Amber J. Hackstadt

I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University.  My research interests include causal inference, spline function estimation, Bayesian analysis, missing data, health services research, environmental biostatistics, fine particulate matter air pollution, source apportionment, and environmental intervention studies.

I received my PhD in Statistics from Colorado State University under the supervision of Jennifer A. Hoeting and Mary C. Meyer. My dissertation was on shape-restricted regression spline estimation in a Bayesian framework and reversible- jump Markov chain Monte Carlo estimation techniques for shape-restricted regression splines.   I completed a  postdoctoral fellowship in environmental biostatistics  at the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University supervised by Roger D. Peng and Thomas A. Louis.