Michael L. Berbaum, PhD

Director, Methodology Research Core

Dr. Michael L. Berbaum is the director and senior biostatistician of the Institute's Methodology Research Core. He also is an IHRP Fellow and collaborates as a co-investigator on various research projects at IHRP and elsewhere in UIC.

Throughout his career, Dr. Berbaum has provided statistical support to investigators in multidisciplinary health and community prevention studies as well as social sciences research.

Dr. Berbaum's research interests include applications of ordinal regression techniques to studies of diagnostic performance in radiology and studies of pain control. He also is interested in the resolution of statistical complications that arise from clustering, missing data, and sample selection in health studies.

For more than 30 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.

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.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Below are some peer-reviewed articles co-authored by Dr. Berbaum. For a more detailed list, see this PubMed selection.

Hughes SL, Tussing-Humphreys L, Schiffer L, Smith-Ray R, Marquez DX, DeMott AD, Berbaum ML, Fitzgibbon ML. Fit & Strong! Plus Trial Outcomes for Obese Older Adults with Osteoarthritis. Gerontologist. 2020 Apr 2;60(3):558-570. doi: 10.1093/geront/gny146.

Hynes DM, Fischer M, Fitzgibbon M, Porter AC, Berbaum M, Schiffer L, Chukwudozie IB, Nguyen H, Arruda J. Integrating a Medical Home in an Outpatient Dialysis Setting: Effects on Health-Related Quality of Life. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct;34(10):2130-2140. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05154-9. Epub 2019 Jul 24.

Buscemi J, Odoms-Young A, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Blumstein L, Clark MH, Berbaum ML, McCaffrey J, Braunschweig C, Fitzgibbon ML. Comparative Effectiveness Trial of an Obesity Prevention Intervention in EFNEP and SNAP-ED: Primary Outcomes. Nutrients. 2019 May 5;11(5). pii: E1012. doi: 10.3390/nu11051012.

Duran AC, Zenk SN, Tarlov E, Duda S, Smith G, Lee JM, Berbaum ML. Foreclosures and weight gain: Differential associations by longer neighborhood exposure. Prev Med. 2019 Jan;118:23-29. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.07.009. Epub 2018 Jul 17.

Chukwudozie IB, Fitzgibbon ML, Schiffer L, Berbaum M, Gilmartin C, David P, Ekpo E, Fischer MJ, Porter AC, Aziz-Bradley A, Hynes DM. Facilitating primary care provider use in a patient-centered medical home intervention study for chronic hemodialysis patients. Transl Behav Med. 2018 May 23;8(3):341-350. doi: 10.1093/tbm/iby021.

Danziger RS, Berbaum ML. Pragmatic statistical issues in biological research: Introduction to special series. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2018 Mar 24. pii: S0022-2828(18)30084-1.

Zenk SN, Tarlov E, Powell LM, Wing C, Matthews SA, Slater S, Gordon HS, Berbaum M, Fitzgibbon ML. Weight and Veterans' Environments Study (WAVES) I and II: Rationale, Methods, and Cohort Characteristics. Am J Health Promot. 2018 Mar;32(3):779-794. doi: 10.1177/0890117117694448.

Muramatsu N, Yin L, Berbaum ML, Marquez DX, Jurivich DA, Zanoni JP, Cruz Madrid KY, Walton SM. Promoting Seniors' Health With Home Care Aides: A Pilot. Gerontologist. 2018 Jul 13;58(4):779-788. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx101.

Desai P, Nasa P, Soo J, Jia C, Berbaum ML, Fischer JH, Johnson TP. Effects of Regulatory Support Services on Institutional Review Board Turnaround Times. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2017 Jul;12(3):131-139. doi: 10.1177/1556264617704294.

Dabbous FM, Dolecek TA, Berbaum ML, Friedewald SM, Summerfelt WT, Hoskins K, Rauscher GH. Impact of a False-Positive Screening Mammogram on Subsequent Screening Behavior and Stage at Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Mar;26(3):397-403.

Hedeker D, Mermelstein RJ, Demirtas H, Berbaum ML. A Mixed-effects Location-Scale Model for Ordinal Questionnaire Data. Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol. 2016 Sep;16(3):117-131. DOI:10.1007/s10742-016-0145-9

Muramatsu N, Madrigal J, Berbaum ML, Henderson VA, Jurivich DA, Zanoni J, Marquez DX, Madrid KC. Co-learning with home care aides and their clients: collaboratively increasing individual and organizational capacities. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2015;36(3):261-77. [See abstract.]

Marquez DX, Wilbur J, Hughes S, Berbaum ML, Wilson R, Buchner DM, McAuley E. B.A.I.L.A. - A Latin dance randomized controlled trial for older Spanish-speaking Latinos: rationale, design, and methods. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jul;38(2):397-408. [See abstract.]