Andrea Cook, PhD, is a biostatistician whose work focuses on leveraging available data such as electronic health records (EHRs) to efficiently address important public health questions and improve the overall health of our population. Dr. Cook has developed research methods using EHRs and other existing health care data for major initiatives led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Her work spans many areas, including hypertension control, cancer screening, obesity, diabetes, built environment, and alternative medicine for pain.
The goal of Dr. Cook’s research is finding interventions that improve patient care. She studies how pragmatic clinical trials, which are conducted under real-world conditions in health care organizations such as Kaiser Permanente Washington, can deliver more effective care and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Cook is a lead biostatistician for the Biostatistics and Study Design Core of the NIH Collaboratory, which facilitates the implementation of pragmatic clinical trials. She addresses the numerous statistical challenges of pragmatic clinical trials including how to design studies to answer research questions without impeding the delivery of care and how to use EHRs for more cost-effective studies.
Dr. Cook also studies how to use EHR data to improve the way we monitor the safety of new medical products including vaccines, drugs, and medical devices. She contributes to the FDA Sentinel Initiative and the CDC Vaccine Safety Datalink and has led the development of new statistical methods for actively monitoring medical products for rare adverse events using distributed data networks.
Dr. Cook obtained her PhD in biostatistics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2005. She is a member of the American Statistical Association and the Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society. She is also an affiliate professor in biostatistics at the University of Washington.
Role of built environment; obesity prevention and control; nutrition
Analysis of longitudinal data; sequential methods
Physical activity; nutrition; built environment
Buszkiewicz JH, Bobb JF, Kapos F, Hurvitz PM, Arterburn D, Moudon AV, Cook A, Mooney SJ, Cruz M, Gupta S, Lozano P, Rosenberg DE, Theis MK, Anau J, Drewnowski A. Differential associations of the built environment on weight gain by sex and race/ethnicity but not age. Int J Obes (Lond). 2021 Aug 27. doi: 10.1038/s41366-021-00937-9. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Wartko PD, Boudreau DM, Turner JA, Cook AJ, Wellman RD, Fujii MM, Garcia RC, Moser KA, Sullivan MD. STRategies to Improve Pain and Enjoy life (STRIPE): protocol for a pragmatic randomized trial of pain coping skills training and opioid medication taper guidance for patients on long-term opioid therapy. Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Jul 1:106499. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106499. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Buszkiewicz JH, Bobb JF, Hurvitz PM, Arterburn D, Moudon AV, Cook A, Mooney SJ, Cruz M, Gupta S, Lozano P, Rosenberg DE, Theis MK, Anau J, Drewnowski A. Does the built environment have independent obesogenic power? urban form and trajectories of weight gain. Int J Obes (Lond). 2021 May 11. doi: 10.1038/s41366-021-00836-z. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Gupta S, Rose CM, Buszkiewicz J, Ko LK, Mou J, Cook A, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A. Characterizing percent energy from ultra-processed foods by participant demographics, diet quality, and diet cost findings from the Seattle Obesity Study SOS III. Br J Nutr. 2020 Nov 23;1-29. doi: 10.1017/S0007114520004705. PubMed
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