Dr. Lloyd J. Edwards Named New Chair of the Department of Biostatistics

School of Public Health

The UAB School of Public Health welcomes Dr. Lloyd Edwards as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics.  Dr. Edwards comes to us from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health where he served as an Associate Professor in their Department of Biostatistics.  After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College and a Master’s degree in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Maryland, he worked as a Software Engineer/Statistician with the TRW Defense Systems Group in McLean, Virginia for three years.  He returned to academia to complete his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health in 1990. He then joined their faculty, beginning as an Assistant Professor and rising through the ranks.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Edwards has served as a member of many academic and professional committees, including the UNC IRB Scientific Review Committee, the Clinical Research Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Statistical Association, a Statistical Support Unit Lead and Senior Research Scientist and Mentor for the UNC Institute on Aging.  He is also a Fellow of the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.  He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1980 and received the Delta Omega Faculty Award in 2010.

Dr. Edwards has more than 25 years of experience in the planning and analysis of clinical trials data. He has an extensive background in collaborating with subject-specific researchers in a broad range of areas in biomedical research, including cancer, CVD, aging, pediatrics, and minority health. He specializes in developing model selection and model choice methods for mixed models. His primary area of statistical application research relates to the analysis of longitudinal data.

“Dr. Edwards’ leadership experience, research success, and mentoring of students will be a tremendous asset as we grow the Department of Biostatistics,” says Dean Max Michael.  In addition, his energy and enthusiasm will enhance the already-good work being done in our department.  We’re excited to have him join our team.”

Please join us in welcoming him to UAB.