Faculty Member

Michael Escobar Ph.D.

Email Address(es)
m.escobar@utoronto.ca
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
Website(s)
http://individual.utoronto.ca/Escobar/
Division(s)/Office
Biostatistics Division
Position
Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Tenured
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.