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Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Professor, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

The focus of my research is on epidemiologic methods and how we distinguish between association and causation in observational research. I have been applying this work to the study of the role of religion and spirituality in end-of-life cancer care, and to examining the mechanisms governing associations between genetic and environmental risk factors and cancer risk.

Publications

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  • Rodin D, Balboni M, Mitchell C, Smith PT, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA. Whose role? Oncology practitioners' perceptions of their role in providing spiritual care to advanced cancer patients. Support Care Cancer 2015. PubMed
  • Joshi AD, Lindström S, Hüsing A, Barrdahl M, VanderWeele TJ, Campa D, Canzian F, Gaudet MM, Figueroa JD, Baglietto L, Berg CD, Buring JE, Chanock SJ, Chirlaque MD, Diver WR, Dossus L, Giles GG, Haiman CA, Hankinson SE, Henderson BE, Hoover RN, Hunter DJ, Isaacs C, Kaaks R, Kolonel LN, Krogh V, Le Marchand L, Lee IM, Lund E, McCarty CA, Overvad K, Peeters PH, Riboli E, Schumacher F, Severi G, Stram DO, Sund M, Thun MJ, Travis RC, Trichopoulos D, Willett WC, Zhang S, Ziegler RG, Kraft P, . Additive Interactions Between Susceptibility Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms Identified in Genome-Wide Association Studies and Breast Cancer Risk Factors in the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium. Am J Epidemiol 2014. PubMed
  • Epstein-Peterson ZD, Sullivan AJ, Enzinger AC, Trevino KM, Zollfrank AA, Balboni MJ, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA. Examining Forms of Spiritual Care Provided in the Advanced Cancer Setting. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2014. PubMed
  • VanderWeele TJ, Tchetgen Tchetgen EJ, Cornelis M, Kraft P. Methodological challenges in mendelian randomization. Epidemiology 2014; 25:427-35. PubMed
  • Huang YT, Vanderweele TJ, Lin X. JOINT ANALYSIS OF SNP AND GENE EXPRESSION DATA IN GENETIC ASSOCIATION STUDIES OF COMPLEX DISEASES. Ann Appl Stat 2014; 8:352-376. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Enzinger AC, Epstein-Peterson ZD, Tseng YD, Mitchell C, Niska J, Zollfrank A, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Nurse and Physician Barriers to Spiritual Care Provision at the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage 2014. PubMed
  • Vanderweele TJ, Ko YA, Mukherjee B. Environmental confounding in gene-environment interaction studies. Am J Epidemiol 2013; 178:144-52. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Balboni M, Enzinger AC, Gallivan K, Paulk ME, Wright A, Steinhauser K, VanderWeele TJ, Prigerson HG. Provision of spiritual support to patients with advanced cancer by religious communities and associations with medical care at the end of life. JAMA Intern Med 2013; 173:1109-17. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Amobi A, Phelps AC, Gorman DP, Zollfrank A, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Why is spiritual care infrequent at the end of life? Spiritual care perceptions among patients, nurses, and physicians and the role of training. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31:461-7. PubMed
  • Ogburn EL, Vanderweele TJ. Bias attenuation results for nondifferentially mismeasured ordinal and coarsened confounders. Biometrika 2013; 100:241-248. PubMed
  • VanderWeele TJ. Policy-relevant proportions for direct effects. Epidemiology 2012; 24:175-6. PubMed
  • Vansteelandt S, Vanderweele TJ. Natural direct and indirect effects on the exposed: effect decomposition under weaker assumptions. Biometrics 2013; 68:1019-27. PubMed
  • Pierce BL, VanderWeele TJ. The effect of non-differential measurement error on bias, precision and power in Mendelian randomization studies. Int J Epidemiol 2012; 41:1383-93. PubMed
  • Vanderweele TJ, Mukherjee B, Chen J. Sensitivity analysis for interactions under unmeasured confounding. Stat Med 2012; 31:2552-64. PubMed
  • Ogburn EL, VanderWeele TJ. Analytic results on the bias due to nondifferential misclassification of a binary mediator. Am J Epidemiol 2012; 176:555-61. PubMed
  • Vanderweele TJ, Adami HO, Tamimi RM. Mammographic density as a mediator for breast cancer risk: analytic approaches. Breast Cancer Res 2012; 14:317. PubMed
  • Phelps AC, Lauderdale KE, Alcorn S, Dillinger J, Balboni MT, Van Wert M, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Addressing spirituality within the care of patients at the end of life: perspectives of patients with advanced cancer, oncologists, and oncology nurses. J Clin Oncol 2012; 30:2538-44. PubMed
  • VanderWeele TJ, Valeri L, Ogburn EL. The role of measurement error and misclassification in mediation analysis: mediation and measurement error. Epidemiology 2012; 23:561-4. PubMed
  • VanderWeele TJ, Hernán MA. Results on differential and dependent measurement error of the exposure and the outcome using signed directed acyclic graphs. Am J Epidemiol 2012; 175:1303-10. PubMed
  • Vanderweele TJ. Inference for additive interaction under exposure misclassification. Biometrika 2013; 99:502-508. PubMed
  • Vanderweele TJ, Tan Z. Directed acyclic graphs with edge-specific bounds. Biometrika 2012; 99:115-126. PubMed
  • Vanderweele TJ, Asomaning K, Tchetgen Tchetgen EJ, Han Y, Spitz MR, Shete S, Wu X, Gaborieau V, Wang Y, McLaughlin J, Hung RJ, Brennan P, Amos CI, Christiani DC, Lin X. Genetic Variants on 15q25.1, Smoking, and Lung Cancer: An Assessment of Mediation and Interaction. Am J Epidemiol 2012. PubMed
  • Balboni T, Balboni M, Paulk ME, Phelps A, Wright A, Peteet J, Block S, Lathan C, Vanderweele T, Prigerson H. Support of cancer patients' spiritual needs and associations with medical care costs at the end of life. Cancer 2011; 117:5383-91. PubMed
  • Winkelman WD, Lauderdale K, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Peteet JR, Block SD, Kachnic LA, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA. The relationship of spiritual concerns to the quality of life of advanced cancer patients: preliminary findings. J Palliat Med 2011; 14:1022-8. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Babar A, Dillinger J, Phelps AC, George E, Block SD, Kachnic L, Hunt J, Peteet J, Prigerson HG, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. "It Depends": Viewpoints of Patients, Physicians, and Nurses on Patient-Practitioner Prayer in the Setting of Advanced Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage 2011. PubMed
  • Vallurupalli M, Lauderdale K, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Block SD, Ng AK, Kachnic LA, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. The role of spirituality and religious coping in the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer receiving palliative radiation therapy. J Support Oncol 2012; 10:81-7. PubMed
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