Joni Ricks-Oddie, PhD (UCLA, 2012) is the Director of the UCI Center for Statistical Consulting. Dr. Ricks-Oddie oversees general operations and strategic planning for the Center and its consulting activities. She facilitates connections between campus researchers in need of consulting services and the Statistics faculty with the expertise to assist them. Dr. Ricks-Oddie’s current affiliations also include the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science where she serves as the Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Unit.
As Assistant Director of BERD, Dr. Hoang provides statistical support for study design, data analyses, publications, grant proposals, and IRB applications to researchers in the school of medicine and affiliated medical institutions including CHOC, Veteran Affairs, Memorial care, and Chapman University. She has served as a member of the scientific review committee, a co-investigator, and a co-author for many basic science studies, clinical trials, and quality improvement studies.
Dr. Anton Palma is Principal Statistician at the University of California Irvine’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (UCI ICTS). He has three main research interests: (1) providing expert epidemiological and statistical support to researchers across scientific disciplines and topics, (2) applying causal inference and implementation science perspectives to enhance the real-world impact of basic, translational and applied sciences, and (3) promoting sound, novel research methodologies via advanced study design and statistical methods education, training, and collaboration. He has particular expertise in complex survey analysis, missing data, and multi-level modeling, as well as quasi-experimental study design approaches. Prior to UCI ICTS, he worked at Columbia University on multiple global health projects, with a substantive emphasis on HIV and cardiovascular disease surveillance and management in low-resource settings such as sub-Saharan Africa.