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Leah J Welty

Leah J Welty, PhD

Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine-Biostatistics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


680 N Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1400
Chicago IL 60611

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Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; HIV Infection; Health Disparities; Psychiatry

Description of Interests

Dr. Welty’s research interests are in the application of biostatistics to psychiatric epidemiology and environmental research. She is the lead statistician for the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a large-scale longitudinal study of psychiatric disorders and risky behaviors in delinquent youth. Her work on the on the National Morbidity Mortality and Air Pollution Study (NMMAPS) used Bayesian methods to estimate generalized linear models with distributed lags to capture short term effects of air pollution on mortality. She has also worked on formulating covariance models for random fields and estimating likelihoods for very large data sets, using algae levels in Lake Michigan.

Professional Education

PhD: University of Chicago, Statistics (2003)

Most Recent Publications

Lansing AE, Washburn JJ, Abram KM, Thomas UC, Welty LJ, Teplin LA.
Journal of Correctional Health Care. 2014 Jan;20(1):18-30.doi:10.1177/1078345813505450.
ISSN: 10783458

Marciniak C, Caldera F, Welty L, Lai J, Lento P, Feldman E, Sered H, Sayeed Y, Plastaras C.
Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 2013 Dec;32(12):2091-2098.doi:10.7863/ultra.32.12.2091.
ISSN: 02784297

Welty LJ, Carter RE, Finkelstein DM, Harrell FE, Lindsell CJ, MacAluso M, Mazumdar M, Nietert PJ, Oster RA, Pollock BH, Roberson PK, Ware JH.
Academic Medicine. 2013 Apr;88(4):454-460.doi:10.1097/ACM.0b013e31828578ed.
PMID: 23425984   PMCID: PMC3610776   ISSN: 10402446

Teplin LA, Welty LJ, Abram KM, Dulcan MK, Washburn JJ.
Archives of General Psychiatry. 2012 Oct;69(10):1031-1043.doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.2062.
PMID: 23026953   PMCID: PMC3737771   ISSN: 0003990X

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