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Evan Thacker

Associate Professor
Public Health

2051 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

I am a chronic disease epidemiologist. I study connections of cardiovascular and metabolic health with neurological health in older adults. I completed my bachelors degree in neuroscience at BYU, my masters degree in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and my doctoral degree in epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Public Health faculty at BYU, I worked as an epidemiologist/biostatistican at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. I served a proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sapporo, Japan, from 1997-1999. I live in Orem, Utah, with my wife JaNeece and our two children.

Research Interests

The purpose of my research program at BYU is to involve undergraduate and graduate students in creating new knowledge through epidemiologic research that will benefit the health of older adults. Currently we focus primarily on projects exploring determinants of cognitive decline, cognitive impairment, and dementia.

We use data from epidemiologic cohort studies in the United States including the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Study (REGARDS), and the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS).

Undergraduate students who wish to work with us on epidemiologic research projects can best prepare by completing the following courses:
HLTH 345 -- Principles of Epidemiology
HLTH 440 -- Computer Applications in Epidemiology
HLTH 447 -- Introduction to Biostatistics

Teaching Interests

I teach undergraduate courses for students majoring in Public Health:

HLTH 314 -- Health, Disease, and Their Determinants, Part 1. The purpose of this course is for public health students in all emphasis areas to learn basic concepts about human health from a life course perspective, determinants of health including biological, behavioral, social, and environmental, major infectious diseases, and major chronic non-communicable diseases. In addition to studying a variety of topics as a class, students complete a series of research and writing assignments to go into more depth on selected topics that interest them.

HLTH 447 -- Introduction to Biostatistics. The purpose of this course is for epidemiology and health science emphasis students to apply biostatistics concepts and procedures to the study of epidemiologic research questions. The approach combines learning statistical concepts with practical application of statistical methods in data analysis. Students complete a series of data analysis assignments using SAS software in which they analyze epidemiologic data to address research questions using statistical methods.

HLTH 493 -- Epidemiology Capstone. The purpose of this course is for epidemiology emphasis student teams to conduct an epidemiologic research project using publicly available quantitative data. Students complete a research proposal, systematic literature review, detailed statistical analysis plan, quantitative data analysis, and structured research report. All student projects involve real data and are potentially publishable.

Education

  • PhD, Epidemiology , University of Washington School of Public Health (2011)
  • SM (MS), Epidemiology , Harvard School of Public Health (2005)
  • BS, Neuroscience , Brigham Young University (2003)

Memberships

  • American Heart Association, Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health (2014 - Present)
  • American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (2007 - Present)
  • American Epilepsy Society (2019 - 2020)
  • Gerontological Society of America (2018 - 2019)
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (2014 - 2015)

Courses Taught

Publications

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Presentations

Hyunmi Choi Mitchell SV Elkind W T Longstreth Amelia K Boehme Evan L Thacker
Afton Jensen Kelsie Claunch Marco Verdeja Matthew Dungan Shellie Anderson Colter Clayton Michael C Goates Evan Thacker
Evan L Thacker Amelia K Boehme Mitchell SV Elkind W T Longstreth Hyunmi Choi
K MaWhinney M D Tounkara K Evans E Startup A Ehlert E Covey J Westra Natalie Jean Blades M S Dhamoon H M Gonzalez F Imamura E Kuzma D J Llewellyn Maria Lelinneth Lagman Beloy Novilla M Scrobotovici W T Longstreth Evan L Thacker
M C de Oliveira Otto J HY Wu Evan L Thacker H Lai R N Lemaitre B McKnight N Padhye X Song I B King O Lopez D Siscovick D Mozaffarian
M L Harris E Bennion K MaWhinney V J Howard V G Wadley L A McClure D A Levine J J Manly M M Glymour J J Wisco R A Chaney Evan L Thacker
M D Tounkara K MaWhinney K Evans E Startup A Ehlert E Covey J Westra Natalie Jean Blades M S Dhamoon H M Gonzalez F Imamura E Kuzma D J Llewellyn Maria Lelinneth Lagman Beloy Novilla M Scrobotovici W T Longstreth Evan L Thacker
M D Tounkara K MaWhinney K Evans E Startup A Ehlert E Covey J Westra Natalie Jean Blades M S Dhamoon H M Gonzalez F Imamura E Kuzma D J Llewellyn Maria Lelinneth Lagman Beloy Novilla M Scrobotovici W T Longstreth Evan L Thacker
A Jensen K D Claunch M A Verdeja M T Dungan Michael Calvin Goates Evan L Thacker
C K Suemoto L E Gibbons Evan L Thacker J D Jackson C L Satizabal B M Bettcher J Mez L R White M C Power
H Kamel T M Bartz M SV Elkind P M Okin Evan L Thacker K K Patton P K Stein C deFilippi R F Gottesman S R Heckbert R A Kronmal E Z Soliman Longstreth W T
A Jensen M Dungan Michael Calvin Goates Evan L Thacker
L Ernstsen X Sui V J Howard V G Wadley Evan L Thacker
Natalia Nielsen Vanessa Palmer Rebecca Bradshaw Evan L Thacker James D Johnston
A N Ehlert S R Heckbert K L Wiggins Evan L Thacker
Michael C Harding Chantel D Sloan Ray M Merrill Tiffany M Harding Brian J Thacker Evan L Thacker
Reena Karki M Cushman S R Gillett S E Judd R E Kennedy J R Kizer D A Levine W M McClellan Tamura M Kurella F W Unverzagt V G Wadley Evan L Thacker
Christa Schank Natalie Jean Blades Sarwat I Chaudhry John A Dodson W. T Longstreth Susan R Heckbert Bruce M Psaty Alice M Arnold Sascha Dublin Colleen M Sitlani Julius M Gardin Stephen M Thielke Michael Nanna Rebecca F Gottesman Anne B Newman Evan L Thacker
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