Data and Statistical Core Director
VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
Aurora, Colorado – United States
Dr. Jeri Forster obtained a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2006. She began work as a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver in the 2006, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. In 2007, Dr. Forster began providing biostatistical consulting to the Denver VA Medical Center Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) on a number of projects and studies related to TBI, PTSD and suicide risk. This collaboration grew over the next 5 years and Dr. Forster joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC team as the Director of the newly formed Data and Statistical Core (DASC) in 2012.
Her contributions include: Coordinating and building the infrastructure of the DASC with its members; continuing the growth of the DASC through strategic planning with the group; serving as Co-Investigator on multiple projects; providing expert consultation on study design, hypothesis refinement, and statistical considerations on numerous projects; and aiding in development of presentations and manuscripts with input on results, interpretation, graphs, tables, and statistical analysis descriptions. Dr. Forster has mentored junior investigators who wish to perform analyses for their projects and provided Post Doctoral Fellows with more in-depth mentoring regarding project development from a statistical perspective. Additionally, Dr. Forster serves on the Research Oversight Committee at the MIRECC which reviews all MIRECC projects. Lastly, she maintains an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics.
Thursday, November 7
3:16 PM – 3:33 PM