Dr. Pérez is Associate Professor in Department of Biostatistics and faculty member of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Austin. She has been involved in the design, development, analysis, and dissemination of health research and engaged in a wide range of methodological and applied biostatistical research projects, from exploratory data analysis to theoretical model evaluation accounting for imputation uncertainty, fitting complex data and analysis of cluster randomized community trials, clinical trials and analysis of foods. Her research interests are not limited to biostatistics, intervention programs, and Parkinson's disease, but also health prevention using school-based surveillance studies for children’s food patterns, physical activity and sedentary behavior to evaluate energy balance required when conducting childhood obesity research. Dr. Pérez has expertise in conducting and disseminating research findings of population and clinical-based studies including both adolescents and adults as well as developing and publishing new statistical methodologies.
Dr. Pérez is the Director of the Statistical and Marketing Core of the “Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth & Young Adults”. She has previous experience as the principal investigator of several grants with the American Statistical Association/National Science Foundation and a subcontract with the Parkinson Study group (Body mass index and Parkinson's disease survival at DATATOP) Dr Pérez is finishing up some secondary analyses and dissemination of findings for the National Institutes of Health Exploratory Trials in Parkinson’s Disease (NET-PD) Long-term Study-1 (LS-1), a randomized, multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 10 grams of oral creatine/day in individuals who were within 5 years of Parkinson disease diagnosis and who were on dopaminergic therapy for fewer than two years.
The overall goal of the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) on Youth and Young Adults is to develop an integrated program of research and training to provide scientific evidence, and a career path for regulatory scientists, to support U.S. tobacco regulation.