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Ding-Geng Chen, PhD

Ding-Geng (Din) Chen, PhD

Department of Biostatistics
Wallace H. Kuralt Distinguished Professor
School of Social Work
Director of Statistical Development and Consultation
School of Social Work
  • 548C Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building
  • CB #3550
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Chen is a professor in biostatistics at the Department of Biostatistics, Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Wallace H. Kuralt Distinguished Professor at the School of Social Work. Dr. Chen has more than 200 published papers and co-authored/co-edited 27 books in biostatistical methodology and applications. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. 

Honors and Awards

Award of Recognition for Significant Contribution

2014, American Statistical Association/Deming Conference on Applied Statistics

Outstanding Leadership Award

2013, American Public Health Association

Meritorious Lecture Plaque

2013, Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium

Elected Fellow

2016, American Statistical Association

Representative Courses

Structural Equation Modelling (SOWO 916)

Multilevel Modelling (SOWO 917)

Research Activities

Biostatistics; clinical trials; adaptive design and analysis; meta-analysis; structural equation modelling; multi-level modelling; cusp catastrophe modelling; methodology development for social interventions

Research Interests

  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Causal Inference and Structural Equation Modeling
  • Clinical Trial Analysis
  • Clinical Trial Design
  • Statistical Meta-Analysis

Service Activities

-Editor of Springer Book Series “Emerging Topics in Statistics and Biostatistics“

-Co-Editor of Springer/ICSA Book Series in Statistics (with Professor Jiahua Chen), 

-Co-Editor of Johns Hopkins University Book Series in Public Health Statistics (with Professor Jeffrey Wilson)   

Key Publications

A homoscedasticity test for the Accelerated Failure Time model. Yu, L., Liu, L. and Chen, D.G. (2019). Computational Statistics, 34(1), 433-446.

From statistical power to statistical assurance: It's time for a paradigm change in clinical trial design. Chen, D. G. and Ho, S. (2017). Communications in Statistics - Simulation and Computation, 46(10), 7957-7971.

Weighted Least-Squares Method for Right-Censored Data in Accelerated Failure Time Model. Yu, L., Liu, L. and Chen, D.G. (2013). Biometrics, 69.

Statistical Causal Inferences and their Applications in Public Health Records. He, H., Pan, W. and Chen, D.G. (2016). Springer.

Innovative Statistical Methods for Public Health Data. Chen, D.G. and Wilson, J.  (2015). Springer.


PhD, Statistics, University of Guelph, 1995

MSC, Statistics, Hunan University, 1987

Diploma, Applied Mathematics, Jishou University, 1981

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