Laina Mercer is a Research Statistician at the Institute for Disease Modeling working to support initiatives related to polio eradication, vaccine delivery, and reproductive health.   She holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Washington where her dissertation research was related to statistical methods for space-time smoothing of surveillance and complex survey data with applications in demography and public health. While at the University of Washington, Laina was a fellow at the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology and she served as Chair of Statistics in the Community (StatCom), a student-run volunteer organization which provides statistical consulting services free of charge to non-profit community and governmental groups.

Laina also holds an MS in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and a BS in Mathematics from Western Washington University. She previously worked with Seattle Children's Research Institute in the Children's Core for Biomedical Statistics, specifically in medical research for pediatric transplantation and surgery and at the Fred Hutch in the Tobacco & Health Behavior Science Research Group, investigating behavioral interventions for smoking cessation.

Biography

Laina Mercer is a Research Statistician at the Institute for Disease Modeling working to support initiatives related to polio eradication, vaccine delivery, and reproductive health.   She holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Washington where her dissertation research was related to statistical methods for space-time smoothing of surveillance and complex survey data with applications in demography and public health. While at the University of Washington, Laina was a fellow at the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology and she served as Chair of Statistics in the Community (StatCom), a student-run volunteer organization which provides statistical consulting services free of charge to non-profit community and governmental groups.

Laina also holds an MS in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and a BS in Mathematics from Western Washington University. She previously worked with Seattle Children's Research Institute in the Children's Core for Biomedical Statistics, specifically in medical research for pediatric transplantation and surgery and at the Fred Hutch in the Tobacco & Health Behavior Science Research Group, investigating behavioral interventions for smoking cessation.

Publications

Friday, December 28, 2018
The polio environmental surveillance (ES) system has been an incredible tool for advancing polio eradication efforts because of its ability to highlight the spatial and temporal extent of poliovirus c
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Friday, November 30, 2018
Our flexible modeling framework directly informs programmatic decision-making by identifying age-parity-state subgroups with large rates of unmet need, highlights conflicting trends across survey inst
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
In collaboration with the Pakistan polio program we used a hierarchical Bayesian framework to develop a spatial Poisson hurdle model to jointly model the probability of one or more paralytic polio cas
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
We evaluate the risk that using the oral polio vaccine (OPV, a live, attenuated vaccine) in a highly susceptible population after OPV cessation will result in transmission and survival of the attenuat
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Friday, September 8, 2017

We evaluated the global cessation of the type 2 oral polio vaccine by modeling pre- and post-cessation detection rates in order to identify anomalous detections that may indicate prolonged circulat

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