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Robert Gibbons, PhD

Robert D. Gibbons is the Blum-Riese Professor and a Pritzker Scholar at the University of Chicago. He has appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences and Comparative Human Development. He also directs the Center for Health Statistics. Professor Gibbons is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the International Statistical Institute, and the Royal Statistical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and five books. His statistical work spans the areas of longitudinal data analysis, item response theory, environmental statistics and drug safety and has led to thousands of applications in the biological and social sciences. Professor Gibbons has received life-time achievement awards from the American Statistical Association, the American Public Health Association and Harvard University. He is a founder of the Mental Health Statistics section of the American Statistical Association.

University of Chicago
Chicago Illinois
Ph.D. - Statistics/Psychometrics
1981

University of Denver
Denver Colorado
BA - Chemistry/Mathematics
1976

Initial Validation of a Computerized Adaptive Test for Substance Use Disorder Identification in Adolescents.
Initial Validation of a Computerized Adaptive Test for Substance Use Disorder Identification in Adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2024 Jan 25; 1-7.
PMID: 38270342

Clinical characterization and differentiation of B-SNIP psychosis Biotypes: Algorithmic Diagnostics for Efficient Prescription of Treatments (ADEPT)-1.
Clinical characterization and differentiation of B-SNIP psychosis Biotypes: Algorithmic Diagnostics for Efficient Prescription of Treatments (ADEPT)-1. Schizophr Res. 2023 10; 260:143-151.
PMID: 37657281

Folic acid prescription and suicide attempt prevention: effect of past suicidal behaviour, psychiatric diagnosis and psychotropic medication.
Folic acid prescription and suicide attempt prevention: effect of past suicidal behaviour, psychiatric diagnosis and psychotropic medication. BJPsych Open. 2023 Aug 22; 9(5):e159.
PMID: 37605842

A randomized controlled trial on using predictive algorithm to adapt level of psychological care for community college students: STAND triaging and adapting to level of care study protocol.
A randomized controlled trial on using predictive algorithm to adapt level of psychological care for community college students: STAND triaging and adapting to level of care study protocol. Trials. 2023 Aug 09; 24(1):508.
PMID: 37553688

Bridging the Gap Between Observational Studies and Randomized Clinical Trials.
Bridging the Gap Between Observational Studies and Randomized Clinical Trials. Biol Psychiatry. 2023 06 15; 93(12):1059-1060.
PMID: 37257983

Population Health Management Approach to Depression Symptom Monitoring in Primary Care via Patient Portal: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Population Health Management Approach to Depression Symptom Monitoring in Primary Care via Patient Portal: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Med Qual. 2023 Jul-Aug 01; 38(4):188-195.
PMID: 37314235

Social Vulnerability and Risk of Suicide in US Adults, 2016-2020.
Social Vulnerability and Risk of Suicide in US Adults, 2016-2020. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 04 03; 6(4):e239995.
PMID: 37099296

Predictive Equity in Suicide Risk Screening.
Predictive Equity in Suicide Risk Screening. J Acad Consult Liaison Psychiatry. 2023 Jul-Aug; 64(4):336-339.
PMID: 37001640

Prediction of Suicide Attempts and Suicide-Related Events Among Adolescents Seen in Emergency Departments.
Prediction of Suicide Attempts and Suicide-Related Events Among Adolescents Seen in Emergency Departments. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 02 01; 6(2):e2255986.
PMID: 36790810

The Association Between USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Scores and Residency Performance: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
The Association Between USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Scores and Residency Performance: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Acad Med. 2023 02 01; 98(2):264-273.
PMID: 36512984

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Advisor to the Secretary of the Veterans Administration
Veterans Administration
2017 - 2017

Endowed Chair University of Chicago – The Blum-Riese Professorship
University of Chicago
2016 - pres

Distinguished Achievement Medal for the ASA’s Section on Statistics and the Environment
ASA
2016 - 2016

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
Royal Statistical Society
2016 - 2016

Fellow of the International Statistical Institute
ISI
2015 - pres

Fellow of the Center for Health Administration Studies
University of Chicago
2015 - pres

Long-Term Excellence Award – Health Policy Statistics Section
ASA
2013 - 2013

Rema Lapouse Award for Contributions to Psychiatric Epidemiology
American Public Health Association
2012 - 2012

Pritzker Scholar
University of Chicago
2011 - pres

Professor Emeritus of Biostatistics
University of Illinois
2010 - pres

Distinguished Faculty Award
University of Illinois
2009 - 2009

Outstanding Statistical Applications Award
ASA
2009 - 2009

Youden Prize for Contributions to Inter-laboratory Calibration
ASA
2006 - 2006

Harvard Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Harvard University
2003 - 2003

Youden Prize for Contributions to Inter-laboratory Calibration
ASA
2002 - 2002

Member of the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sc
National Academy of Sciences
2001 - pres

Fellow of the American Statistical Association
ASA
2001 - pres

Research Scientist Award
NIMH
1995 - 2000