Biostatistician Melissa Anderson, MS, has collaborated on a wide range of health care topics throughout her career, with an emphasis on preventive care. Her recent research has focused on cancer screening and cardiovascular health. Ms. Anderson worked with Beverly Green, MD, MPH, to determine whether a centralized system of stepped increases in support improves uptake and long-term adherence to colorectal cancer screening. Ms. Anderson and Dr. Green have also collaborated to answer important questions regarding cardiovascular health, including whether a patient’s cardiovascular risks can be defined using automated electronic health record data and if this method can identify high-risk patients. Other areas of interest are blood pressure measurement variability, and diagnostic accuracy of various blood pressure measurement protocols.
Ms. Anderson has experience with longitudinal observational studies and has considerable expertise in the design and analysis of randomized clinical trials. She was the lead analyst for recent randomized trials of behavioral interventions to (1) promote smoking cessation and oral health behaviors among smoking quitline callers, (2) decrease sedentary time among older adults with obesity, and (3) improve pain and function outcomes through group-based cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction among patients with chronic back pain.
Ms. Anderson received her master’s degree in biostatistics at the University of Washington in 1996. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in 2003, she worked at the Statistical Coordinating Center for the Cardiovascular Health Study, and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.
Randomized trials, diagnostic test accuracy, longitudinal data analysis, missing data methods
Physical activity, oral health care, smoking cessation
Breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening
Cardiovascular risk assessment, blood pressure measurement
Adherence to preventive care recommendations
Green BB, Anderson ML, Ehrlich K, Hall YN, Hansell LD, Hsu C, Margolis KL, McClure JB, Munson S, Thompson MJ. Is hypertension diagnostic testing and diagnosis associated with psychological distress? Am J Hypertens. 2023 Sep 9:hpad083. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpad083. Online ahead of print. PubMed
Meenan RT, Troja C, Buist DSM, Tiro JA, Lin J, Anderson ML, Gao H, Green BB, Winer RL. Economic evaluation of mailed home-based human papillomavirus self-sampling kits for cervical cancer screening. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Mar 1;6(3):e234052. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.4052. PubMed
DeBar LL, Bushey MA, Kroenke K, Bobb JF, Schoenbaum M, Thompson EE, Justice M, Zatzick D, Hamilton LK, McMullen CK, Hallgren KA, Benes LL, Forman DP, Caldeiro RM, Brown RP, Campbell NL, Anderson ML, Son S, Haggstrom DA, Whiteside L, Schleyer TKL, Bradley KA. A patient-centered nurse-supported primary care-based collaborative care program to treat opioid use disorder and depression: Design and protocol for the MI-CARE randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Apr;127:107124. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2023.107124. [Epub ahead of print2023 Feb 18]. PubMed
Hsu C, Hansell L, Ehrlich K, Munson S, Anderson ML, Margolis KL, McClure JB, Hall J, Thompson MJ, Joseph D, Green BB. Primary care physician beliefs and practices regarding blood pressure measurement: Results from BP-CHECK qualitative interviews. BMC Prim Care. 2023 Jan 25;24(1):30. doi: 10.1186/s12875-022-01950-1. PubMed
Thompson MJ, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Ehrlich K, Hall YN, Hsu C, Margolis KL, McClure JB, Munson SA, Green BB. Acceptability and adherence to home, kiosk, and clinic blood pressure measurement compared to 24-h ambulatory monitoring. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Jan 17:1-8. doi: 10.1007/s11606-023-08036-3. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
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