Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Administrative Contact: Patricia Beatty
Room Number: VINE, 4407
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063
|BA (Mathematics), Arizona State University, 1974
MA (Statistics), University of Rochester, 1976
PhD (Statistics), University of Rochester, 1981
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|Dr. Espeland's primary research interest has been the analysis of data from clinical trials and epidemiologic cohort
studies. This has led him to examine research questions in diverse fields such as women's health, aging, diabetes,
cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, cognition, and obesity. His methodological interests are in developing
models from incomplete data and error-prone data. As applications of this methodology, he has explored relationships
involving cognitive and phyiscal function, ultrasonography, dietary intake, and maturation and growth. He has a growing interest
in behavioral interventions and cognitive aging: 104 of the 114 articles he has authored/co-authored since 2010 are in these
areas. Overall, he has authored/coauthored more than 300 biomedical journal articles.
Dr. Espeland has been involved in leadership roles of coordinating and administrative centers for many major multi-
center studies including the Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD), the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence
for Elders (LIFE) Trial, the Trial of Nonpharmacologic Interventions in the Elderly (TONE), the Women's Health Initiative
Memory Study (WHIMS), the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium, the Postmenopausal Estrogen andProgestins
Intervention (PEPI) clinical trial, the Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Progression Study (ACAPS), and the Cooperative
Study of Sickle Cell Disease (CSSCD). He currently heads the Data Management and Data Analysis Core for the Wake Forest
Alzheimer's Disease Center and is Principal Investigator for studies on weight gain prevention, strategies to prevent cognitive
impairment, and on the long-term impact of lifestyle intervention on cognitive impairment.
Dr. Espeland is a frequent consultant to the National Insitutes of Health and has served on dozens of Data and Safety
Monitoring Boards / Advisory Panels for major studies. He is a Fellow the American Statistical Association, the Society for Clinical
trials, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received awards for his research from the
American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
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