Austin Schumacher

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Magnuson Health Sciences Center - F Wing
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My passion lies in developing statistical methods for global health applications.

Currently, I am advised by Dr. Tyler McCormick from the Departments of Statistics and Sociology at UW. In collaboration with Dr. Li Liu from the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, we are developing methods to improve estimation of age- and cause-specific child mortality (ACSCM) in low- and middle-income countries. Our method aims to estimate ACSCM using all available data in low-resource settings to produce estimates for finer age and cause categories than any previous work using a Bayesian hierarchical modeling approach. The method will account for important correlations between causes, over time, and across ages. Ultimately, we will extract patterns over these dimensions to inform investment in life-saving interventions and policy.

My passion lies in developing statistical methods for global health applications.

Currently, I am advised by Dr. Tyler McCormick from the Departments of Statistics and Sociology at UW. In collaboration with Dr. Li Liu from the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, we are developing methods to improve estimation of age- and cause-specific child mortality (ACSCM) in low- and middle-income countries. Our method aims to estimate ACSCM using all available data in low-resource settings to produce estimates for finer age and cause categories than any previous work using a Bayesian hierarchical modeling approach. The method will account for important correlations between causes, over time, and across ages. Ultimately, we will extract patterns over these dimensions to inform investment in life-saving interventions and policy.