Faculty Member

Michael Escobar Ph.D.

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
(416) 978-7942
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health Health Sciences Building
155 College Street, 6th Floor Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Biostatistics Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Admin Position
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Research Interests

  • Developing new methods to compute Dirichlet process models for nonparametric Bayesian methods
  • Developing mixture models using both frequentist and Bayesian techniques and applying these methods to model population heterogeneity
  • Applying statistical methods in psychiatric research, especially in the areas of schizophrenia, learning disabilities, and suicide
  • Applying and improving statistical techniques in the medical, biological, and public health sciences

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • CHL 5223H Applied Bayesian Methods
  • STA 365 Applied Bayesian Statistics

Honours & Awards

  • LJ Savage Thesis award

Representative Publications

  • Shaywitz SE, Escobar MD, Shaywitz BA, Fletcher JM, Makuch R. Evidence that Dyslexia May Represent the Lower Tail of a Normal Distribution of Reading Ability. The New England Journal of Medicine 1992; 326:145-150.
  • Escobar MD. Estimating Normal Means with a Dirichlet Process Prior. Journal of the American Statistical Association 1994; 89:268-277.
  • Escobar MD and West M. Bayesian Density Estimation and Inference Using Mixtures. Journal of the American Statistical Association 1995; 90:577-588.
  • Wong, A., Escobar, M., Lesage, A., Loyer, M., Vanier, C., Sakinofsky, I., “Are United Nations Peacekeepers at Risk for Suicide?” Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 2001, 31, 103-112.
  • Roeder, K., Escobar, M., Kadane, J., and Balazs, I., “Measuring Heterogeneity in Forensic Databases,” Biometrika, 1998, 85, 269-287.
  • Beitchman, J.H., Wilson, B., Johnson, C.J., Atkinson, L., Young, A., Adlaf, E., Escobar, M., and Douglas, L., “Fourteen-year follow-up of speech/language impaired and control children: Psychiatric outcome,” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2001, 40(1), 75-82.
  • Escobar, M.D. and West, M., “Computing Bayesian Nonparametric Hierarchical Models,” in Practical Nonparametric and Semiparametric Bayesian Statistics, eds: D. Dey, P. Muller, D. Sinha, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1998, pp. 1-22.
  • Korn, C., Andrews, R.C., Escobar, M.D., “Development of Chlorine Dioxide-Related By-Product Models for Drinking Water Treatment,” Water Research, 2002, 36(1), 330-342.
  • Buckeridge, D.L., Glazier, R., Harvey, B.J., Escobar, M., Amrhein, C., Frank, J., “Effect of motor vehicle emmissions on respiratory health in an urban area,” Environmental Health Perspectives, 2002;110(3):293-300.
  • Ratcliff, G., Colantonio, A., Escobar, M., Chase, S., Vernich, L., “Long Term Survivial following Traumatic Brain Injury,” Disability and Rehabilitation, 2005, 27, 305-314.