March 29, 2016
Methodology Center Investigator and Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University Lisa Dierker recently sat down to answer a few questions about her research on preventing the uptake of smoking and her interest in time-varying effect modeling.
Methodology Center: How did you become affiliated with the Methodology Center, and what sort of work did you do here?
Lisa Dierker: I was fortunate to meet Linda Collins through her role as a core member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Tobacco Etiology Research Network in the early 2000s. At that time, I found myself becoming more and more interested in emerging methodologies and in the opportunities they provided for asking important behavioral health questions. Dr. Collins generously continued working with me as a mentor on my successful K01 award and then invited me to spend a year at the center.
It was an amazing year, arguably the most productive of my career. I was able to collaborate with Drs. Runzi Li and Xianming Tan in the early development of TVEM, learning about the methodology and helping to write substantive papers aimed at showcasing its various features. I also taught a mini course on group-based methods and drew inspiration and ideas from the many connections I was able to make with the center’s large group of talented researchers.