Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 642
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 975-0539
Fax: (205) 934-4262

Research Interests

  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Clinical Trials Methodology
  • Modern Statistical Computing Methods
  • Statistics Education to Non-Statisticiansods

Current Research Projects

UL1TR001417 (Kimberly)                                         08/18/15 – 03/31/19
NIH/NCATS (Oster, Co-I)
UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
The UAB CCTS will enhance human health by driving scientific discovery and dialogue across the bench, bedside and community continuum. The CCTS support this overall mission in a highly integrative network of relationships. Success in creating such an environment is dependent upon success in achieving five strategic priorities: 1) enhancing research infrastructure; 2) promoting investigator education, training and development; 3) accelerating discovery across the T1 interface; 4) expanding value-added partnerships; and 5) building sustainability.

P30CA013148 (Partridge)                                        09/01/11 – 03/31/21
NIH/NCI (Oster, Co-I)
Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant
This grant supports the leadership, clinical and basic science program leaders, developmental programs, and shared resources for the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

R01CA201362 (Demark-Wahnefried)                      07/01/16 – 06/30/21
NIH/NCI (Oster, Co-I)
Harvest for Health in Older Cancer Survivors
Randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of a vegetable gardening intervention among 208 recently diagnosed with a loco-regionally staged cancer with a good prognosis (i.e., ≥ 80% 5-year survival) and with at least one limitation in physical functioning will be recruited throughout Alabama.  Participants will be randomized to 1-of-2 study arms: 1) an arm that receives a 1-year mentored vegetable gardening intervention that pairs cancer survivors with certified Master Gardeners; or 2) a waitlist control arm that receives the intervention after a 1-year delay.

Educational Background

  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, PhD Biostatistics, 1995
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, MS Statistics, 1986
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, BS Mathematics, 1984

Professional Activities

  • Chair of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Biostatistics/Epidemiology/Research Design Special Interest Group
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the American Statistical Association Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
  • Treasurer of the American Statistical Association Alabama Chapter
  • Associate Editor for The American Statistician
  • Associate Editor for Health Behavior and Policy Review
  • Co-Director of the CCTS Biostatistics and Research Design Program
  • Founder and Director of the CCTS Biostatistics Clinic
  • Member of the CCTS Nascent Projects Panel
  • Member of the CCTS Training Academy
  • Member of the Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee

Selected Recent Publications

  • Enders FT, Lindsell CJ, Welty LJ, Benn EKT, Perkins SM, Mayo MS, Rahbar MH, Kidwell KM, Thurston SW, Spratt H, Grambow SC, Larson J, Carter RE, Pollock BH, Oster RA*. Statistical competencies for medical research learners: What is fundamental? Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2016, in press. (*Senior Author)
  • Pisu M, Demark-Wahnefried W, Kenzik KM, Oster RA, Lin CP, Manne S, Alvarez R, Martin MY. A dance intervention for cancer survivors and their partners (RHYTHM). Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice. 2017 Jun; 11(3):350-359. PMID: 28070770 PMCID: PMC5419878
  • Little RB, Nabors LB, Olson JJ, Thompson ZJ, Rozmeski CM, LaRocca RV, Forsyth PA, Thompson RC, Oster RA, Chowdhary SA, Egan KM. Older age at the completion of linear growth is associated with an increased risk of adult glioma. Cancer Causes & Control. 2017 Mar. 4. PMID: 28260177.
  • Little RB, Oster RA, Darnell BE, Demark-Wahnefried W, Nabors LB. Pilot study to explore the accuracy of current prediction equations in assessing energy needs of patients with newly-diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme. Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal. 2016 Aug-Sep;68(6):926-34. PMID: 27341142 PMCID: PMC5012432
  • Kaulfus A, Alexander S, Zhao S, Oster RA, O’Keefe LC, Bartolucci A. The inherent challenges of using large data sets in healthcare research: experiences of an interdisciplinary team. Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 2017 May; 35(5):221-225. PMID: 28471876.
  • Arthur A, Delk A, Demark-Wahnefried W, Christein JD, Contreras C, Posey JA, Vickers S, Oster R, Rogers LQ. Pancreatic cancer survivors’ preferences, barriers, and facilitators related to physical activity and diet interventions. The Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice. 2016 Dec;10(6):981-989. PMID: 27138993 PMCID: PMC5086446
  • Rahbar MH, Dickerson AS, Ahn C, Carter RE, Hessabi M, Lindsell CJ, Nietert PJ, Oster RA, Pollock BH, Welty LJ. Characteristics of biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design programs in institutions with Clinical and Translational Science Awards. Academic Medicine. 2017;92(2):229-36. PMID: 27580435 PMCID: PMC5263220
  • Dover L, Oster RA, McDonald AM, DuBay DA, Wang TN, Jacob R. Impact of adjuvant chemoradiation on survival in patients with resectable cholangiocarcinoma. HPB. 2016 Oct;18(10):843-850. PMID: 27542590 PMCID: PMC5061024
  • Britton LJ, Oates GR, Oster RA, Self ST, Troxler RB, Hoover WC, Gutierrez HH, Harris WT. Risk stratification model to detect early pulmonary disease in infants with cystic fibrosis diagnosed by newborn screening. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2016 Nov; 51(11):1168-1176. PMID:27556254
  • Perkins SM, Bacchetti P, Davey CS, Lindsell CJ, Mazumdar M, Oster RA, Peduzzi PN, Rocke DM, Rudser KD, Kim M, for the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Key Function Committee of The Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) Consortium. Best practices for biostatistical consultation and collaboration in academic health centers. The American Statistician. 2016;70(2):187-94. PMID: 27777443 PMCID: PMC5074551


  • Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Statistical Association Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
  • Comer-Reynolds Memorial Award from the University of Cincinnati.