Melinda Higgins, PhD.

Melinda Higgins, PhD.

Research Professor; Senior Biostatistician

Emory University - School of Nursing

Biography

Melinda Higgins is co-founder of R-Ladies Atlanta and current (2020-2022) Vice Chair of District 5 for the American Statistical Association Council of Chapters. She is also the author/creator of two online courses: R for SAS Users and Reproducible Templates for Analysis and Dissemination. She is a senior biostatistician and research professor in the Office of Nursing Research - School of Nursing - Emory University in Atlanta, GA (2007-current). She is the author and teacher of two PhD level courses at Emory: Quantitative Analysis of Clinical Data every Fall semester and Big Data Analytics for Healthcare every Spring semester. Prior to that she was a Principal Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (1996-2011) and Program Manager for the $17M National Guard Bureau Technology Consortium.

She has over 25+ years experience performing and managing research in wide-ranging applications including healthcare bio-behavioral phenotype characterization and modeling, statistical support for clinical trials, aircraft sensor systems, remote sensing, multispectral/hyperspectral processing, signatures intelligence, knowledge decision support systems, geospatial information systems, sensors and image fusion, and target recognition.

Interests

  • Reproducible Research
  • Dynamic Documentation
  • R programming
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Multivariate Statistical Modeling

Education

  • PhD in Chemometrics/Analytical Chemistry, 1994

    University of South Carolina

  • MS in Statistics [Experimental Design], 1995

    University of South Carolina

  • BS Chemistry & Mathematics [Dual Major], 1989

    Saint Andrews Presbyterian College

Skills

Research & Statistics

Teaching Statistics

R/RStudio

rmarkdown

Rmarkdown

knitr

Knitr

tidyverse

Tidyverse

SPSS_logo

SPSS

SAS_logo_horiz

SAS

mathworks

Matlab

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Professor of Research

Emory University - School of Nursing

Apr 2007 – Present Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Research Professor and Senior Biostatistician

Responsibilities include:

  • Program Lead for Advanced Analytics Core
  • Statistical Analysis and Research
  • Manuscripts and Grant Support
  • Teaching
 
 
 
 
 

Principle Research Scientist

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Nov 1995 – Feb 2011 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Program Manager for the $17M National Guard Bureau Technology Consortium.

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