Rebecca A Hubbard, Ph.D.

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Professor of Biostatistics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Contact information
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Informatics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
604 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-898-3311
Fax: 215-573-4865
B.S. (Ecology & Evolution, summa cum laude)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1999.
M.Sc. (Epidemiology)
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 2001.
M.Sc. (Applied Statistics, with honors)
Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 2002.
Ph.D. (Biostatistics)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA , 2007.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Hubbard's research focuses on development and application of statistical methodology for studies using observational data from community medical practice. This work encompasses evaluation of screening and diagnostic test performance, methods for comparative effectiveness studies, and health services research. A wealth of data on healthcare utilization, performance, and outcomes are available from electronic medical records. However, the complex observation scheme giving rise to these data necessitates careful study design and analysis to ensure that inference is valid. Dr. Hubbard’s methodological research emphasizes development of statistical tools for such inference and has been applied to studies of cancer screening, aging and dementia, pharmacoepidemiology, women’s health, and behavioral health.

Selected Publications

Ellis DE, Hubbard RA, Willis AW, Zuppa AF, Zaoutis TE, Hennessy S: Comparative neurological safety of fluoroquinolones vs. therapeutic alternatives. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety 30(6): 797-805. June 2021.

Huang W, Schinasi LH, Kenyon C, Moore K, Melly S, Hubbard RA, Zhao Y, Diez Roux AV, Forrest CB, Maltenfort M, J De Roos AJ: Effects of ambient air pollution on childhood asthma exacerbation in the Philadelphia metropolitan region, 2011 – 2014. Environmental Research 197: 110955, June 2021.

Harton J, Mamtani R, Mitra N, Hubbard RA: Bias reduction methods for propensity scores estimated from error-prone EHR-derived covariates. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology 21(2): 169-187, June 2021.

VanderBeek BL, Hubbard RA, Ying GS: Survival analysis vs. longitudinal modeling with multiple imputation, a false dichotomy. JAMA Ophthalmology 139(5): 588, May 2021.

Courts KA, Hubbard RA, Kersten HB, Klusaritz H: Stability of food insecurity status in paediatric primary care. Public Health Nutrition 24(5): 845-850, April 2021.

Mamtani R, Lund J, Hubbard RA: Considering the totality of evidence: Combining real-world data with clinical trial results to better inform decision-making. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety 30: 814-816, March 2021.

Wang L, Schnall J, Small A, Hubbard RA, Moore J, Damrauer S, Chen J: Case contamination in electronic health records-based case-control studies. Biometrics 77(1): 67-77, March 2021.

Sun L, Parikh RB, Hubbard RA, Cashy J, Takvorian SU, Vaughn DJ, Robinson KW, Narayan V, Ky B: Assessment and management of cardiovascular risk factors among US Veterans with prostate cancer initiating androgen deprivation therapy. JAMA Network Open 4(2): e210070, February 2021.

Mahmud N, Fricker Z, Hubbard RA, Ioannou G, Lewis JD, Taddei TH, Rothstein KD, Serper M, Goldberg D, Kaplan DE: Risk prediction models for post-operative mortality in patients with cirrhosis: A retrospective cohort study. Hepatology 73(1): 204-218, January 2021.

Hubbard RA, Xu J, Chen Y, Siegel R, Eneli I: Studying pediatric health outcomes with electronic health records using Bayesian clustering and trajectory analysis. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 113: 103654, January 2021.

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Last updated: 08/01/2021
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