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Lance  Waller

Professor

Faculty, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Jointly Appointed, Environmental Health

Lance A. Waller is Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.  He received his B.S. in Mathematics from New Mexico State University (1986), and his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University (1991).  Prof. Waller leads the Woodruff Health Science Center's Strategic Initiative in Data Science.  He is currently a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science Board on Mathematical Science and Analytics and serves as co-Chair of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics.  Prof. Waller was recently appointed to a three-year term on the US Census Bureau's Scientific Advisory Committee.

His research involves the development and application of statistical methods for spatially referenced data including applications in environmental justice, neurology, epidemiology, disease surveillance, conservation biology, and disease ecology.  He has published in a variety of biostatistical, statistical, environmental health, and ecology journals and is co-author with Carol Gotway of the text Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data (2004, Wiley). 

Contact Information

Department of Biostatistics , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Atlanta , GA 30322

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Phone: (404) 727-1057

Fax: (404) 727-1370

Email: lwaller@emory.edu

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Areas of Interest

  • Biostatistics
  • Data Science
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Infectious Disease
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • Spatial Analysis/GIS
  • Statistical Modeling

Education

  • PhD 1992, Cornell University
  • MS 1990, Cornell University
  • BS 1986, New Mexico State University

Courses Taught

  • BIOS 777: How To Teach Biostatistics
  • INFO 530: Introduction to GIS
  • INFO 530: Introduction to GIS
  • INFO 530: Introduction to GIS
  • INFO 530: Introduction to GIS
  • INFO 532: Advanced GIS

Affiliations & Activities

Dr. Waller is also on the graduate faculty in Environmental Health Sciences, and the Population Biology, Evolution, and Ecology program in the Graduate Division of Biomedical and Biological Sciences.

Dr. Waller is a member of the National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics.

Dr. Waller is co-chair of the National Academies' Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics.

Dr. Waller is on the U.S. Census Bureau's Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Waller is on the Independent Advisory Committee for Global Burden of Disease.

Dr. Waller is on the Editorial Board of Nature Publishing Group's Scientific Data.

Publications