Ahnalee Brincks, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Fee Road Room B601
East Lansing, MI  48824

Ahnalee Brincks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the MSU College of Human Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in Bio-Behavioral Statistics from the University of Miami. Her research interests lie at the intersection of psychosocial determinants of health and advanced statistical methods, consistent with her interdisciplinary training across the fields of Epidemiology, Psychology and Education. Dr. Brincks specializes in latent variable modeling and has expertise in longitudinal data analysis, hierarchical linear models and the analysis of data from randomized clinical trials.

Broadly, Dr. Brincks’ interests include the application of advanced quantitative methods to behavioral and health research, particularly studies focused on the prevention of mental and physical disease. Her methodological work is focused on two areas: (1) the estimation and interpretation of contextual effects in nested data, and (2) the merging, harmonizing and modeling of longitudinal data across multiple, heterogeneous clinical trials.

Dr. Brincks has served on a number of NIH-funded studies focused on the prevention of adolescent depression, substance abuse, and HIV, including substantial work with the National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network.

Selected Publications:

Brincks, A. M., Enders, C. K., Llabre, M. M., Bulotsky-Shearer, R. J., Prado, G., & Feaster, D. J. (in press). Centering predictor variables in three-level contextual models, Multivariate Behavioral Research.

Brincks, A. M., Perrino, T., Howe, G., Pantin, H., Huang, S., Prado, G., Cruden, G., & Brown, C.H. (in press). Preventing Youth Internalizing Symptoms through the Familias Unidas Intervention: Examining Variation in Response, Prevention Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11121-016-0666-z.

Perrino, T., Brincks, A. M., Howe, G., Pantin, H., Prado, G., & Brown, C.H. (2016). Reducing internalizing symptoms among high-risk, Hispanic adolescents: Mediators of a family intervention, Prevention Science, 17(5), 595-605.

Perrino, T., Beardslee, W., Bernal, G., Brincks, A. M., Cruden, G., Howe, G., Murry, V., Pantin, H., Prado, G., Sandler, I., & Brown, C. H. (2015). Towards scientific equity for the prevention of depression and internalizing symptoms in vulnerable youth. Prevention Science, 16(5), 642-651.

Myers, N. D., Brincks, A. M., Ames, A. J., Prado, G. J., Penedo, F. J., & Benedict, C. (2012). Multilevel modeling in psychosomatic medicine research. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(9), 925-936. PMID: 23107843, doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e3182736971.

Feaster, D. J., Mikulich-Gilbertson, S., & Brincks, A. M. (2011). Modeling site effects in the design and analysis of multisite trials. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 37(5), 383-391.

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