Eight Annual Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health

May 31, 2019

Department of Biostatistics 
Yale School of Public Health 
Yale School of Medicine 
Winslow Auditorium 
60 College Street 
New Haven, CT 06520 

Admission is free; registration required.

Thomas R. Ten Have

You are cordially invited to attend the 8th Annual Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health. The Symposium is an annual event that brings together academic statisticians involved in collaborative and methodological research with researchers in mental health with the goal of addressing statistical challenges arising from the design and analysis of psychiatric data. Quantitatively oriented psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health researchers are welcome to participate. Conference participants are welcome to contribute posters on statistical methodology or applied research in the area of mental health.


For additional information contact elizabeth.eocaci-tucker@yale.edu.

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There will be a total of 4 regular invited talks (35 minutes) plus 1 Keynote Address (50 minutes) and a Poster Session.

Time Agenda
11:00-11:10 Welcome
11:10-12:00 Keynote address
12:00-12:15 Discussion
12:15-1:30 On site Lunch / Put up posters
1:30-2:05 Invited talk
2:05-2:15 Discussion
2:15-2:50 Invited talk
2:50-3:00 Discussion
3:00-3:30 Break / Poster session
3:30-4:05 Invited talk
4:05-4:15 Discussion
4:15-4:50 Invited talk
4:50-5:00 Discussion
5:30-7:30 Happy Hour (off site) 
Posters will be on display. Presenters should be available to attend their posters during the lunchtime break. If you intend to present, please send the title and author list of your poster to Ralitza Gueorguieva or Haiqun Lin. The deadline for poster submissions is April 30.
Name    Affiliation
Melanie Wall Columbia University and NYSPI
Eva Petkova New York University
Justine Shults University of Pennsylvania
Warren Bilker University of Pennsylvania
Haiqun Lin Yale School of Public Health
Ralitza Gueorguieva Yale School of Public Health


The conference will be held in Winslow Auditorium at 60 College Street, New Haven, CT. 


Parking is available at the Air Rights Parking Garage is located between North and South Frontage roads, straddling York St. Hourly, half-day and daily rates are available. Special parking spaces for disabled visitors are located next to the elevators on each parking level. The garage is monitored by Yale-New Haven Hospital Security Services. The New Haven Parking Authority, (203) 946-8936, can provide current rate information. 

The idea for a forum on statistics in psychiatry arose in 1998 from informal discussions among Eva Petkova, Ray Carroll, and Tom Ten Have, when Eva visited Ray Carroll at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a visiting faculty member.

The first forum took place in 1999 at the New York State Psychiatric Institute as an informal joint forum with participating statisticians from Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania. It was at this initial forum that several precedents were established for the ensuing annual forums: the forum would start with lunch and end with at least happy hour if not dinner and then a quick departure of the visiting attendees back home by train. Between 1999 and 2003 the forum location rotated between Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania with each forum consisting of two one-hour presentations on statistics in psychiatry by a member from each school and then ample time for informal discussions before happy hour.

In 2004, Yale University joined as the third participating institution and GlaxoSmithKline was a company sponsor of an external invited speaker (Dr. Robert Gibbons). In addition, the forum grew in size with one one-hour invited presentation and three thirty minute contributed presentations (one from each participating institution), outside participants (from GSK and Mount Sinai) and enhanced social program. This required the breaking of the tradition of starting the forum with lunch by having the invited speaker present before lunch.

Due to the one-day nature of the event at that time and the central location of New York City, the events between 2005 and 2008 all took place in New York City. In 2007 New York University became the fourth participating site and the "forum" was renamed to "symposium" in acknowledgement of the growing size and outreach of the event. The symposium continued to expand with adding Cornell University as another participating institution. After 2008 the participating universities resumed rotation of the event with the 2009 symposium taking place at the University of Pennsylvania, the 2010 symposium being hosted at Yale and the 2011 symposium returning to New York City and taking place at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

In 2011 Thomas Ten Have who was one of the founders of the symposium passed away. To honor his many contributions to the field of statistics in psychiatry and to the statistics profession, the symposium was renamed to “Tom R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Psychiatry” (TTH Symposium). The 2012 TTH symposium was the first renamed symposium, took place at the University of Pennsylvania and culminated in the Ten Have Memorial Lecture given by Professor C. Hendricks Brown. The 2013 TTH symposium took place at the New York University Child Study Center.

In 2013, the Statistics in Mental Health Section (MHS) of the American Statistical Association and the TTH organizers from the participating universities agreed to jointly sponsor the event with a two-day biannual national event alternating with a one-day biannual regional event. The first national symposium with an expanded program covering a day and a half of presentations, posters and social program was held in 2014 at Yale University. Since then the symposium has been called TTH Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health and two other national events have taken place: the Fifth Annual Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania (in 2016) and the Seventh Annual Symposium at the University of Chicago (in 2018). This year’s symposium marks the 20th anniversary of the event.