Hello, world!

About my work

My name is Monica Gerber and I am a Biostatistician located in Boston, Massachusetts. I started working at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in January 2015, when I joined the Department of Psychiatry to work in a research group focused on population mental health. Currently, I work in General Academic Pediatrics and the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI).

At MGH I have the pleasure of working on many research and evaluation projects. In General Academic Pediatrics I work on several maternal and childhood obesity research studies. At CCHI, I help the evaluation team develop statistical analyses to understand the public health status of Boston’s communities and to evaluate prevention efforts. I am also the Principal Investigator of the Health Starts at Home implementation study which provides services to stabilize housing.

Why this blog?

When I learned how to use SAS in graduate school, there was a community of fellow biostatistics and epidemiology students all struggling through the same problems and sharing ideas. Learning something new in a community makes the experience more enjoyable and rewarding.

About 3 years ago I started to use R for many of my projects at MGH. One thing about R that inspires me is the amazing and supportive online community. I hope that through this blog I will be able to connect with other public health data science folks who are using R. Please reach out or comment on a post!

Monica Gerber
Monica Gerber
Data Scientist in Public Health
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