Frances M. Yang

Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Georgia Regents University in Athens, GA. Prior to this she was an Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Research Scientist with the Hebrew SeniorLife, Institute for Aging Research. She is a gerontologist with methodology training in mental health and minority aging research. Her measurement background is in item response theory with experience working within the Mplus, IRTLRDIF/MULTILOG, Parscale/Difwithpar, and DFIT frameworks. Dr. Yang’s main interest, as evidenced through her publications, is to examine the validity of depression and cognitive measures for older adults. As the Principal Investigator of the NARSAD Young Investigator Award, entitled: “Developing a clinically- and culturally-sensitive depression screening tool for diverse older adults with cardiovascular diseases and risk factors,” she has published groundbreaking manuscripts examining the measurement bias found in depression items due to sociodemographic and chronic health differences in the Health and Retirement Study and New Haven Established Populations for Epidemiological Studies of the Elderly. In 2010-11, Dr. Yang was the Principal Investigator of a Rush University Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center Pilot Award, “Differential Cognitive Impairment in Late Life due to Vascular and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology”, to determine longitudinal neuropsychological profiles of Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia as early as 10 years prior to death using longitudinal multiple indicator, multiple causes (MIMIC) models. As a member of CRΘM, Dr. Yang aims to translate cutting-edge methodology in latent variable modeling into accessible methods for clinical and epidemiological research. Her current bio and research interests are outlined here:

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