Laura Forsberg White, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Biostatistics

PhD, Harvard University



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).

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Harvard School of Public Health
Biostatistics




Methods to estimate the effect of intervention on the incidence and transmission of Tuberculosis
04/15/2017 - 03/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of General Medica
1R01GM122876-01

The impact of Alcohol Consumption on TB Treatment Outcomes
04/08/2016 - 03/31/2018 (Co-PI)
PI: C. Robert Horsburgh Jr, MD
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIAID
5R01AI119037-02

Autophagy-based HDT for Tuberculosis
09/25/2015 - 08/31/2017 (Co-PI)
PI: C. Robert Horsburgh Jr, MD
University of New Mexico NIH NIAID
5UH2AI122313-02

MIDAS Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
09/01/2012 - 08/31/2014 (PI)
Harvard School of Public Health NIH NIGMS
5U54GM088558-05

MIDAS Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
09/15/2009 - 08/31/2012 (PI)
Harvard School of Public Health NIH NIGMS
5U54GM088558-03



Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Barocas JA, Wang J, White LF, Tasillo A, Salomon JA, Freedberg KA, Linas BP. Hepatitis C Testing Increased Among Baby Boomers Following The 2012 Change To CDC Testing Recommendations. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Dec; 36(12):2142-2150.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29200354.
  2. Hochberg NS, Sarkar S, Horsburgh CR, Knudsen S, Pleskunas J, Sahu S, Kubiak RW, Govindarajan S, Salgame P, Lakshminarayanan S, Sivaprakasam A, White LF, Joseph NM, Ellner JJ, Roy G. Comorbidities in pulmonary tuberculosis cases in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India: Opportunities for intervention. PLoS One. 2017; 12(8):e0183195.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28832615.
  3. Jones-López EC, Acuña-Villaorduña C, Fregona G, Marques-Rodrigues P, White LF, Hadad DJ, Dutra-Molina LP, Vinhas S, McIntosh AI, Gaeddert M, Ribeiro-Rodrigues R, Salgame P, Palaci M, Alland D, Ellner JJ, Dietze R. Incident Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in household contacts of infectious tuberculosis patients in Brazil. BMC Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 18; 17(1):576.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28821234.
  4. Jacobson KR, Barnard M, Kleinman MB, Streicher EM, Ragan EJ, White LF, Shapira O, Dolby T, Simpson J, Scott L, Stevens W, van Helden PD, Van Rie A, Warren RM. Implications of Failure to Routinely Diagnose Resistance to Second-Line Drugs in Patients With Rifampicin-Resistant Tuberculosis on Xpert MTB/RIF: A Multisite Observational Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jun 01; 64(11):1502-1508.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28199520; DOI: 10.1093/cid/cix128;.
  5. Reddy D, Walker J, White LF, Brandeis GH, Russell ML, Horsburgh CR, Hochberg NS. Latent Tuberculosis Infection Testing Practices in Long-Term Care Facilities, Boston, Massachusetts. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jun; 65(6):1145-1151.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28467605.
  6. Gardiner PM, McCue KD, Negash LM, Cheng T, White LF, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Jack BW, Bickmore TW. Engaging women with an embodied conversational agent to deliver mindfulness and lifestyle recommendations: A feasibility randomized control trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Sep; 100(9):1720-1729.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28495391.
  7. Acuña-Villaorduña C, Orikiriza P, Nyehangane D, White LF, Mwanga-Amumpaire J, Kim S, Bonnet M, Fennelly KP, Boum Y, Jones-López EC. Effect of previous treatment and sputum quality on diagnostic accuracy of Xpert® MTB/RIF. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2017 Apr 01; 21(4):389-397. PMID: 28284253; DOI: 10.5588/ijtld.16.0785;.
  8. Coogan PF, White LF, Yu J, Brook RD, Burnett RT, Marshall JD, Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Jerrett M. Long-Term Exposure to NO2 and Ozone and Hypertension Incidence in the Black Women''s Health Study. Am J Hypertens. 2017 Apr 01; 30(4):367-372.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28096146; DOI: 10.1093/ajh/hpw168;.
  9. McIntosh AI, Doros G, Jones-López EC, Gaeddert M, Jenkins HE, Marques-Rodrigues P, Ellner JJ, Dietze R, White LF. Extensions to Bayesian generalized linear mixed effects models for household tuberculosis transmission. Stat Med. 2017 Jul 20; 36(16):2522-2532.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28370491; DOI: 10.1002/sim.7303;.
  10. Watts NS, Mizinduko MM, Barnett ED, White LF, Hochberg NS. Association between parasitic infections and tuberculin skin test results in refugees. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2017 Mar - Apr; 16:35-40.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28342825; DOI: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2017.03.007;.
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