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Department Faculty

  Jim Anthony
  David Barondess
  Naomi Breslau
  Wenjiang Fu
  Joseph Gardiner
  Hector M. Gonzalez
  Claudia Holzman
  Jean Kerver
  Chenxi Li
  Qing Lu
  Zhehui Luo
  Claire Margerison-Zilko
  Janet Osuch
  Dorothy Pathak
  Nigel Paneth
  James Pivarnik
  Mat Reeves
  A.M. Saeed
  Nicole Talge
  David Todem
  Hao Wang
  Elizabeth (Betsy) Wasilevich
  Julie Wirth
  Adjunct Faculty

Graduate Director

  David Barondess 

Specialists - Research

  Madeleine Lenski
  Jamil Scott


Joseph Gardiner, Ph.D

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Statistics
Director, Division of Biostatistics 

Ph.D., 1978 (Statistics)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Michigan State University
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
909 Fee Road  Room B601
Michigan State University
East Lansing 48824
(517) 353.8623 x110

E-mail: gardine3@msu.edu

Joseph Gardiner is Director of the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Human Medicine. He has been at the university since 1978 and is Professor of Statistics and Probability in the College of Natural Science. Dr. Gardiner has collaborated extensively with epidemiologists and medical researchers at MSU, and with health services researchers outside the university. Since 1991, Dr. Gardiner has had a pivotal role in over 22 epidemiologic/clinical studies, many of these supported by NIH, and as principal biostatistician or collaborator in 12 additional NIH-funded projects. His recent and current research addresses statistical issues in cost-effectiveness analysis which grew from a comprehensive study of cost-effectiveness in heart disease and evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). His current research “Statistical Innovations in Health Services Research” builds upon this early work. It addresses the development of models that reflect the experience of patients in sustained and changing states of health, and methods for analyzing jointly both cost and effectiveness measures using multivariate methods from survival analyses.

Among his current collaborations with clinical and epidemiologic investigators are: (with Susan Schantz) a study of neuropsychological function among Great Lakes fisheaters exposed to polyhalogenated biphenyls and other environmental contaminants;  (with Robert Smith) improving quality of life in high-utilizing somatizing patients in managed care by strengthening the patient-provider relationship;  (with RK Thakur) a study of the efficacy of ICD therapy in broader classes of patients; (with Ved Gossain) an evaluation of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes including quality of diabetes care among workers in the automobile industry.

Dr. Gardiner serves on the editorial boards of American Heart Journal, Statistics & Probability Letters, Journal of Statistics & Applications, and previously on the editorial boards of Medical Decision Making and the American Statistical Association (ASA)/Society of Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Series on Statistics & Applied Probability. He is a standing member of scientific review committees at NIMH and AHRQ.

Dr. Gardiner is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award from MSU. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.

Selected Publications

Gardiner JC, Luo Z, Liu L, Bradley CJ. A stochastic framework for estimation of summary measures in cost-effectiveness analyses. Expert Review in Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research 2006;6(3):347-358.

Gardiner JC, Luo Z, Bradley CJ, Sirbu CM, Given CW. A dynamic model for estimating changes in health status and costs. Statistics in Medicine 2006;25(21):3648-3667.

Luo Z, Goddeeris J, Gardiner JC, Lyles JS, Smith RC. Cost of a primary care intervention for patients with medically unexplained symptoms – a randomized controlled trial. Psychiatric Services 2007;58:1079-1086.

Soundarraj D, Thakur RK, Gardiner JC, Khasnis A, Jongnarangsin K. Inappropriate ICD therapy: Does device configuration make a difference? Pace-Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology 2006;29(8):810-815.