Andrea J. Cook, PhD

Associate Investigator


Recent publications

Curriculum vitae (CV)




Research interests and experience

Andrea Cook’s methodological experience is advanced and diverse. Her statistical research spans randomized controlled trials (RCTs), longitudinal data analysis, spatial statistics, survival analysis, and multi-level data analysis applied across an equally broad range of health care topics.

Dr. Cook completed her biostatistics training at Harvard School of Public Health in 2005. Since joining Group Health Research Institute (GHRI), she has continued important work on methods for spatial cluster detection—a new way to analyze all data outcomes. Much of her other research focuses on developing methods for longitudinal and correlated data, with application in areas such as breast cancer screening, obesity control and prevention, emergency resuscitation, alternative medicine, and vaccine safety. She joins GHRI biostatistician Jennifer Nelson, PhD, as a key contributor to projects funded through the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), including a nationwide, rapid-cycle analysis of vaccine-related adverse events. Using spatial statistics to develop methods for disease surveillance is another of her core research interests.

At GHRI, Dr. Cook has also gained extensive experience in statistical oversight of RCTs for safety. She is a member of the American Statistical Association and an affiliate associate professor in biostatistics at the University of Washington.


Recent publications

Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Balderson BH, Turner JA, Cook AJ, Stoelb B, Herman PM, Deyo RA, Hawkes RJ. Comparison of complementary and alternative medicine with conventional mind-body therapies for chronic back pain: protocol for the Mind-body Approaches to Pain (MAP) randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2014 Jun 7;15(1):211. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Sherman KJ, Cook A, Wellman R, Kahn J, Cherkin D. Influence of the amount and duration of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain on 12 and 26 week outcomes of pain and function. J Altern Complement Med. 2014;20(5):A49-50. doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.5129.abstract.

Green BB, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Catz SL, Fishman PA, McClure JB, Reid RJ. E-care for heart wellness: a feasibility trial to decrease blood pressure and cardiovascular risk. Am J Prev Med. 2014;46(4):368-77. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.11.009. PubMed

Sherman KJ, Cook AJ, Wellman RD, Hawkes RJ, Kahn JR, Deyo RA, Cherkin DC. Five-week outcomes from a dosing trial of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain. Ann Fam Med. 2014 Mar-Apr;12(2):112-20. doi: 10.1370/afm.1602. PubMed

Aggarwal A, Cook AJ, Jiao J, Seguin RA, Vernez Moudon A, Hurvitz PM, Drewnowski A. Access to supermarkets and fruit and vegetable consumption. Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar 13 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Ralston JD, Cook AJ, Anderson ML, Catz SL, Fishman PA, Carlson J, Johnson R, Green BB. Home blood pressure monitoring, secure electronic messaging and medication intensification for improving hypertension control: a mediation analysis. Appl Clin Inform. 2014 Mar 12;5(1):232-48. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2013-10-RA-0079. eCollection 2014. PubMed

Fishman PA, Cook AJ, Ralston JD, Anderson M, Catz SL, Carrell D, Carlson J, Larson EB, Green BB. Improving BP control through electronic communications: an economic evaluation. Am J Manag Care. 2013;19(9):709-16. PubMed

Green BB, Anderson ML, Ralston JD, Catz SL, Cook AJ. Blood pressure 1 year after completion of web-based pharmacist care. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 May 20:1-3. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1037. PubMed

Cook AJ, Gold DR, Li Y. Spatial cluster detection for longitudinal outcomes using administrative regions. Commun Stat Theory Methods. 2013;42(12):2105-17.

Sherman KJ, Wellman RD, Cook AJ, Cherkin DC, Ceballos RM. Mediators of yoga and stretching for chronic low back pain. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:130818. doi: 10.1155/2013/130818. Epub 2013 Apr 17. PubMed

To view more publications, please see Dr. Cook’s CV.