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
Henrikson NB, Anderson ML, Hubbard RA, Fishman P, Grossman DC. Employee knowledge of value-based insurance design benefits. Am J Prev Med. 2014;47(2):115-22. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.03.005. Epub 2014 Jun 17. PubMed
Wang CY, Tapsoba JD, Anderson ML, Vernon SW, Chubak J, Fuller S, Green BB. Time to screening in the systems of support to increase colorectal cancer screening trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Aug;23(8):1683-8. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-0270. Epub 2014 Jun 2. PubMed
Grembowski D, Ralston JD, Anderson ML. Hemoglobin A1c, comorbid conditions and all-cause mortality in older patients with diabetes: a retrospective 9-year cohort study. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Nov;106(2):373-82. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2014.07.017. Epub 2014 Jul 29. PubMed
Buist DS, Anderson ML, Smith RA, Carney PA, Miglioretti DL, Monsees BS, Sickles EA, Taplin SH, Geller BM, Yankaskas BC, Onega TL. Effect of radiologists' diagnostic work-up volume on interpretive performance. Radiology. 2014 Nov;273(2):351-64. doi: 10.1148/radiol.14132806. Epub 2014 Jun 24. PubMed
Murphy CC, Haddock NM, Anderson ML, Chubak J, Green BB. Longitudinal predictors of colorectal cancer screening among participants in a randomized controlled trial. Prev Med. 2014 Sep;66:123-30. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.06.013. Epub 2014 Jun 15. PubMed
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