Overview

  • After receiving a BS in Mathematics from Tennessee Wesleyan College and an MS in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University, I attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for my PhD in Biostatistics. My doctoral research proposed the marginalized zero-inflated Poisson model, focusing on providing marginal inference for count data with excess zeroes.

    I joined the UAB Department of Biostatistics in July 2016. My research interests include categorical data analysis, selection bias in cohort studies, and more generally, the application of novel statistical methods to public health research. I have collaborated across many disciplines, most recently in stroke and diabetes epidemiology, psychology, and injury prevention.

    I am the lead methodological statistician for the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, a cohort of over 30,000 black and white US adults over 45 at enrollment targeting better understanding of the excess burden of stroke among black Americans. I am also the Deputy Director of the Statistical and Data Coordinating Center for a PCORI-funded group-randomized controlled trial assessing the effect of post-stroke coordinated care.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Parenting stress and family resilience affect the association of adverse childhood experiences with children's mental health and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. 2020
    2019 C-reactive protein and stroke risk in blacks and whites: The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke cohort 2019
    2019 Average area under the curve: An alternative method for quantifying the dental caries experience in longitudinal studies 2019
    2019 Does the association of diabetes with stroke risk differ by age, race, and sex? Results from the reasons for geographic and racial differences in stroke (REGARDS) study 2019
    2019 An investigation of selection bias in estimating racial disparity in stroke risk factors 2019
    2019 Associations between cardiovascular disease, cancer, and very low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the REasons for Geographical and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study 2019
    2019 Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in Adults Aged ≥60 Years According to Recommendations by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association and American College of Physicians/American Academy of Family Physicians 2019
    2018 Associations between very low concentrations of low density lipoprotein cholesterol, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, and health outcomes in the Reasons for Geographical and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study 2018
    2018 Association of Clinical and Social Factors with Excess Hypertension Risk in Black Compared with White US Adults 2018
    2018 Comparison of carotid plaque burden among healthy middle-aged men living in the US, Japan, and South Korea 2018
    2018 "Trending" statistical methods. 2018
    2018 Can Adolescent Drivers’ Motor Vehicle Crash Risk Be Reduced by Pre-Licensure Intervention? 2018
    2018 Pre-diagnostic biomarkers of metabolic dysregulation and cancer mortality 2018
    2017 Comparison of Biological Screening and Diagnostic Indicators to Detect In Utero Opiate and Cocaine Exposure Among Mother-Infant Dyads. 2017
    2017 Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in West Virginia Substate Regions, 2007-2013 2017
    2017 Contributors to the Excess Stroke Mortality in Rural Areas in the United States 2017
    2017 Self-Reported Stroke Risk Stratification 2017
    2017 Matching the Statistical Model to the Research Question for Dental Caries Indices with Many Zero Counts 2017
    2017 Two-part and related regression models for longitudinal data 2017
    2016 Characterization of drug and alcohol use among senior drivers fatally injured in U.S. motor vehicle collisions, 2008–2012 2016
    2016 Additive Effects of Cointoxicants in Single-Opioid Induced Deaths 2016
    2016 Brief Report: The association of graduated driver licensing with nondriver transport-related injuries among adolescents 2016
    2016 Center Variation in the Delivery of Indicated Late Preterm Births 2016
    2016 Association of graduated driver licensing with driver, non-driver, and total fatalities among adolescents 2016
    2016 Marginalized zero-inflated negative binomial regression with application to dental caries 2016
    2016 Medication use and the risk of motor vehicle collision in West Virginia drivers 65 years of age and older: A case-crossover study 2016
    2016 The effect of education on oral health students' attitudes in Australia and New Zealand 2016
    2015 Characterization of Diphenhydramine-Related Accidental Overdose Deaths 2015
    2015 A marginalized zero-inflated Poisson regression model with random effects 2015
    2015 Blood Levels of the Heavy Metal, Lead, and Caries in Children Aged 24-72 Months: NHANES III 2015
    2015 Parent and Metabolite Opioid Drug Concentrations in Unintentional Deaths Involving Opioid and Benzodiazepine Combinations 2015
    2014 A marginalized zero-inflated Poisson regression model with overall exposure effects 2014
    2014 Dental hygiene students' perceptions of older adults 2014
    2014 Influence of powder composition and morphology on penetration of gray and white proroot mineral trioxide aggregate and calcium hydroxide into dentin tubules 2014
    2013 Urinary follicle-stimulating hormone as a measure of natural fertility in a community cohort 2013
    2013 Cervical mucus monitoring prevalence and associated fecundability in women trying to conceive 2013
    2012 In reply 2012
    2012 Review and recommendations for zero-inflated count regression modeling of dental caries indices in epidemiological studies 2012
    2012 Effect of vaginal lubricants on natural fertility 2012
    2011 Midgestation maternal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1/placental growth factor ratio as predictors of severe preeclampsia 2011
    2011 Cryotherapy and topical minocycline as adjunctive measures to control pain after third molar surgery: An exploratory study 2011

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics, University of North Carolina System : Chapel Hill 2013
  • Full Name

  • D. Leann Long