Michael P. LaValley, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Michael LaValley
(617) 638-5186mlava@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT322
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Michael LaValley, PhD. is a Professor of Biostatistics at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he teaches courses on logistic regression, survival analysis and meta-analysis. Mike’s research efforts are focused on meta-analysis of study results, analysis of ordered categorical data, survival analysis, clinical trials, and outcome assessment in arthritis studies. He has also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer math and science teacher in Nepal in the late 1980s. He has a BA in Mathematics from American International College, a MA in Mathematics from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Penn State University. He joined the faculty at Boston University after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Mike also serves as the Research Direction for the BU Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) and is an Associate Editor for the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • American International College, BA
  • Ohio State University, MS
  • Pennsylvania State University, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS810
  • SPHBS820
  • SPHBS980
  • SPHBS980


  • Published on 11/3/2016

    Ngwa JS, Cabral HJ, Cheng DM, Pencina MJ, Gagnon DR, LaValley MP, Cupples LA. A comparison of time dependent Cox regression, pooled logistic regression and cross sectional pooling with simulations and an application to the Framingham Heart Study. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2016 Nov 3; 16(1):148. PMID: 27809784.

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  • Published on 8/2/2016

    Shrestha D, Liu S, Hammond SK, LaValley MP, Weiner DE, Eisen EA, Applebaum KM. Risk of renal cell carcinoma following exposure to metalworking fluids among autoworkers. Occup Environ Med. 2016 Oct; 73(10):656-62. PMID: 27484955.

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  • Published on 7/27/2016

    Alheresh R, Vaughan M, LaValley MP, Coster W, Keysor JJ. Critical Appraisal of the Quality of Literature Evaluating Psychometric Properties of Arthritis Work Outcome Assessments: A Systematic Review. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Sep; 68(9):1354-70. PMID: 26679938.

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  • Published on 6/22/2016

    Nguyen UD, Zhang Y, Louie-Gao Q, Niu J, Felson DT, LaValley MP, Choi HK. The Obesity Paradox in Recurrent Attacks of Gout in Observational Studies: Clarification and Remedy. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Jun 22. PMID: 27331767.

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  • Published on 6/14/2016

    Keysor JJ, AlHeresh R, Vaughan M, LaValley MP, Allaire S. The Work-It Study for people with arthritis: Study protocol and baseline sample characteristics. Work. 2016 Jun 14; 54(2):473-80. PMID: 27315415.

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  • Published on 4/18/2016

    Durán J, Bockorny M, Dalal D, LaValley M, Felson DT. Methotrexate dosage as a source of bias in biological trials in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review. Ann Rheum Dis. 2016 Sep; 75(9):1595-8. PMID: 27091836.

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  • Published on 3/1/2016

    Øiestad BE, White DK, Booton R, Niu J, Zhang Y, Torner J, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, LaValley M, Felson DT. Longitudinal Course of Physical Function in People With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis: Data From the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study and the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Mar; 68(3):325-31. PMID: 26236919.

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  • Published on 2/29/2016

    Wise LA, Sponholtz TR, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell LL, Kuohung W, LaValley MP, Palmer JR. History of uterine leiomyoma and risk of endometrial cancer in black women. Cancer Causes Control. 2016 Apr; 27(4):545-52. PMID: 26923705.

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  • Published on 12/15/2015

    Useem J, Brennan A, LaValley M, Vickery M, Ameli O, Reinen N, Gill CJ. Systematic Differences between Cochrane and Non-Cochrane Meta-Analyses on the Same Topic: A Matched Pair Analysis. PLoS One. 2015; 10(12):e0144980. PMID: 26671213.

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  • Published on 11/17/2015

    Vaughan M, LaValley MP, AlHeresh R, Keysor JJ. Which Features of the Environment Impact Community Participation of Older Adults? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Aging Health. 2016 Sep; 28(6):957-78. PMID: 26578546.

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