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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Yale: New Faculty, Fan Li – Biostatistician, Urban Explorer, Museum Goer

The Yale School of Public Health has proudly welcomed 13 new tenure track faculty this academic year. These individuals bring a broad range of research, scholarship, and teaching expertise to the school and will be instrumental in helping us address many of the public health challenges of the 21st century.

Dr. Fan Li is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and holds a PhD. (2019) and an MS (2014) in biostatistics from Duke University. Besides his independent research, Dr. Li will be working with Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics, Dr. Donna Spiegelman, in the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science.

Describe your primary academic focus or research specialty?

Dr. Fan Li: As a biostatistician, my research interests include developing statistical methods for the design and analysis of pragmatic cluster randomized trials. Cluster randomized trials differ from traditional randomized controlled trials in that intact clusters of participants, such as groups of patients in hospitals or clinics, are randomized to an intervention. Analytical strategies must therefore account for this participant clustering. These pragmatic studies are increasingly conducted within healthcare delivery systems so that the we can learn the comparative effectiveness of certain interventions for a real-world population.

My current research focuses on a popular variant of cluster randomized trials, namely “stepped wedge cluster randomized trials”, where the interventions are sequentially assigned to randomly selected groups of clusters until there is complete roll-out among all clusters.

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