Michael L. Berbaum, PhD

Director, Methodology Research Core

Dr. Michael L. Berbaum has provided statistical support to numerous investigators in health and community prevention studies throughout his career. His current research interests include applications of ordinal regression to diagnostic performance in radiology and to studies of pain. Prior to joining the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy in 2000, he was a research social scientist at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Alabama.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Berbaum has taught advanced graduate-level courses at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences at the University of Michigan. Topics of those courses include experimental design, analysis of variance, and advanced categorical data analysis with a focus on models for longitudinal multi-strata and multi-level designs.

Research Interests

Applications of ordinal regression techniques to diagnostic radiology and to studies of pain control. Also interested in the resolution of statistical complications that arise from clustering, missing data, and sample selection in health studies.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Buscemi J, Odoms-Young A, Stolley ML, Blumstein L, Schiffer L, Berbaum ML, McCaffrey J, Montoya AM, Braunschweig C, Fitzgibbon ML. Adaptation and dissemination of an evidence-based obesity prevention intervention: design of a comparative effectiveness trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jun 18. [See abstract.]

Kong A, Odoms-Young AM, Schiffer LA, Kim Y, Berbaum ML, Porter SJ, Blumstein LB, Bess SL, Fitzgibbon ML. The 18-month impact of special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children food package revisions on diets of recipient families. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jun;46(6):543-51. [See abstract.]

Day MA, Rich MA, Thorn BE, Berbaum ML, Mangieri EA. A placebo-controlled trial of midazolam as an adjunct to morphine patient-controlled analgesia after spinal surgery. J Clin Anesth. 2014 May 29.

Porter KR, Menon U, Vick NA, Villano JL, Berbaum ML, Davis FG. Assessment of clinical and nonclinical characteristics associated with health-related quality of life in patients with high-grade gliomas: a feasibility study. Support Care Cancer. 2014 May;22(5):1349-62. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Conant EF, Khan JA, Berbaum ML. Mammogram image quality as a potential contributor to disparities in breast cancer stage at diagnosis: an observational study. BMC Cancer. 2013 Apr 26;13(1):208. [See abstract.]

Odoms-Young AM, Kong A, Schiffer LA, Porter SJ, Blumstein L, Bess S, Berbaum ML, Fitzgibbon ML. Evaluating the initial impact of the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food packages on dietary intake and home food availability in African-American and Hispanic families. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Jan;17(1):83-93. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Khan JA, Berbaum ML, Conant EF. Potentially missed detection with screening mammography: does the quality of radiologist's interpretation vary by patient socioeconomic advantage/disadvantage? Ann Epidemiol. 2013 Apr;23(4):210-4. Epub 2013 Mar 1. [See abstract.]

Kong A, Odoms-Young AM, Schiffer LA, Berbaum ML, Porter SJ, Blumstein L, Fitzgibbon ML. Racial/ethnic differences in dietary intake among WIC families prior to food package revisions. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Jan;45(1):39-46. [See abstract.]

Gerber BS, Rapacki L, Castillo A, Tilton J, Touchette DR, Mihailescu D, Berbaum ML, Sharp LK. Design of a trial to evaluate the impact of clinical pharmacists and community health promoters working with African-Americans and Latinos with diabetes. BMC Public Health. 2012 Oct 23;12(1):891. [See abstract.]

Matthews AK, Tejeda S, Johnson TP, Berbaum ML, Manfredi C. Correlates of quality of life among African American and white cancer survivors. Cancer Nurs. 2012 Sep;35(5):355-364. [See abstract.]

Curry SJ, Mermelstein RJ, Emery SL, Sporer AK, Berbaum ML, Campbell RT, Flay B, Warnecke RB. A national evaluation of community-based youth cessation programs: end of program and twelve-month outcomes. Am J Community Psychol. 2013 Mar;51(1-2):15-29. [See abstract.]

Porter KR, McCarthy BJ, Berbaum ML, Davis FG. Conditional survival of all primary brain tumor patients by age, behavior, and histology. Neuroepidemiology. 2011 Jun 16;36(4):230-239. [See abstract.]

Li K-K, Washburn I, DuBois DL, Vuchinich S, Ji P, Brechling V, Day J, Beets MW, Acock AC, Berbaum M, Snyder F, Flay BR. Effects of the Positive Action programme on problem behaviours in elementary school students: A matched-pair randomised control trial in Chicago. Psychol Health. 2011;26(2):187-204. [See abstract.]

Heinz AJ, Kassel JD, Berbaum M, Mermelstein R. Adolescents' expectancies for smoking to regulate affect predict smoking behavior and nicotine dependence over time. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2010 Sep 1;111(1-2):128-35. [See abstract.]

Gordon HS, Nowlin PR, Maynard D, Berbaum ML, Deswal A. Mortality after hospitalization for heart failure in blacks compared to whites. Am J Cardiol. 2010 Mar 1;105(5):694-700. [See abstract.]

Ruggiero L, Moadsiri A, Butler P, Oros SM, Berbaum ML, Whitman S, Cintron D. Supporting diabetes self-care in underserved populations: a randomized pilot study using medical assistant coaches. Diabetes Educ. 2010 Jan-Feb;36(1):127-31. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Curry SJ, Berbaum M, Schneider L. Short-term temporal stability in observed retail food characteristics. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2010 Jan-Feb;42(1)L26-32. [See abstract.]

Morrison JL, Cai Q, Davis N, Yan Y, Berbaum ML, Ries M, Solomon G. Clinical and economic outcomes of the electronic intensive care unit: Results from two community hospitals. Crit Care Med. 2010 Jan;38(1):2-8. [See abstract.]

Campbell RT, Berbaum ML. Analysis of data from complex surveys.  In: Marsden PV, Wright JD, eds. Handbook of Survey Research. 2nd ed. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.; 2010:221-259.

Sterling KL, Mermelstein R, Turner L, Diviak K, Flay B, Shiffman S. Examining the psychometric properties and predictive validity of a youth-specific version of the Nicotine Dependence Syndrome Scale (NDSS) among teens with varying levels of smoking Addict Behav. 2009 Jun-Jul;34(6-7):616-9. [See abstract.]

Hedeker D, Mermelstein RJ, Berbaum ML, Campbell RT. Modeling mood variation associated with smoking: an application of a heterogeneous mixed-effects model for analysis of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) data. Addiction. 2009 Feb;104(2):297-307. [See abstract.]

Jagers RJ, Morgan-Lopez AA, Flay BR; Aban Aya Investigators. The impact of age and type of intervention on youth violent behaviors. J Prim Prev. 2009;30(6):642-658.

Liu LC, Flay BR; Aban Aya Investigators. Evaluating mediation in longitudinal multivariate data mediation effects for the Aban Aya Youth Project drug prevention program. Prev Sci. 2009;10(3):197-207. [See abstract.]