Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

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

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

Awards

  • 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.