Adriana Pérez, PhD

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Professor, Biostatistics
adriana.perez@uth.tmc.edu

Dr. Pérez is 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 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.

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Current Projects

School Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPAN)

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The SPAN survey was established to track the prevalence of overweight and obese school-aged children in Texas.

Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth & Young Adults

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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.

STREETS (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools)

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The STREETS Study (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools) is a five-year (2018 – 2023) natural experiment that will evaluate the City of Austin Safe Routes to School program.

Recent Publications

Design and participant characteristics of TX Sprouts: A school-based cluster randomized gardening, nutrition, and cooking intervention.

(Davis JN, Nikah K, Asigbee FM, Landry MJ, Vandyousefi S, Ghaddar R, Hoover A, Jeans M, Pont SJ, Richards D, Hoelscher DM, van den Berg AE*, Bluestein M, Perez A. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2019, 85:105834.)

Bikeability: Assessing the Objectively Measured Environment in Relation to Recreation and Transportation Bicycling

(Porter AK, Kohl HW III, Pérez A, Reininger B, Gabriel KP, Salvo D. Environ Behav.)

Mobile phone text messaging for tobacco risk communication among young adult community college students: Protocol and baseline overview for a randomized trial

(Prokhorov AV, Khalil GE, Calabro KS, Machado TC, Russell SC, Czerniak KW, Botello GC, Chen M, Perez A, Vidrine DJ, Perry CL; JMIR Res Protoc; 2018

Youth or young adults: Which group is at highest risk for tobacco use onset?

(Perry CL, Pérez A, Bluestein M, Garza N, Obinwa U, Jackson C, Clendennen SL, Loukas A, Harrell MB; J Adolesc Health ;2018)

Acculturation and Breastfeeding Among Hispanic American Women: A Systematic Review

(Bigman G, Wilkinson AV, Pérez A, Homedes N; Matern Child Health J.; 2018)

Recent News

UTHealth: Pérez Receives $1.38 Million Grant to Study Youth and Young Adult Initiation of Tobacco Use

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Dr. Adriana Pérez, a professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Data Science at UTHealth School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, Austin campus, has received a $1.38 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study changing patterns of tobacco use in U.S. youth and young adults.