Ellen Funkhouser, Dr Ph

Associate Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 611
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-1120
Fax: (205) 934-7959
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Research Interests

  • Outcomes and Effectiveness research
  • Oral health
  • Observational studies of chronic diseases
  • Epidemiologic methods, study design

Educational Background

  • Indiana State University, B.S. (1980)
  • University of Illinois, M.S. (1982)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. P.H. (1988)

Professional Activities

  • Lead Methodologist, Data and Statistics Unit, Center for Surgical, Medical Acute Care Research & Transitions (C-SMART), VA Medical Center (2009 to present)
  • Associate Scientist, COERE, Comprehensive Cancer Center and CERTs (2000 to present)

Teaching Activities

  • Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology (1995 to present)
  • Data Analysis and Presentation of Epidemiologic Data (2011)

Selected Recent Publications

  • Yatich N, Yi J, Agbenyega T, Turpin A, Rayner J, Stiles J, Ellis W, Funkhouser E, Ehiri J, Williams JH, Jolly P. Malaria and Intestinal Helminth Co-infection among Pregnant Women in Ghana: Prevalence and Risk Factors. The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2009; 80(6): 896–901.
  • LaCivita C, Funkhouser E, Miller M, Ray MN, Saag KG, Kiefe CI, Cobaugh DJ, Allison JJ. Patient Reported Communications with Pharmacy Staff at Community Pharmacies, Alabama Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Patient Safety Study, 2005-2007. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2009; 49(5): e110-e117.
  • Hines RB, Chatla C, Bumpers HL, Waterbor JW, McGwin G, Funkhouser E, Coffey CS, Posey J, Manne U. Predictive Capacity of Three Comorbidity Indices in Estimating Mortality After Surgery for Colon Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2009; 27(26):4339-45.
  • Hines RB, Shanmugam C, Waterbor JW, McGwin G, Funkhouser E, Coffey CS, Posey J, Manne U. Effect of Comorbidity and Body Mass Index on Colon Cancer Survival of African American and Caucasian Patients. Cancer 2009; 115(24):5798-5806.
  • Schoen M, Tipton EF, Houston T K, Funkhouser E, Levine DA, Estrada C, Allison J, Williams OD, Kiefe CI. Characteristics That Predict Physician Participation in A Web-Based CME Activity: The MI-Plus Study (NHLBI MI+). Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions; 2009; 29(4):246-253.
  • Redding KS, Funkhouser E, Garcés-Palacio IC, Person SD, Kempf M, Scarinci IC. Vaginal Douching among Latina Immigrants. Maternal and Child Health, 2010; 14(2): 274-82 (Epub 2008 Dec 9).
  • Shuaib FM, Jolly PE, Ehiri J, Yatich N, Jiang Y, Funkhouser E, Person S, Wilson C, Ellis WO, Wang JS, Williams JH. Association between birth outcomes and aflatoxin B1 biomarker blood levels in pregnant women in Kumasi, Ghana. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2010; Feb 15(2):160-7. (Epub ahead of print 2009 Dec 8).
  • Marsh-Tootle WL, Funkhouser E, Frazier MG, Crenshaw MK, Wall TC. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Environment: What Primary Care Providers Say about Pre-School Vision Screening. Optometry and Vision Science, 2010; 87(2):104-11.
  • Yatich N, Jolly P, Funkhouser E, Agbenyega T, Rayner J, Ehiri J, Turpin A, Stiles J, Ellis W, Yi J, Williams JH. The Effect of Malaria and Intestinal Helminth Coinfetion on Birth Outcomes in Kumasi, Ghana. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 2010; 82(1):28-34.
  • Ferguson T, Funkhouser E, Roseman J. Factor Analysis of the Metabolic Syndrome in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study: Examination of Factors by Race-Sex Groups and Across Time. Annals of Epidemiology, 2010; 20(3):194-200.
  • Miller MJ, Allison JJ, Schmitt MR, Ray MN, Funkhouser EM, Cobaugh DJ, Saag KG, LaCivita C. Using single-item health literacy screening questions to identify patients who read written non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine information provided at pharmacies. Journal of Health Communication 2010; 15(4):413-427.
  • Yatich N, Funkhouser E, Ehiri J, Agbenyega T, Stiles J, Rayner J, Turpin A, Ellis W, Jiang Y, Williams J, Afriyie-Gwayu E, Phillips T, Jolly P. Malaria, intestinal helminths and other risk factors for stillbirth in Ghana. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2010; 2010:350763 April 1 (Epub 2010 Apr 1)
  • Parmar G, Ghuge P, Halanych, J,Funkhouser E, Safford M. Cardiovascular outcomes ascertainment was similar using blinded and unblinded adjudicators in a national prospective study. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2010; 63(10):159-63.
  • Salanitro A, Funkhouser E, Agee BS, Allison JJ, Halanych J, Houston TK, Litaker M, Levine DA, Safford MM. Multiple Uncontrolled conditions and blood pressure medication intensification: An observational study. Implementation Science 2010; July 19, 5:55 .
  • Shuaib FM, Jolly PE, Ehiri J, Jiang Y, Ellis WO, Stiles JK, Yatich N, Funkhouser E, Person S, Wilson C, Williams JH. Association between anemia and aflatoxin B1 albumin adduct levels among pregnant women in Kumasi, Ghana. American Journal of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2010; 83(5): 1077-83.
  • Pisu M, Crenshaw K, Funkhouser E, Ray MN, Kiefe CI, Saag K, LaCivita C, Allison JJ. Medication Assistance Programs: Do All in Need Benefit Equally? Ethnicity & Disease 2010; 20(4):339-45.
  • Funkhouser E, Houston TK, Levine DA, Richman J, Allison JJ, Kiefe CI. Physician and patient influences on provider performance: Beta-blockers in post-myocardial infarction management in the MI-PLUS study. Circulation Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes 2011; 4(1):99-106.
  • Funkhouser E, Levine DA, Gerald JK, Houston TK, Johnson-Roe NK, Allison JJ, Kiefe CI. Recruitment Activities for a Nationwide, Population-Based Group-Randomized Trial: The VA MI-Plus Study. Implementation Science 2011; 6:105
  • Levine DA, Funkhouser E, Houston TK, Gerald JK, Johnson-Roe NK, Allison JJ, Richman J, Kiefe CI. Improving Post-Myocardial Infarction Care using a 2-Year Internet-Delivered Intervention: the VA MI-Plus Cluster-Randomized Trial. Arch Intern Med 2011; 171(21):1910-7.