David Barondess, PhD

Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Wilson Road Room B601
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Telephone: 517.353.8623
E-mail: dbarondess@epi.msu.edu

Dr. Barondess’s research is centered on the intersection of drug dependence epidemiology and skeletal health and disease. A main interest here is exploring ethnic disparities, gene-environment interactions, ageing, and socioeconomic factors vis-à-vis patterns of drug/polydrug use, including tobacco-alcohol exposures. This drug-drug combination focus supports his longer-term research interests which include achieving a better understanding of the epidemiology of, and the variability in, patterns of adolescent growth and development (especially musculoskeletal) that may portend an increased risk of developing skeletal fragility fractures. An important goal here is to advance this fledgling field of drug use-skeletal health-oriented epidemiology by ‘bridging’ the influence of drug dependence on skeletal health. Ultimately the hope is to better understand the patterns and variability associated with the effects of tobacco-alcohol on (early) menopause, and on early predictors of osteoporosis and subsequent fracture risk.

Prior to Dr. Barondess’s current appointment, he held academic/research positions at a number of institutions, including The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where, in conjunction with MSU, his NSF-supported doctoral research represented the first ever study of prehistoric and early historic period Great Lakes Native American skeletal biomechanics and densitometric analyses of bone quantity and quality via non-invasive CT imaging.

Dr. Barondess completed a post-graduate research fellowship within the Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, on post-menopausal osteoporosis and skeletal morphometrics, where he was also involved in studying skeletal health as part of WSU’s involvement with the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) research study. At WSU he was also Director of Biological and Forensic Anthropology in the College of Science.

Most recently Dr. Barondess has been a NIDA-supported research fellow in the MSU-College of Human Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology, where he received advanced training in drug dependence epidemiology.

Dr. Barondess has received teaching and research awards at several institutions; he has also been an active participant in the NIH/American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Graduate Mentor for Minority Access to Research Careers Program. Dr. Barondess also maintains numerous ongoing consultantships in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology with federal, state, and private entities.