Yates Coley, PhD

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“Learning health systems promise to improve medical decision-making in the era of big data by making up-to-date analyses of patient information and scientific knowledge available to physicians and patients in real time.”

Yates Coley, PhD

Associate Biostatistics Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington

Biography

Yates Coley, PhD, is a biostatistician whose research promotes predictive analytics and learning health systems as a way to improve value quality, and equity in health care delivery. Their 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’s paper examining racial and ethnic inequity in two suicide prediction models was awarded Paper of the Year at the Healthcare Systems Research Network 2021 Annual Conference. The two models performed well for visits by patients who were White, Hispanic, and Asian but did not accurately identify high-risk visits for patients who were Black, American Indian, and Alaskan Native, likely due to persistent structural barriers limiting access to affordable, high-quality, and culturally competent mental health care. The study emphasized the importance of assessing performance within racial and ethnic subgroups of all prediction models before clinical implementation to ensure that prediction models ameliorate, rather than exacerbate, existing health disparities.

Dr. Coley is a recent graduate of  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 their training in learning health system research, Dr. Coley studied current barriers to implementing evidence-based predictive analytics tools to help develop prediction tools that can be deployed and sustained in clinical care. Their research plan also focused 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, they worked with urologists to develop a prediction model that enables personalized management of low-risk prostate cancer.

Dr. Coley completed their PhD in biostatistics at the University of Washington. Their 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, aging, and health services. They also lead predictive analytics work and direct biostatistical support for KPWHRI’s Center for Accelerating Care Transformation.

Research interests and experience

  • Biostatistics

    Bayesian analysis, causal inference, data visualization, hierarchical models, longitudinal data analysis, missing data, prediction, survival analysis

  • Mental Health

    Suicide risk, depression treatment, measurement-based care, antipsychotic use in adolescents

  • Cancer

    Biostatistics, prostate cancer, risk stratification, stakeholder engagement, surveillance

  • Health Informatics

    Biostatistics, data visualization, interactive decision-support tools, learning health systems, stakeholder engagement

  • Health Services & Economics

    Biostatistics, clinical decision-support, learning health systems, patient-centeredness, shared decision-making, stakeholder engagement

Recent publications

Coley RY, Boggs JM, Beck A, Hartzler AL, Simon GE. Defining success in measurement-based care for depression: a comparison of common metrics. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Dec 18:appips201900295. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900295. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Simon GE, Shortreed SM, Coley RY. Positive predictive values and potential success of suicide prediction models. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 Jun 26. pii: 2737196. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.1516. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Shortreed SM, Cook AJ, Coley RY, Bobb JF, Nelson JC. Challenges and opportunities for using big health care data to advance medical science and public health. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 May 1;188(5):851-861. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwy292. PubMed

Huntley JH, Coley RY, Carter HB, Radhakrishnan A, Krakow M, Pollack CE. Clinical evaluation of an individualized risk prediction tool for men on active surveillance for prostate cancer. LID - S0090-4295(18)30903-8 [pii] LID - 10.1016/j.urology.2018.08.021 [doi] Urology. 2018 Aug 29. pii: S0090-4295(18)30903-8. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2018.08.021 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Inge T, Coley RY, Bazzano LA, Xanthakos SA, McTigue K, Arterburn D, Williams N, Wellman R, Coleman KJ, Courcoulas A, Desai NK, Anau J, Pardee R, Toh S, Janning C, Cook A, Sturtevant J, Horgan C, Zebrick AJ, Michalsky M. Comparative effectiveness of bariatric procedures among adolescents: the PCORnet bariatric study. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2018 Apr 17. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.04.002.

 

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KPWHRI in the Media

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Medscape, Aug. 9, 2022