Melissa Begg

Melissa Begg

Biostatistics at the Columbia University Medical Center


Office of the Provost, 535 W. 116th Street. 405B Low Library New York NY 10027
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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.



ScD, 1989, Harvard School of Public Health
BS, 1985, Fairfield University


Director of the MS in Patient Oriented Research Program, Department of Biostatistics

Columbia Affiliations

Co-Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Additional Affiliations

Honors & 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

Areas of Expertise

Public Health Education, Biostatistical Methods, Longitudinal Studies, Research Design and Methods

Select 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
Begg MD, Parides MK Separation of individual-level and cluster-level covariate effects in regression analysis of correlated data Statistics in Medicine 22 2591-2602 2003
Vaughan RD, Begg MD Methods for the analysis of paired binary data in school-based intervention studies Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics 24 367-383 1999
Begg M Analyzing k(2x2) tables under cluster sampling Biometrics 55 302-307 1999
Begg MD, Lamster IB, Panageas KS, Mitchell-Lewis D, Phelan JA, Grbic JT A prospective study of oral lesions and their predictive value for progression of HIV disease Oral Diseases 3 176-183 1997
Desai M, Begg MD A comparison of regression approaches for analyzing clustered data American Journal of Public Health 98 1425-1429 2008

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