternal Health Services; Maternal-Child Health Centers; Obesity; Pregnancy; Prenatal Care; South Africa; Global Health; Samoa; American Samoa

Nicola Hawley is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses broadly on: (1) understanding how maternal and child health are impacted by rising levels of obesity and diabetes in developing countries, (2) determining how the delivery of healthcare impacts the identification and treatment of these diseases during the perinatal period, and (3) developing interventions focused on pregnancy and early infancy to prevent the...

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Josephine Hoh, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Research Interests

Environmental Exposure; Environmental Health; Ophthalmology

Josephine Hoh, associate professor in chronic disease epidemiology and of ophthalmology and visual science, is currently involved in interdisciplinary research to elucidate disease pathophysiology, including how the genetic factors can actually lead individuals who carrying the risk variants to be ill at one point in life, what the environmental exposures are, and how they can influence an individual’s chance of contracting the disease.

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Melinda Liggett Irwin, PhD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Associate Director (Population Sciences), Yale Cancer Center

Co-Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control, Yale Cancer Center

Deputy Director (Public Health), Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Neoplasms by Histologic Type; Obesity; Ovarian Neoplasms; Weight Loss; Exercise

Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH is Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, Associate Director (Population Sciences) in the Yale Cancer Center, Co-Program Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center, and Deputy Director (Public Health) in the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Irwin is a prominent leader in the field of lifestyle factors and chronic diseases. Her research over the past 15 years has focused on randomized trials of...

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Anne Marie Zaura Jukic, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Infertility, Female; Pregnancy; Reproduction

Dr. Anne Marie Jukic is a perinatal epidemiologist whose research focuses on risk factors for sub-fertility and poor pregnancy outcomes. She is interested in early pregnancy, particularly implantation and early placental development, and the relevance of these events for pregnancy health or even child health. After completing a Bachelor's degree at the University of Notre Dame she joined the Peace Corps where she developed an interest in public health. During her graduate work at Emory...

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Xiaomei Ma, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Leukemia; Myelodysplastic Syndromes; Neoplasms

Dr. Ma is a cancer epidemiologist who studies the etiology and health outcomes of different types of cancer, with a particular focus on pediatric cancer (i.e., cancer that occur in children 0-19 years) and malignancies of the hematopoietic system (e.g., leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes, and myeloproliferative neoplasms). Her research has addressed the impact of immunological factors, chemical exposures, and genetic characteristics on the risk of pediatric cancer. In addition, she...

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Harvey A Risch, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Esophageal Neoplasms; Ovarian Neoplasms; Pancreatic Neoplasms; Polymorphism, Genetic; Gonadal Steroid Hormones; Stomach Neoplasms; Helicobacter pylori; Molecular Epidemiology; Germ-Line Mutation; Host-Pathogen Interactions

Dr. Harvey Risch is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Risch received his MD degree from the University of California San Diego and PhD from the University of Chicago. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the University of Washington, Dr. Risch was a faculty member in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Toronto before coming to Yale. Dr. Risch's...

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Fatma M. Shebl, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Chronic Disease; Hepatitis; HIV; Neoplasms; Neoplasms by Site; Hepacivirus; Women's Health; Biostatistics

Dr. Shebl graduated from the School of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt in 1994. She earned a PhD in Epidemiology from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2008. Dr. Shebl Joined the National Cancer Institute as a research fellow in 2008. Dr. Shebl is interested in studying hepatitis C virus infection, including natural history, maternal infant transmission, host immune response, as well as genetic and non-genetic determinants of response to hepatitis C virus therapy. Dr. Shebl is also...

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Shiyi Wang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Professor Wang’s primary interests focus on outcomes research and decision science. He is interested in combining systematic literature reviews, secondary data analyses, and simulation modeling to examine issues that are critical to clinicians and policy makers’ decision making. He is currently working on several breast cancer projects, including an evaluation of preoperative breast MRI, development of an individualized decision aid to help radiotherapy decision-making, and assessment of...

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Haritha Adhikarla, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Haritha Adhikarla has been an associate research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health since 2016. Her expertise spans diverse areas of bacterial pathogenomics, membrane transport and prokaryotic two-component signaling. She previously led a molecular biology group in India for Sanofi, a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in France  and was involved in bioassay support for vaccine characterization. Subsequently she joined Yale school of Public Health in 2013 as a...

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Brenda Cartmel, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Carcinoma; Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Nutrition Disorders; Ovarian Neoplasms; Stress, Psychological; Tanning; Disease-Free Survival; Nutritional Sciences


Dr. Cartmel's primary research interests are in the area of cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. Dr. Cartmel is collaborating on a large case control study of basal cell carcinoma in young people. The goal of this study is to explore the etiology and genetics of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of nonmelanoma skin cancer, with a particular focus on UV exposure from tanning beds. Her recently funded grant will investigate the genetics of tanning addiction. In addition to this...

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Leah McArthur Ferrucci, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Chronic Disease; Diet; Epidemiology; Public Health; Skin Neoplasms; Tanning; Colorectal Neoplasms; Survivors; Metabolomics

Leah M. Ferrucci, PhD, MPH is a Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Ferrucci earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPH in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. She received a PhD in nutritional cancer epidemiology through a joint training program with Yale University and the National Cancer Institute. Throughout her career, Dr. Ferrucci has focused on modifiable cancer risk factors, including nutrition...

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Beth Anne Jones, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Assistant Director for Diversity and Health Equity, Yale Cancer Center

Director, Smilow Cancer Screening & Prevention Program

Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Neoplasms; Social Class; Socioeconomic Factors; Epidemiologic Factors; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation; Minority Health; Health Status Disparities; Healthcare Disparities; Social Determinants of Health; Health Care

Dr. Jones is a cancer epidemiologist whose work and teaching focus is on health disparities. Her research is focused on racial/ethnic differences in cancer screening and cancer outcomes. Current work has focused on the Hispanic/Latino population with studies of predictors of mammography screening and other health behaviors, breast density, and colorectal cancer screening in Hispanic/Latinas living in the Northeast, US. Using a multidisciplinary approach, she has evaluated the role(s) of...

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Erica C Leifheit, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Diseases; Quality of Health Care; Quality of Life; Stroke; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Lingeng Lu, MD, PhD

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Bacteria; Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Hepatitis Viruses; Molecular Biology; Neoplasms; Prognosis; RNA Viruses; Virus Diseases; Survivors; Early Diagnosis

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Alysa Pomer, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Disasters; Menarche; Vanuatu; Obesity; Rural Health; Global Health; Samoa; Reproductive Health

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Rong Wang, PhD

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Diseases; Health Care

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Vincent T DeVita, Jr, MD

Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Hodgkin Disease; Lymphoma; Molecular Biology; Health Care

Dr. Vincent DeVita, the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine at the Yale Cancer Center and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, was the Director of the Yale Cancer Center from 1993 to 2003. He spent the early part of his career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and in 1980, the President of the United States appointed him director of the NCI and the National Cancer Program, a position he held until 1988. From 1988 until be returned to Yale in 1993, he was...

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Thomas Michael Gill, MD

Humana Foundation Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Investigative Medicine

Director, Yale Program on Aging

Director, Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

Director, Yale Center for Disability and Disabling Disorders

Director, Yale Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology and Aging-Related Research

Research Interests

Aging; Disability Evaluation; Epidemiology; Geriatrics; Geriatric Assessment; Clinical Trial

Dr. Thomas Gill is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Investigative Medicine and the Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Yale University. He received his research training in clinical epidemiology as a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholar at Yale, and he joined the faculty in 1994 after completing an additional year as a geriatrics fellow. Dr. Gill is a leading authority on the epidemiology and prevention of disability among older persons and is the recipient of...

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Bonnie Elyssa Gould Rothberg, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology)

Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Genetics; Lung Neoplasms; Medical Oncology; Melanoma; Pancreatic Neoplasms; Pathology; Tuberous Sclerosis; Genomics; Biomarkers, Pharmacological

Dr. Gould Rothberg is currently appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology) at the Yale School of Medicine with secondary appointments in the Departments of Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Pathology. She received her MD (1994), MPH (2005) and PhD in Epidemiology (2009) all from Yale University. She completed her Internal Medicine residency in June 2016. Prior to rejoining Yale in 2003, she was employed at CuraGen Corporation, a start-up genomics...

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Cary P Gross, MD

Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Health Policy; Internal Medicine; Ethics, Research

Dr. Cary Gross is a Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale. Dr. Gross completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and served as chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center the following year.His research addresses comparative effectiveness, quality, and population health, with a focus on cancer prevention...

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Elan D Louis, MD, MS

Professor of Neurology and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Chief, Division of Movement Disorders

Research Interests

Central Nervous System Diseases; Environment and Public Health; Humanities; Disorders of Environmental Origin; Nervous System Diseases; Neurologic Manifestations; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Neurotoxicity Syndromes

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BA, 1984), Yale Medical School (MD, 1989), and Columbia University School of Public Health (MS, Epidemiology, 1995), Dr. Louis joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University faculty in 1995 and was for many years a Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology before being recruited to Yale University in 2015 to be Chief of the Movement Disorders Division in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Louis’ principal academic interest is in...

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Ruth McCorkle, RN, FAAN

Florence Wald Professor of Nursing and Professor of Chronic Diseases

Interim Specialty Director, Adult Health

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Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center

Director, Center for Research Engagement

Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program

Deputy Director of Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Internal Medicine; Global Health; Women's Health; Caribbean Region; Healthcare Disparities; Social Discrimination

Dr. Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center, Director of the Center for Reserach Engagement, Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program, and Deputy Director at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on healthcare...

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Peter Salovey, PhD

President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

President of the University

Research Interests

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Emotions; Psychological Phenomena and Processes; Psychology, Applied; Psychology, Social; Health Behavior; Risk Reduction Behavior; Emotional Intelligence; Health Communication; Psychiatry and Psychology

Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University, the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, and professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, where his research on health behavior has focused on the effectiveness of health promotion messages in persuading people to change risky behaviors relevant to cancer and HIV/AIDS. His presidential term began in July 2013.



To read his full biography, please visit http://president.yale.edu/about-president-salovey.



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Mary Elizabeth Tinetti, MD

Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Section Chief, Geriatrics

Research Interests

Accidental Falls; Decision Making; Geriatrics; Risk Factors

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Kimberly Ann Yonkers, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers

Research Interests

Anxiety Disorders; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation; Mood Disorders; Substance-Related Disorders; Sexual and Gender Disorders

The work of my research group includes investigations into the clinical course, etiopathology and treatment of psychiatric disorders as they occur in women. A major component of this work includes investigations into the occurrence and treatment of illnesses in pregnancy and the postpartum period, and across the menstrual cycle. This area, by its nature, cuts across disciplines and requires psychiatric expertise, as well as knowledge in neuroscience and reproductive biology.

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Douglas Shenson, MD, MPH, MS, MA

Associate Clinical Professor

Research Interests

Humanities; Diseases; Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena; Health Care

Dr. Shenson is Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Director, Clinical Preventive Services, at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. Dr. Shenson also directs Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC), a nonprofit agency dedicated to expanding the population-wide use of disease prevention services. As part of his work at SPARC, Dr. Shenson leads the Vote & Vax program, which is developing and testing a national strategy to provide...

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Herbert Yu, MD, PhD

Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Liver Neoplasms; Neoplasms; Ovarian Neoplasms; Uterine Neoplasms; Molecular Epidemiology; Gene-Environment Interaction

Dr. Yu is associate professor at Yale School of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, and a molecular epidemiologist with training in medicine, epidemiology, and clinical biochemistry. Dr. Yu has been involved in cancer research for over 20 years, and has had extensive experience in population-based epidemiologic investigation and patient-based clinical studies. Dr. Yu has conducted numerous epidemiologic and clinical research projects, addressing various issues in cancer...

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Lecturers

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Edward Arnold Bortnichak, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Amy S. Darefsky, PhD, MPH

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Denise Elizabeth Stevens, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Denise Stevens is President and founder of MATRIX Public Health Solutions (www.matrixphs.com), a small New Haven, Connecticut based public health “think and do organization” that provides technical assistance to governments (local, state, federal), industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and health care systems. She has an international reputation as a leader in health systems change initiatives related to chronic disease. Denise was the Director of Evaluation for Community...

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Peter H Van Ness, PhD, MPH

Senior Research Scientist in Medicine (Geriatrics) and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and in Medicine (Geriatrics)

Co-Director, Biostatistics Core, Yale Program on Aging

Research Interests

Epidemiologic Methods; Religion and Medicine; Research Design; Socioeconomic Factors; Statistics as Topic; Biomedical Research

Dr. Van Ness is a senior biostatistician at the Program on Aging in the Geriatrics Section of the Department of Internal Medicine of the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Co-Director of the Biostatistics Core of the Yale Program on Aging. He specializes in the analysis of categorical and longitudinal data. His research work addresses the statistical challenges arising in clinical research with older study participants, e.g., evaluating instrument reliability, designing small...

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