Laura Forsberg White, PhD

Associate Professor, Biostatistics
Laura White
617-358-2519lfwhite@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 312
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Biography

Laura Forsberg White, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Boston University. She is interested in developing statistical tools to better understand the transmission dynamics and epidemiology of infectious diseases and substance use disorders. She has developed methods to estimate transmission parameters. Her work involves the development of novel methodologies for the detection of disease outbreaks, as well as the application statistical methods for public health surveillance systems, including spatial statistics and time series. Dr White's work includes applications and collaborations in Tuberculosis, Hepatitis C, HIV, and substance use disorders. She works with several large international studies focused on Tuberculosis and is part of the Boston Providence Center for AIDS Research. She leads her own research group focused on developing statistical methods to better understand TB transmission and burden, as well as Covid-19 transmission dynamics. At SPH, she teaches Public Health Surveillance: A Methods Based Approach (BS 728).

Other Positions

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Education

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

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS728
  • SPHBS980

Publications

  • Published on 11/2/2020

    Ma Y, Jenkins HE, Sebastiani P, Ellner JJ, Jones-López EC, Dietze R, Horsburgh CR, White LF. Using Cure Models to Estimate the Serial Interval of Tuberculosis With Limited Follow-up. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Nov 02; 189(11):1421-1426. PMID: 32458995.

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  • Published on 10/9/2020

    White LF, Moser CB, Thompson RN, Pagano M. Statistical Estimation of the Reproductive Number From Case Notification Data. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Oct 09. PMID: 33034345.

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  • Published on 9/30/2020

    Sagar M, Reifler K, Rossi M, Miller NS, Sinha P, White L, Mizgerd JP. Recent endemic coronavirus infection is associated with less severe COVID-19. J Clin Invest. 2020 Sep 30. PMID: 32997649.

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  • Published on 9/2/2020

    Assoumou SA, Paniagua SM, Linas BP, Wang J, Samet JH, Hall J, White LF, Beckwith CG. Rapid Versus Laboratory-Based Testing for HIV and Hepatitis C at a Drug Detoxification Treatment Center: A Randomized Trial. J Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 02; 222(Supplement_5):S376-S383. PMID: 32877557.

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  • Published on 7/27/2020

    Kimmel SD, Walley AY, Linas BP, Kalesan B, Awtry E, Dobrilovic N, White L, LaRochelle M. Effect of Publicly Reported Aortic Valve Surgery Outcomes on Valve Surgery in Injection Drug- and Non-Injection Drug-Associated Endocarditis. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 27; 71(3):480-487. PMID: 31598642.

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  • Published on 7/25/2020

    Sinha P, Mostaghim A, Bielick CG, McLaughlin A, Hamer DH, Wetzler LM, Bhadelia N, Fagan MA, Linas BP, Assoumou SA, Ieong MH, Lin NH, Cooper ER, Brade KD, White LF, Barlam TF, Sagar M. Early administration of interleukin-6 inhibitors for patients with severe COVID-19 disease is associated with decreased intubation, reduced mortality, and increased discharge. Int J Infect Dis. 2020 Oct; 99:28-33. PMID: 32721528.

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  • Published on 7/18/2020

    Eddy JJ, Gadani KM, Tibbs A, Bernardo J, Cochran J, White LF, Horsburgh CR, Jacobson KR. Increasing Drug Resistance Among Persons With Tuberculosis in Massachusetts, 2009-2018. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Aug; 7(8):ofaa300. PMID: 32855987.

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  • Published on 6/20/2020

    Gostic KM, McGough L, Baskerville E, Abbott S, Joshi K, Tedijanto C, Kahn R, Niehus R, Hay JA, De Salazar PM, Hellewell J, Meakin S, Munday J, Bosse N, Sherratt K, Thompson RM, White LF, Huisman J, Scire J, Bonhoeffer S, Stadler T, Wallinga J, Funk S, Lipsitch M, Cobey S. Practical considerations for measuring the effective reproductive number, Rt. medRxiv. 2020 Jun 20. PMID: 32607522.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Leavitt SV, Lee RS, Sebastiani P, Horsburgh CR, Jenkins HE, White LF. Estimating the relative probability of direct transmission between infectious disease patients. Int J Epidemiol. 2020 06 01; 49(3):764-775. PMID: 32211747.

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  • Published on 2/27/2020

    White LF, Jiang W, Ma Y, So-Armah K, Samet JH, Cheng DM. Tutorial in Biostatistics: The use of generalized additive models to evaluate alcohol consumption as an exposure variable. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 04 01; 209:107944. PMID: 32145664.

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