Yates Coley, PhD, is a biostatistician whose research promotes predictive analytics and learning health systems as a way to improve value and quality in health care delivery. Her statistical research focuses on developing clinical prediction models that are accurate, actionable, and fair. This work spans several statistical domains including repeated measurements, missing data, and machine learning.
Dr. Coley is currently a scholar with the CATALyST K12 Washington Learning Health System Program funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. As part of her training in learning health system research, Dr. Coley is studying current barriers to implementing evidence-based predictive analytics tools to help develop prediction tools that can be deployed and sustained in clinical care. Her research plan also focuses on statistical methods to address racial bias in clinical prediction algorithms.
Before starting as an assistant investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in 2016, Dr. Coley was a postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There, she worked with urologists to develop a prediction model that enables personalized management of low-risk prostate cancer. She designed an interactive decision support tool that calculates and communicates patients’ predictions in real-time and is currently building the statistical structure necessary to support a continuously learning model. The resulting prediction tool will be integrated into the clinical workflow so that new observations will be automatically incorporated into the existing model, improving both patient-level predictions as well as researchers’ understanding of risk in the population.
Dr. Coley completed her PhD in biostatistics at the University of Washington. Her dissertation research proposed methods to improve effectiveness estimates in HIV prevention trials by accounting for unobserved variability in risk.
At KPWHRI, Dr. Coley collaborates on projects across a range of research areas including mental health, breast cancer imaging, bariatric surgery, and health services.
Bayesian analysis, causal inference, data visualization, hierarchical models, longitudinal data analysis, missing data, prediction, survival analysis
Suicide risk, depression treatment, measurement-based care, antipsychotic use in adolescents
Biostatistics, prostate cancer, risk stratification, stakeholder engagement, surveillance
Biostatistics, data visualization, interactive decision-support tools, learning health systems, stakeholder engagement
Biostatistics, clinical decision-support, learning health systems, patient-centeredness, shared decision-making, stakeholder engagement
Simon GE, Matarazzo BB, Walsh CG, Smoller JW, Boudreaux ED, Yarborough BJH, Shortreed SM, Coley RY, Ahmedani BK, Doshi RP, Harris LI, Schoenbaum M. Reconciling statistical and clinicians' predictions of suicide risk. Psychiatr Serv. 2021 Mar 11:appips202000214. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.202000214. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Penfold RB, Thompson EE, Hilt RJ, Kelleher KJ, Schwartz N, Beck A, Clarke G, Ralston JD, Hartzler AL, Coley RY, Akosile M, Vitiello B, Simon GE. Safer Use of Antipsychotics in Youth (SUAY) pragmatic trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Oct 19:106184. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106184. Online ahead of print. PubMed
Courcoulas AP, Coley RY, Arterburn D. Evidence-based and patient-centered decisions regarding bariatric surgery-reply. JAMA Surg. 2020 Jul 1. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1530. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Lowry KP, Coley RY, Miglioretti DL, Kerlikowske K, Henderson LM, Onega T, Sprague BL, Lee JM, Herschorn S, Tosteson ANA, Rauscher G, Lee CI. Screening performance of digital breast tomosynthesis vs digital mammography in community practice by patient age, screening round, and breast density. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Jul 1;3(7):e2011792. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.11792. PubMed
Coley RY, Boggs JM, Simon GE. Measuring outcome of depression: it is complicated. Psychiatr Serv. 2020;71(5):528. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.71502. PubMed
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