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Laura Forsberg White, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentBiostatistics
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-2833
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-0588-8235
Other Positions
TitleAdjunct Assistant Professor
InstitutionHarvard School of Public Health
DepartmentBiostatistics

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Laura Forsberg White, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Boston University. She is interested in the development of novel methodologies for the detection of disease outbreaks, as well as statistical methods for public health surveillance systems, including spatial statistics and time series. Laura's research interests also include monitoring and rapidly estimating key parameters that quantify the spread of an infectious disease epidemic, for instance Avian Influenza, a bioterrorist event, or new, emerging disease. She has developed methods to estimate heterogeneity in these parameters and further studied their properties in real outbreaks. She also collaborates on several projects with the Black Women's Health Study relating to pollution, urban form and health and asthma among minority populations. Additionally she works with several large international household contact studies focused on Tuberculosis. At SPH, she teaches Public Health Surveillance: A Methods Based Approach (BS 728) and Disease Outbreak Investigations (EP 800).



 Publications
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  1. Acuña-Villaorduña C, White LF, Fennelly KP, Jones-López EC. Tuberculosis transmission: sputum vs aerosols. Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 Jul; 16(7):770-1. PMID: 27352747.
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  2. Freiman JM, Tran TM, Schumacher SG, White LF, Ongarello S, Cohn J, Easterbrook PJ, Linas BP, Denkinger CM. Hepatitis C Core Antigen Testing for Diagnosis of Hepatitis C Virus Infection: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Sep 06; 165(5):345-55. PMID: 27322622.
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  3. Coogan PF, White LF, Yu J, Burnett RT, Marshall JD, Seto E, Brook RD, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Jerrett M. Long term exposure to NO2 and diabetes incidence in the Black Women's Health Study. Environ Res. 2016 Jul; 148:360-6. PMID: 27124624.
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  4. White LF, Jerrett M, Yu J, Marshall JD, Rosenberg L, Coogan PF. Ambient Air Pollution and 16-Year Weight Change in African-American Women. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Oct; 51(4):e99-e105. PMID: 27085690.
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  5. Jones-López EC, Acuña-Villaorduña C, Ssebidandi M, Gaeddert M, Kubiak RW, Ayakaka I, White LF, Joloba M, Okwera A, Fennelly KP. Cough Aerosols of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the Prediction of Incident Tuberculosis Disease in Household Contacts. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jul 1; 63(1):10-20. PMID: 27025837.
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  6. Coogan PF, White LF, Yu J, Burnett RT, Seto E, Brook RD, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Jerrett M. PM2.5 and Diabetes and Hypertension Incidence in the Black Women's Health Study. Epidemiology. 2016 Mar; 27(2):202-10. PMID: 26595125.
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  7. White LF, Yu J, Jerrett M, Coogan P. Temporal aspects of air pollutant measures in epidemiologic analysis: a simulation study. Sci Rep. 2016 Jan 21; 6:19691. PMID: 26791428.
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  8. Jones-López EC, White LF, Kirenga B, Mumbowa F, Ssebidandi M, Moine S, Mbabazi O, Mboowa G, Ayakaka I, Kim S, Thornton CS, Okwera A, Joloba M, Fennelly KP. Cough Aerosol Cultures of Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Insights on TST / IGRA Discordance and Transmission Dynamics. PLoS One. 2015; 10(9):e0138358. PMID: 26394149.
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  9. Schechter-Perkins EM, Jenkins D, White LF, Mitchell PM. Treatment of Cases of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis in Emergency Department Patients. Sex Transm Dis. 2015 Jul; 42(7):353-7. PMID: 26222746.
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  10. Gardiner P, Filippelli AC, Sadikova E, White LF, Jack BW. Medication and Dietary Supplement Interactions among a Low-Income, Hospitalized Patient Population Who Take Cardiac Medications. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015:429826. PMID: 25949262.
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  11. Gardiner P, Sadikova E, Filippelli AC, Mitchell S, White LF, Saper R, Kaptchuk TJ, Jack BW, Fredman L. Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques use among underserved inpatients in an inner city hospital. Complement Ther Med. 2015 Jun; 23(3):405-12. PMID: 26051576.
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  12. Moser CB, Gupta M, Archer BN, White LF. The impact of prior information on estimates of disease transmissibility using Bayesian tools. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0118762. PMID: 25793993.
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  13. Etemad B, Ghulam-Smith M, Gonzalez O, White LF, Sagar M. Single genome amplification and standard bulk PCR yield HIV-1 envelope products with similar genotypic and phenotypic characteristics. J Virol Methods. 2015 Mar; 214:46-53. PMID: 25681527.
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  14. Gardiner P, Sadikova E, Filippelli AC, White LF, Jack BW. Medical reconciliation of dietary supplements: don't ask, don't tell. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Apr; 98(4):512-7. PMID: 25636694.
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  15. Etemad B, Gonzalez OA, White L, Laeyendecker O, Kirk GD, Mehta S, Sagar M. Characterization of HIV-1 envelopes in acutely and chronically infected injection drug users. Retrovirology. 2014; 11:106. PMID: 25430652.
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  16. Wang CT, Greenwood N, White LF, Wilkinson J. Measuring preparedness for mammography in women with intellectual disabilities: a validation study of the Mammography Preparedness Measure. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2015 May; 28(3):212-22. PMID: 25266546.
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  17. Freiman JM, Huang W, White LF, Geng EH, Hurt CB, Taylor LE, Overton ET, Cachay ER, Kitahata MM, Moore RD, Rodriguez B, Mayer KH, Linas BP. Current practices of screening for incident hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among HIV-infected, HCV-uninfected individuals in primary care. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Dec 15; 59(12):1686-93. PMID: 25186591.
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  18. White LF, Archer B, Pagano M. Determining the dynamics of influenza transmission by age. Emerg Themes Epidemiol. 2014; 11(1):4. PMID: 24656239.
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  19. Wilkinson J, Greenwood NW, Wang CT, White LF, Culpepper L. Measuring staff empowerment regarding health care for clients with intellectual disabilities. Int J Family Med. 2014; 2014:678127. PMID: 24719760.
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  20. Gardiner P, Whelan J, White LF, Filippelli AC, Bharmal N, Kaptchuk TJ. A systematic review of the prevalence of herb usage among racial/ethnic minorities in the United States. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Aug; 15(4):817-28. PMID: 22723252.
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  21. Tukey MH, Berman JS, Boggs DA, White LF, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. ??Mortality among African American women with sarcoidosis: data from the Black Women's Health Study. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis. 2013 Jul; 30(2):128-33. PMID: 24071884.
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  22. White LF, Archer B, Pagano M. Estimating the reproductive number in the presence of spatial heterogeneity of transmission patterns. Int J Health Geogr. 2013; 12:35. PMID: 23890514.
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  23. Rosen JE, Gardiner P, Saper RB, Filippelli AC, White LF, Pearce EN, Gupta-Lawrence RL, Lee SL. Complementary and alternative medicine use among patients with thyroid cancer. Thyroid. 2013 Oct; 23(10):1238-46. PMID: 23350883.
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  24. Jeffery C, Ozonoff A, White LF, Pagano M. Distance-based mapping of disease risk. Int J Biostat. 2013; 9(2):265-90. PMID: 23658215.
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  25. Rising KL, White LF, Fernandez WG, Boutwell AE. Emergency department visits after hospital discharge: a missing part of the equation. Ann Emerg Med. 2013 Aug; 62(2):145-50. PMID: 23562776.
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  26. Gardiner P, Adams D, Filippelli AC, Nasser H, Saper R, White L, Vohra S. A systematic review of the reporting of adverse events associated with medical herb use among children. Glob Adv Health Med. 2013 Mar; 2(2):46-55. PMID: 24416663.
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  27. Gardiner P, Mitchell S, Filippelli AC, Sadikova E, White LF, Paasche-Orlow MK, Jack BW. Health literacy and complementary and alternative medicine use among underserved inpatients in a safety net hospital. J Health Commun. 2013; 18 Suppl 1:290-7. PMID: 24093362.
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  28. Archer BN, Tempia S, White LF, Pagano M, Cohen C. Reproductive number and serial interval of the first wave of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus in South Africa. PLoS One. 2012; 7(11):e49482. PMID: 23166682.
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  29. Filippelli AC, White LF, Spellman LW, Broderick M, Highfield ES, Sommers E, Gardiner P. Non-Insertive Acupuncture and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Case Series from an Inner City Safety Net Hospital. Glob Adv Health Med. 2012 Sep; 1(4):48-52. PMID: 24078899.
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  30. Bethea TN, Lopez RP, Cozier YC, White LF, McClean MD. The relationship between rural status, individual characteristics, and self-rated health in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Rural Health. 2012; 28(4):327-38. PMID: 23083079.
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  31. Rathlev NK, Obendorfer D, White LF, Rebholz C, Magauran B, Baker W, Ulrich A, Fisher L, Olshaker J. Time series analysis of emergency department length of stay per 8-hour shift. West J Emerg Med. 2012 May; 13(2):163-8. PMID: 22900106.
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  32. Coogan PF, White LF, Jerrett M, Brook RD, Su JG, Seto E, Burnett R, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Air pollution and incidence of hypertension and diabetes mellitus in black women living in Los Angeles. Circulation. 2012 Feb 14; 125(6):767-72. PMID: 22219348.
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  33. Eliseo LJ, Murray KA, White LF, Dyer S, Mitchell PA, Fernandez WG. EMS providers' perceptions of safety climate and adherence to safe work practices. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2012 Jan-Mar; 16(1):53-8. PMID: 22128907.
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  34. Coogan PF, White LF, Evans SR, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. The influence of neighborhood socioeconomic status and walkability on TV viewing time. J Phys Act Health. 2012 Nov; 9(8):1074-9. PMID: 22207592.
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  35. El Sayed M, Mitchell PM, White LF, Rubin-Smith JE, Maciejko TM, Obendorfer DT, Ulrich AS, Dyer S, Olshaker JS. Impact of an emergency department closure on the local emergency medical services system. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2012 Apr-Jun; 16(2):198-203. PMID: 22191683.
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  36. Seufert TS, Mitchell PM, Wilcox AR, Rubin-Smith JE, White LF, McCabe KK, Schneider JI. An automated procedure logging system improves resident documentation compliance. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 Oct; 18 Suppl 2:S54-8. PMID: 21999559.
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  37. Coogan PF, White LF, Evans SR, Adler TJ, Hathaway KM, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Longitudinal assessment of urban form and weight gain in African-American women. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Apr; 40(4):411-8. PMID: 21406274.
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  38. Friedman FD, Rathlev NK, White L, Epstein SK, Sayah A, Pearlmutter M, Biddinger P, Zane R, Moyer P. Trial to end ambulance diversion in Boston: report from the conference of the Boston teaching hospitals consortium. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2011 Apr; 26(2):122-6. PMID: 21888732.
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  39. White LF, Pagano M. Reporting errors in infectious disease outbreaks, with an application to Pandemic Influenza A/H1N1. Epidemiol Perspect Innov. 2010; 7:12. PMID: 21159178.
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  40. Duong DK, Rathlev NK, McGrath ME, White LF, Mitchell P. Does mandatory inpatient alcohol detoxification reduce emergency department recidivism, hospital admissions, and emergency medical services transports for patients with chronic, severe alcohol dependence? J Emerg Med. 2012 Nov; 43(5):883-8. PMID: 19944550.
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  41. White LF, Wallinga J, Finelli L, Reed C, Riley S, Lipsitch M, Pagano M. Estimation of the reproductive number and the serial interval in early phase of the 2009 influenza A/H1N1 pandemic in the USA. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2009 Nov; 3(6):267-76. PMID: 19903209.
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  42. Coogan PF, White LF, Adler TJ, Hathaway KM, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Prospective study of urban form and physical activity in the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Nov 1; 170(9):1105-17. PMID: 19808635.
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  43. Jeffery C, Ozonoff A, White LF, Nuño M, Pagano M. Power to detect spatial disturbances under different levels of geographic aggregation. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 Nov-Dec; 16(6):847-54. PMID: 19717807.
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  44. Banerji A, Greenberg D, White LF, Macdonald WA, Saxton A, Thomas E, Sage D, Mamdani M, Lanctôt KL, Mahony JB, Dingle M, Roberts A. Risk factors and viruses associated with hospitalization due to lower respiratory tract infections in Canadian Inuit children : a case-control study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Aug; 28(8):697-701. PMID: 19461554.
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  45. White LF, Bonetti M, Pagano M. The Choice of the Number of Bins for the M Statistic. Comput Stat Data Anal. 2009 Aug 1; 53(10):3640-3649. PMID: 20161224.
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  46. Anderson LS, Rebholz CM, White LF, Mitchell P, Curcio EP, Feldman JA, Kahn JH. The impact of footwear and packweight on injury and illness among long-distance hikers. Wilderness Environ Med. 2009; 20(3):250-6. PMID: 19737037.
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  47. Chartrand MM, Frank DA, White LF, Shope TR. Effect of parents' wartime deployment on the behavior of young children in military families. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008 Nov; 162(11):1009-14. PMID: 18981347.
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  48. White LF, Pagano M. A likelihood-based method for real-time estimation of the serial interval and reproductive number of an epidemic. Stat Med. 2008 Jul 20; 27(16):2999-3016. PMID: 18058829.
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  49. Freeman K, Feldman JA, Mitchell P, Donovan J, Dyer KS, Eliseo L, White LF, Temin ES. Effects of presentation and electrocardiogram on time to treatment of hyperkalemia. Acad Emerg Med. 2008 Mar; 15(3):239-49. PMID: 18304054.
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  50. White LF, Pagano M. Transmissibility of the influenza virus in the 1918 pandemic. PLoS One. 2008; 3(1):e1498. PMID: 18231585.
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  51. Ozonoff A, Jeffery C, Manjourides J, White LF, Pagano M. Effect of spatial resolution on cluster detection: a simulation study. Int J Health Geogr. 2007; 6:52. PMID: 18042281.
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