Laura Forsberg White, PhD

Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Laura White
Crosstown Center – CT325
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Laura Forsberg White, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Boston University. She is interested in the development of novel methodologies for the detection of disease outbreaks, as well as statistical methods for public health surveillance systems, including spatial statistics and time series. Laura’s research interests also include monitoring and rapidly estimating key parameters that quantify the spread of an infectious disease epidemic, for instance Avian Influenza, a bioterrorist event, or new, emerging disease. She has developed methods to estimate heterogeneity in these parameters and further studied their properties in real outbreaks. She also collaborates on several projects with the Black Women’s Health Study relating to pollution, urban form and health and asthma among minority populations. Additionally she works with several large international household contact studies focused on Tuberculosis. At SPH, she teaches Public Health Surveillance: A Methods Based Approach (BS 728) and Disease Outbreak Investigations (EP 800).

Other Positions:

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health


  • Harvard University, PhD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, SM
  • Utah State University, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS728
  • SPHEP800


  • Published on 4/12/2015

    Gardiner P, Filippelli AC, Sadikova E, White LF, Jack BW. Medication and Dietary Supplement Interactions among a Low-Income, Hospitalized Patient Population Who Take Cardiac Medications. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015:429826.

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  • Published on 3/20/2015

    Gardiner P, Sadikova E, Filippelli AC, Mitchell S, White LF, Saper R, Kaptchuk TJ, Jack BW, Fredman L. Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques use among underserved inpatients in an inner city hospital. Complement Ther Med. 2015 Jun; 23(3):405-12.

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  • Published on 3/20/2015

    Moser CB, Gupta M, Archer BN, White LF. The impact of prior information on estimates of disease transmissibility using bayesian tools. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0118762.

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  • Published on 2/11/2015

    Etemad B, Ghulam-Smith M, Gonzalez O, White LF, Sagar M. Single genome amplification and standard bulk PCR yield HIV-1 envelope products with similar genotypic and phenotypic characteristics. J Virol Methods. 2015 Mar; 214:46-53.

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  • Published on 1/14/2015

    Gardiner P, Sadikova E, Filippelli AC, White LF, Jack BW. Medical reconciliation of dietary supplements: Don''t ask, don''t tell. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Apr; 98(4):512-7.

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  • Published on 9/30/2014

    Wang CT, Greenwood N, White LF, Wilkinson J. Measuring preparedness for mammography in women with intellectual disabilities: a validation study of the mammography preparedness measure. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2015 May; 28(3):212-22.

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  • Published on 9/3/2014

    Freiman JM, Huang W, White LF, Geng EH, Hurt CB, Taylor LE, Overton ET, Cachay ER, Kitahata MM, Moore RD, Rodriguez B, Mayer KH, Linas BP. Current Practices of Screening for Incident Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection Among HIV-Infected, HCV-Uninfected Individuals in Primary Care. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Dec 15; 59(12):1686-93.

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  • Published on 3/21/2014

    White LF, Archer B, Pagano M. Determining the dynamics of influenza transmission by age. Emerg Themes Epidemiol. 2014; 11(1):4.

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  • Published on 2/25/2014

    Wilkinson J, Greenwood NW, Wang CT, White LF, Culpepper L. Measuring staff empowerment regarding health care for clients with intellectual disabilities. Int J Family Med. 2014; 2014:678127.

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  • Published on 8/1/2013

    Gardiner P, Whelan J, White LF, Filippelli AC, Bharmal N, Kaptchuk TJ. A systematic review of the prevalence of herb usage among racial/ethnic minorities in the United States. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Aug; 15(4):817-28.

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