Lance A. Waller, Ph.D.
Rollins School of
email: lwaller AT sph.emory.edu
Telephone: (404) 727 1057
Fax: (404) 727 1370
Dr. Waller received his PhD in Operations Research from Cornell
University in 1992. His interests involve statistical analysis of spatially
referenced data. Examples include tests of spatial clustering of
disease cases, for example around a hazardous waste site; small area estimation;
hierarchical models with spatially structured random effects; and spatial
point process models. Recent applications include spatiotemporal mapping
of disease rates, statistical methods for assessing environmental justice,
the analysis of spatial trends in Lyme disease incidence and reporting,
spatial modelling of the spread of raccoon rabies, and point process analysis of
sea turtle nesting locations in Florida. He is interested in both
the statistical methodology, and the environmental and epidemiologic models
involved in the analysis of this type of data. He teaches courses in spatial
biostatistics, applied linear models, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
in Public Health.
Additional material (data sets and sample code) for
Waller and Gotway (2004) Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data.
New York: Wiley (click on book cover).
Book Reviews of Waller and Gotway (2004) Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data.
New York: Wiley
Berke, O. (2005) Biometrics. 61, 1133-1134.
Diggle, P. (2005) Journal of the American
Statistical Association. 100, 702-703.
Schuenemeyer, J.H. (2005) Computers & Geosciences 31,
Code relating to recent publications:
Waller, L.A., Smith, D., Childs, J.E., and Real, L.A. (2003, to appear)
Monte Carlo assessments of goodness of fit for ecological simulation models.
2002 Statistics and the Environment Section of the American Statistical
Association Workshop on Spatial Statistics: Integrating Statistics, GIS
and Statistical Graphics. Presentation: "Agile GIS: Building Application-Specific
Spatial Analytic Software from Freely Available Software Tools". (PDF
2002 Joint Statistical Meetings Introductory Overview Lecture: "How
Many is Too Many? Detection of Disease Outbreaks and Clusters" (PDF
Selected Recent Publications: (see CV
for complete list as of July 1, 2002)
Waller, L.A., Hill, E.G., and Rudd, R.A. (2006, to appear). "The geography of
power: statistical performance of tests of clusters and clustering in
Statistics in Medicine.
Real, L.A., Henderson, J.C., Biek, R., Snaman, J., Lambert Jack, T., Childs, J.E.,
Stahl, E., Waller, L., Tinline, R., and Nadin-Davis, S. (2006, to appear)
"Unifying the spatial
population dynamics and molecular evolution of epidemic rabies virus".
Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.
Jackson, M.C. and Waller, L.A. (2006, to appear) "Exploring goodness-of-fit and
spatial correlation using components of Tango's index of spatial clustering".
Cook, C.B., Naylor, D.B., Hentz, J.G., Miller, W.J., Tsui, C., Ziemer, D.C., and
Waller, L.A. (2006, to appear) "Disparities in diabetes-related
hospitalizations: Relationship of age, sex, and race/ethnicity with hospital
discharges, length of stay and direct patient charges". Ethnicity & Disease.
Waller, L.A., Goodwin, B.J., Wilson, M.L., Ostfeld, R.S., Marshall, S.L., and
Hayes, E.B. (2006, to appear) "Spatio-temporal patterns in county-level
incidence and reporting of Lyme disease in the northeastern United States,
1900-2000". Environmental and Ecological Statistics 13.
Boyd, H.A., Flanders, W.D., Addiss, D.A., and Waller, L.A. (2005) "Residual
spatial correlation between geographically referenced observations: A Bayesian
hierarchical modeling approach". Epidemiology 16, 532-541.
Real, L.A., Russell, C., Waller, L., Smith, D., and Childs, J. (2005) "Spatial
dynamics and molecular ecology of North American rabies". Journal of Heredity
Pickle, L.W., Waller, L.A., and Lawson, A.B. (2005) "Current practices in cancer
spatial data analysis: a call for guidance". International Journal of Health
Geographics 4:3 (13 January 2005).
Gorman, D.M., Gruenewald, P.J., Hanlon, P.J., Mezic, I., Waller, L.A.,
Castillo-Chavez, C., Bradley, E., and Mezic, J. (2004) "Implications of systems
dynamic models and control theory for environmental approaches to the prevention
of alcohol- and other drug-related problems". Substance Use and Misuse.
Boyd, H., Waller, L., Flanders, W.D., Beach, M., Sivilus, J., Lovince, R.,
Lammie, P., and Addiss, D. (2004). "Community- and individual-level determinants
of Wuchereria bancrofti infection in Leogane Commune, Haiti". American
Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 70, 266-272.
Waller, L.A. (2004) "Surveilling surveillance". An invited commentary of "A
generalized linear mixed models approach for detecting incident clusters of
disease in small areas, with an
application to biological terrorism" by K. Kleinman et al. American Journal
of Epidemiology 159, 225-227.
Bowman, F.D. and Waller, L.A. (2004) "Exploring models for cardiac imaging data
with spatial correlation". Statistics in Medicine 23, 965-985.
Russell, C.A., Smith, D.A., Waller, L.A., Childs, J.E., and Real, L.A. (2004) "A
priori prediction of disease invasion dynamics in a novel environment."
Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences. 271:1534,
Adgate, J.L., Ramachandran, G., Pratt, G.C., Waller, L.A., and Sexton, K.
(2003). "Longitudinal variability in outdoor, indoor, and personal PM2.5
exposure in healthy non-smoking adults". Atmospheric Environment. 37,
English, P.B., Kharrazi, M., Davies, S., Scalf, R., Waller, L., and Neutra, R.
(2003). "Changes in the spatial pattern of low birth weight in a southern
California county: the role of individual and neighborhood level factors".
Social Science and Medicine 56, 2073-2088.
Waller, L.A. and Barclay, A.B. (2003) "`Agile' GIS: Building
application-specific spatial analytic software from freely available software
components". Chance. 16, 39-44.
Waller, L.A., Smith, D., Real, L.A., and Childs, J. (2003) "Monte Carlo
assessments of goodness of fit for ecological simulation models". Ecological
Modelling 164, 49-63.
Adgate, J.L., Ramachandran, G., Pratt, G.C., Waller, L.A., and Sexton, K.
(2002). "Spatial and temporal variability in outdoor, indoor, and personal PM2.5
exposure". Atmospheric Environment. 36, 3255-3265.
Haran, M., Carlin, B.P., Adgate, J.L., Ramachandran, G., Waller, L.A., and
Gelfand, A.E. (2002). "Hierarchical Bayes models for relating particulate matter
exposure measures". In Case Studies in Bayesian Statistics, Volume VI, C.
Gatsonis, et al. (eds). Springer-Verlag: New York, pp. 239-254.
Lucey, B.T., Russell, C.A., Smith, D., Wilson, M.L., Long, A., Waller, L.A.,
Childs, J.E., and Real, L.A. (2002) "Spatio-temporal analysis of epizootic
raccoon rabies propagation
in Connecticut, 1991-1995''. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Tassone, E. et al. DisparityMeasures.ps
English, P.B., Kharrazi, M., Davies, S., Scalf, R.,Waller, L., and
Neutra, R. (2002, to appear). Changes in the spatial pattern of low birth
in a southern California county: the role of individual and neighborhood
level factors. Social Science and Medicine.
Haran, M., Carlin, B.P., Adgate, J.L., Ramachandran, G., Waller, L.A.,
and Gelfand, A.E. (2002, to appear). Hierarchical Bayes models for relating
particulate matter exposure measures. In Case Studies in Bayesian Statistics,
Volume VI, C. Gatsonis, et al. (eds). Springer-Verlag: New York.
Smith, D., Lucey, B., Waller, L.A., Childs, J.E., and Real, L.A.
(2002) Predicting the spatial dynamics of rabies epidemics on heterogeneous
landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.
Sexton, K., Waller, L.A., McMaster, R.B., Maldonado, G., and Adgate,
J.L. (2002). The importance of spatial effects for environmental health
policy and research. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. 8, 109-125.
Waller, L.A. (2000). A Civil Action and issues in statistical assessments
of the spatial pattern of disease: Do we have a cluster? Regulatory
Toxicology and Pharmacology. 32, 174-183.
Wakefield, J., Best, N., and Waller, L.A. (2000). Bayesian approaches
to disease mapping. In Spatial Epidemiology: Methods and Applications,
P. Elliott, J.C. Wakefield, N.G. Best, and D.J. Briggs, eds. Oxford University
Press, Oxford. pp. 106-127.
When not investigating spatial statistics, we find Lance
preparing part of a hadrosaur scapula at the
Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta (2002)
hoisting a pint at the John Snow Pub in London (2006),
playing "Abbey Road" outside the Abbey Road Studios (2006),
sitting in with the Nightcrawlers at JSM 2005,
or standing on a log in Colorado...
in order to mount his trusty steed for a horseback ride with Alisha!
The Waller kids and friend (Allyn (10), Adrian (6.5), and
Matthew (8)) (2006)
Link to Colorado pictures
Environmental Justice Web Sites
Mobius 9 photos
Last updated: 8/9/02
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