Amy Herring, ScD


herring_amy_2010 Associate Chair and Professor

Curriculum Vitae
Research interests
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

3104-D McGavran-Greenberg Hall
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
135 Dauer Drive
Campus Box 7420
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7420
USAT: 919-843-6368
F: 919-966-3804


2000 Harvard University ScD, Biostatistics
1995 University of Mississippi BS, Mathematics
1995 University of Mississippi BA, English

Research interests

  • Child development
  • Environment (general)
  • Maternal health
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Reproductive health
  • Women’s health

Research activities

Developing semiparametric Bayesian hierarchical models for highly correlated exposures, exposures to mixtures, and multivariate outcomes; developing statistical methods for missing and mismeasured exposure data; applications to environmental and reproductive epidemiology. Research funding includes NIEHS 1R01ES020619 (PI) and numerous collaborative projects dealing with birth defects, environmental and occupational exposures, obstetrics and gynecology, child neurodevelopment, adolescent development, and maternal health, including the National Children’s Study and National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Training funding includes NIEHS T32ES007018 (PI), a multidisciplinary training program in environmental biostatistics, environmental epidemiology, and environmental health sciences.

Staff/administrative responsibilities

Associate Chair, Department of Biostatistics; Director, Training Program in Environmental Biostatistics; Past-President (2011), Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society (ENAR)

Key publications

Sotres-Alvarez, D., Herring, A.H., and Siega-Riz, A.M.  “Latent Transition Models to Study Women’s Changing of Dietary Patterns from Pregnancy to 1 Year Postpartum,” American Journal of Epidemiology, 177(8):852-861 (2013).

Warren, J., Fuentes, M., Herring, A., and Langlois, P. “Spatial-Temporal Modeling of the Association between Air Pollution Exposure and Preterm Birth: Identifying Critical Windows of Exposure,” Biometrics 68(4):1157-1167 (2012).

Ghosh, J., Herring, A.H., and Siega-Riz, A.M. “Bayesian Variable Selection for Latent Class Models,” Biometrics 67(3):917-925 (2011).

Attard S.M., Herring, A.H., Howard, A.G., and Gordon-Larsen, P. “Longitudinal Trajectories of BMI and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.” Obesity 1(11):2180-2188 (2013).

Herring, A.H., Attard, S.M., Gordon-Larsen, P., Joyner, W.H., and Halpern, C.T. “Like a Virgin (Mother): Analysis of Data from a Longitudinal, US Population Representative Sample Survey.” British Medical Journal, 347:f7102 (2013).