William Dudley, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
My primary research interest is the study of individual differences in trajectories of change over time, correlates of change, the discovery of typologies of change, and health outcomes related to the process of change. Of particular interest to me is the study of individual differences in trajectories of symptoms related to cancer and it treatment. Although there is considerable work in the study of change by developmental psychologist in areas such as vocabulary and substance use, there has been little work in the study of how those with chronic disease change during the course of treatment. Work in this area could lead to better predictive modeling of change in symptoms and their impact on quality of life. More generally, I am a trained methodologist (PhD in Experimental Psychology) with extensive experience as a statistician. I am constantly on the lookout for the most congruent designs and quantitative methods for a given set of research questions. I have been especially successful in adopting statistical methods (such as CHAID, Mediation Modeling, and Growth Curve Modeling) for the analyses of existing data and for the planning of new research grant proposals.
The overarching goal of my work as Associate Dean for Research is to foster growth in the HHS Research Enterprise. One of the most critical aspects of this work is helping researchers identify funding opportunities and helping them fashion their research ideas into competitive grant applications. Often this requires the networking of researchers with complementary areas of research. In this role, I work across boundaries (departmental, School, university) to identify and foster opportunities for multidisciplinary research. Additionally I find that my extensive work in support of research has provided me with the ability to work closely with faculty as they fashion their research question and plan the research methods and analyses by which they will test their questions.
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