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Melissa D. Begg

Professor of Biostatistics at the Columbia University Medical Center
Director of the MS in Patient Oriented Research Program, Department of Biostatistics

Vice Provost for Educational Programs of Columbia University
Co-Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Melissa Begg's areas of focus include advancing interdisciplinary science, training, and mentorship; clinical research education; statistical methods in psychiatry and oral health; and analysis of cluster-correlated and sibling data. In 2006 she became the Co-Director of Columbia's NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), which aims to bridge basic, clinical, and translational science in order to bring effective health strategies into practice more efficiently. Dr. Begg directs educational and career development programs for the CTSA. She also leads two NIH-funded career development programs to promote diversity: one aimed at college undergraduates, introducing them to careers in the public health sciences; and one aimed at diverse junior faculty, providing grant-writing advice, career support, and mentorship. A third NIH-funded career development program offers mentorship in comparative effectiveness research methods to junior and mid-level faculty. Dr. Begg was inducted into the university's Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy in 2005, and received both the university-wide Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Mailman School Teaching Award from the Graduating Class in 2006. She was invited to join the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2007, and was elected to the Board of the Association for Clinical Research Training in 2008. Formerly Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs, she was appointed as Vice Dean for Education in October 2010, and is overseeing the implementation of a major curriculum renewal initiative for Columbia's MPH program. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and is the inaugural recipient of the Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.   View Faculty CV here (PDF).
Education & Training:

    ScD, 1989, Harvard School of Public Health

    BS, 1985, Fairfield University

Honors and Awards:
  • Presidential Teaching Award, Columbia University, 2006
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Mailman School of Public Health, 2006
  • Fellow of the American Statistical ASsociation, elected 2012
  • Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Prize from Harvard School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics, 2012
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Dental Honor Society, inducted 2012
Selected Publications:
  • Meyers FJ, Begg MD, Fleming M, Merchant C Strengthening the Career Development of Clinical Translational Scientist Trainees: A Consensus Statement of the Clinical Translational Science (CTSA) Research Education and Career Development Committees Clinical and Translational Science 5(2) 132-137 2012
  • Begg MD, Vaughan RD Are biostatistics students prepared to succeed in the era of interdisciplinary science? (And how will we know?) The American Statistician 65(2) 71-79 2011
  • Panageas KS, Begg MD, Grbic JT, Lamster IB Analysis of multiple 2x2 tables with site-specific periodontal data Journal of Dental Research 82 514-517 2003
  • Kulage KM, Larson EL, Begg MD Sharing Facilities & Administrative Cost Recovery to Facilitate Interdisciplinary Research Academic Medicine 86(3) 394-401 2011
  • Ahsan H, Hodge SE, Heiman GA, Begg MD, Susser ES Relative risk for genetic associations: the case-parent triad as a variant of epidemiologic cohort designs International Journal of Epidemiology 31 669-678 2002
  • Huskins WC, Silet K, Weber-Main AM, Begg MD, Fowler VG, Hamilton J, Fleming M Identifying and Aligning Expectations in a Mentoring Relationship Clinical and Translational Science 4(6) 439-447 2011
  • Matte TD, Bresnahan MA, Begg MD, Susser ES The influence of birth weight variation in the normal range and within sibships on IQ at age 7 British Medical Journal 323 310-314 2001
  • Jacobson JS, Begg MD, Wang LW, Wang Q, Agarwal M, Norkus E, Singh VN, Young T-L, Yang D, Santella RM Effects of a 6-month vitamin intervention on DNA damage in heavy smokers Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 9 1303-1311 2000
  • Brown AS, Begg MD, Gravenstein S, Schaefer CA, Wyatt RJ, Bresnahan M, Babulas V, Susser ES Serologic evidence of prenatal influenza in the etiology of schizophrenia Archives of General Psychiatry 61 774-780 2004
  • Begg MD, Paykin AB Performance of and software for a modified Mantel-Haenszel statistic for correlated data Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation 70 175-195 2001

Contact Information


Office of the Provost, 535 W. 116th Street. 405B Low Library

New York, NY 10027