Ahnalee Brincks, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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

Curriculum Vitae

Ahnalee Brincks trained in a unique interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Bio-Behavioral Statistics spanning the disciplines of Epidemiology, Psychology and Education at the University of Miami. Her research centers on the use of complex statistical methods to address important scientific questions in the prevention of substance use and mental illness. Dr. Brincks specializes in latent variable modeling and has expertise in longitudinal data analysis, hierarchical linear models, structural equation modeling, and the analysis of data from randomized clinical trials.
Fascinated by heterogeneity in response to intervention, Dr. Brincks has spent her career trying to better understand how and for whom preventive interventions are effective. Her most recent work is in two areas: (1) causal mediation analysis, and (2) the design and analysis of adaptive interventions and Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials (SMART).

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. She welcomes collaboration with students and faculty interested in intervention research.

Selected Publications

Elliott, J. C., Brincks, A. M., Feaster, D. J., Hasin, D. S., del Rio, C., Lucas, G. M., Rodriguez, A. E., Nijhawan, A. E., & Metsch, L. R. (2018). Psychosocial factors associated with problem drinking among substance users with poorly controlled HIV infection. Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Brincks, A. M., Montag, S., Howe, G. W., Huang, S., Siddique, J., Ahn, S., Sandler, I. N., Pantin, H., & Brown, C. H. (2018). Addressing methodologic challenges and minimizing threats to validity in synthesizing findings from individual level data across longitudinal randomized trials. Prevention Science, 19(1), 60-73.

Shiu-Yee, K., Brincks, A. M., Feaster, D. J. et al. (2018). Patterns of substance use and arrest histories among hospitalized HIV drug users: A latent class analysis. AIDS and Behavior, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-017-2024-y.

Brown, C. H., Brincks, A. M., Huang, S., Perrino, T., Cruden, G., Pantin, H., ... & Sandler, I. (2018). Two-year impact of prevention programs on adolescent depression: An integrative data analysis approach. Prevention Science, 19(1), 74-94.

Traynor, S. M., Brincks, A. M., & Feaster, D. J. (2017). Correlates of unknown HIV status among MSM participating in the 2014 American Men’s Internet Survey (AMIS). AIDS and Behavior, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-017-1894-3

Brincks, A. M., Enders, C. K., Llabre, M. M., Bulotsky-Shearer, R. J., Prado, G., & Feaster, D. J. (2017). Centering predictor variables in three-level contextual models, Multivariate Behavioral Research, 52(2), 149-163.

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.

Brincks, A. M., Perrino, T., Howe, G., Pantin, H., Huang, S., Prado, G., Cruden, G., & Brown, C.H. (2016). Preventing Youth Internalizing Symptoms through the Familias Unidas Intervention: Examining Variation in Response, Prevention Science, 19(1), 49-59. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-016-0666-z.