Emily Voldal

Emily Voldal
UW Box Number
Box 357232

Magnuson Health Sciences Center - F Wing
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-7232
United States


I am a fifth year PhD student in the Biostatistics department at the University of Washington.  I am studying stepped wedge cluster randomized trials under the guidance of my advisor Dr. James Hughes, in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Heagerty.  Currently, I am interested in mis-specification of random effects in mixed models and how that impacts inference about treatment effects in stepped wedge trials.  Our goal is to understand how different sources of variation might be exchanged in a mixed model, and help researchers choose which random effects to include in their models.  

Through my RA appointment at the Center for Biomedical Statistics, I have been working on data analysis and manuscript preparation for the Comparison of Outcomes of antibiotic Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA) trial.  Right now, I am focusing on identifying factors associated with positive or negative outcomes in the two study arms, which will help inform the development of a tool to assist with clinical decision-making.

Before moving to Seattle for graduate school, I lived in Minnesota. I graduated from St. Olaf College in 2016, where I spent two years working in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, studying the randomness of head direction cells in anesthetized rats.  I also attended the University of Minnesota SIBS program in 2015.

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering at a local animal shelter and hiking with my dog, Stellaluna.

Math and Biology
St. Olaf College