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Hi! My name is Emily Van Meter, and I am an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. I am a faculty member in the Biostatistics Shared Resource Facility at the Markey Cancer Center as well as the Division of Cancer Biostatistics located within the College of Public Health. 

                       Emily Van Meter

I completed my Ph.D. in Biostatistics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC in August 2010. I also completed my M.S. in Biostatistics at MUSC in 2009, and I received my B.S. in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Statistics and a minor in Music at Clemson University in 2005. 

Research Interests

My current research interests include design, implementation, and conduct of investigator initiated trials at Markey. My dissertation focused on adaptive designs for dose finding clinical trials with ordinal toxicity grading. My dissertation advisor at MUSC was Dr. Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, associate director of Biostatistics at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. Aims included developing an extension of the CRM to incorporate ordinal toxicity grading as specified by Common Toxicity Criteria using the proportional odds model, as well as a alternative ordinal continuation ratio model for dose finding designs. I also developed a R library package, ordcrm, for the proportional odds dose finding design, continuation ratio model design, and the original likelihood-based binary CRM. I also have continued interest in other adaptive clinical trial designs, including Bayesian methods, designs for targeted agents, mixed toxicitiy and efficacy models,  seamless phase II/III designs, and Bayesian Interim Monitoring.

I have also worked on multiple collaborative projects between colleagues at MUSC and the University of South Carolina. I conducted a simulation study in R to evaluate the statistical properties of spatial measures for nutritional accessibility and availability. 

I also had the opportunity while working on my PhD at MUSC to focus research in neuroscience applications. I took the Medical Neuroscience course with first year medical students at MUSC, and it allowed me to see the clinical perspective of neurological disorders, brain and spine injuries, and brain tumors. As a result of this class, I better understand how my skills as a biostatistician can aid in the design and implementation of neuroscience and oncology clinical trials, and I enjoy working collaboratively with clinicians on the design and analysis of clinical trials. 

About Me

I have a passion for music and received a music minor from Clemson University. I also had an opportunity to learn sign language during my undergraduate education. I  have a younger sister, a deaf education high school teacher, and a younger brother that just got his first "real" job both living in Atlanta, GA. I also enjoy taking vacations back to the beach in Charleston, playing with my dogs Bailey and Cooper, and spending time with family and friends! 


This is my dog Bailey!


And this is little Miss Cooper!

As a huge college football fan, I am first and foremost a Clemson Tiger fan! I also grew up with UK basketball and enjoy cheering on the Wildcats!

Since the move from Charleston, SC, Dane and I currently spend most of our free time exploring the beautiful Bluegrass state! You can often find us at Keeneland horse races in the Spring and Fall and trying out any new restaurants and micro-breweries in Lexington! We also got engaged this past February and are planning a wedding in Pawleys Island for Fall 2014!!!

We still have our little house here in Lexington, which is keeping us quite busy! Being a homeowner is a little overwhelming, but fun! Here's a pic from Winter 2011. Tons of home improvements have been quite a learning experience and there is never a dull moment around here!

Contact Me

imageEmily Van Meter, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
College of Public Health, Division of Cancer Biostatistics
Biostatistics Shared Resource Facility, Markey Cancer Center
800 Rose Street, Roach Building, CC437
Lexington, KY 40536
Office: (859) 323-3076
                                                    Email: emily.vanmeter@uky.edu

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