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Scholarly Interest Report
Marie Lynn Miranda
Professor of Statistics
  • M.A. Economics (1988) Harvard University
  • B.A. Mathematics and Economics (1985) Duke University
  • Ph.D. Economics (1990) Harvard University
Primary Department
   Department of Statistics
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles

A.P. Sanders, L. Smeester, D. Rojas, T. DeBussycher, M.C. Wu, F.A. Wright, Y. Zhou, J.E. Laine, J.E. Rager, G.K. Swamy, A. Ashley-Koch, M.L. Miranda, and R.C. Fry "Cadmium exposure and the epigenome: Exposure-associated patterns of DNA methylation in leukocytes from mother-baby pairs." Epigenetics, 9(2) (2013)


B. Neelon, A. Gelfand, and M.L. Miranda "A multivariate spatial mixture model for areal data: Examining regional differences in standardized test scores." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics), 63(5) (2014) : 717-761.


B. Neelon, G.K. Swamy, L.F. Burgette, and M.L. Miranda "A Bayesian growth mixture model to examine maternal hypertension and birth outcomes." Statistics in Medicine, 30(22) (2011) : 2721-35.


B. Neelon, R. Anthopolos, and M.L. Miranda "A spatial bivariate probit model for correlated binary data with application to adverse birth outcomes." Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 23(2) (2014) : 119-133.


B.W. Strauss, E.M. Valentiner, S. Bhattacharya, M.M. Smerek, A.A. Dunham, L.K. Newby, and M.L. Miranda "Improving population representation through geographic health information systems: mapping the MURDOCK study." American Journal of Translational Research, 6(4) (2014) : 402-412.


C.J. Paul and M.L. Miranda "Air pollution and global public health." Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health, Richard Parker and Marni Sommer, editors (2011) : Taylor and Francis Group.


C.K. Ward-Caviness, W.E. Kraus, C. Blach, C. Haynes, E. Dowdy, M.L. Miranda, R.B. Devlin, D. Diaz-Sanchez, W.E. Cascio, S. Mukherjee, C. Stallings, L.A. Smith, S.G. Gregory, S.H. Shah, E.R. Hauser, and L.M. Neas "Association of Roadway Proximity with Fasting Plasma Glucose and Metabolic Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in a Cross-Sectional Study of Cardiac Catheterization Patients." Environmental Health Perspectives. Epub ahead of print. (2015)


C.M. Mutero, R.A. Kramer, C. Paul, A. Lesser, M.L. Miranda, L.E.G. Mboera, R. Kiptui, N. Kabatereine and B. Ameneshewa "“Factors influencing malaria control policy-making in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania." Malaria Journal, 13 (2014) : 305.


D. Dolinoy and M.L. Miranda "GIS modeling of air toxics releases from TRI-reporting and non-TRI-reporting facilities: Impacts for environmental justice." Environmental Health Perspectives, 112(7): 1717-1724.


D. Hastings and M.L. Miranda "Using GIS-based models to protect children from lead exposure." Community-Based Operations Research: Decision Modeling for Local Impact and Diverse Populations, Michael P. Johnson editor (2011) : Springer Science+Business Media.


D. Kim, M.A. Overstreet Galeano, A. Hull, and M.L. Miranda "A framework for widespread replication of a highly spatially resolved childhood lead exposure risk model." Environmental Health Perspectives, 116(12) (2008) : 1735-1739.


D. Kim, M.L. Miranda, J.L. Tootoo, P. Bradley, and A. Gelfand "Spatial modeling for groundwater arsenic levels in North Carolina." Environmental Science & Technology, 45(11) (2011) : 4824-3.


D.E. Buttke, A. Wolkin, H.M. Stapleton, and M.L. Miranda "Associations between serum levels of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants and environmental and behavioral factors in pregnant women." Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 23 (2013) : 176-182.


E. Halperin, M.L. Miranda, D. Watson, and S. George "Medulloblastoma and birth date: Evaluating three U.S. data sets." Archives of Environmental Health, 59(1): 26-30.


E. Tassone, M.L. Miranda, and A. Gelfand "Disaggregated spatial modeling for areal unit categorical data." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics), 59, Part 1 (2010) : 175-190.


G. Xia, M.L. Miranda, and A. Gelfand "Approximately optimal spatial design approaches for environmental health data." Environmetrics, 17(4) (2006) : 363-385.


G.K. Swamy, M.E. Garrett, M.L. Miranda, and A.E. Ashley-Koch "Maternal vitamin D receptor genetic variation contributes to infant birthweight among black mothers." American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 155 (2011) : 1264-1271.


G.K. Swamy, S. Edwards, A. Gelfand, and M.L. Miranda "Maternal age, birth order, and race: Differential effects on birthweight." Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(2) (2012) : 136-142.


G.L. Kroeger, L. Messer, S.E. Edwards, and M.L. Miranda "A novel tool for assessing and summarizing the built environment." International Journal of Health Geographics, 11 (2012) : 46.


H. Stapleton, S. Eagle, R. Anthopolos, A. Wolkin, and M.L. Miranda "Associations between Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) flame retardants, phenolic metabolites, and thyroid hormones during pregnancy." Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(10) (2011) : 1454-1459.


H.H. Chang, B.J. Reich, and M.L. Miranda "Time-to-event analysis of fine particle air pollution and preterm birth: Results from North Carolina, 2001-2005." American Journal of Epidemiology, 175(2) (2012) : 91-98.


H.H. Chang, B.J. Reich, and M.L. Miranda "“A spatial time-to-event approach for estimating associations between air pollution and preterm birth." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics), 62(2) (2013) : 167-179.


J. Hays, J. Davis, and M.L. Miranda "Incorporating a built environment module into an accelerated second degree community health nursing course." Public Health Nursing , 23(5) (2006) : 442-452.


J.E. Johnston, E. Valentiner, P. Maxson, M.L. Miranda, and R.C. Fry "Maternal cadmium levels during pregnancy associated with lower birth weight in infants in a North Carolina cohort." PLoS One, 9(10):e109661


J.L. Purser, M.N. Kuchibhatla, M.L. Miranda, D.G. Blazer, H.J. Cohen, G.G. Fillenbaum "Geographical segregation and Interleukin-6, a marker of chronic inflammation in older adults." Biomarkers in Medicine, 2(4) (2008) : 335-348-.


J.L. Tootoo, B.C. Castrucci, P. Maxson, M. Casper, and M.L. Miranda "Using geographic health information systems (GHIS) for population heath” in ‘Practical Playbook’, J. Lloyd Michener, editor.." Oxford University PressIn Press


K. Pezzoli, R. Tukey, H. Sarabia, I. Zaslavsky, M.L. Miranda, W.A. Suk, A. Lin, M. Ellisman "The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Data Resource Portal: Placing advanced technologies in service to vulnerable communities." Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(4) (2007) : 564-571.


L. C. Vinikoor-Imler, S.C. Gray, S.E. Edwards, and M.L. Miranda ""The effects of exposure to particulate matter and neighborhood deprivation on gestational hypertension." Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 26(2) (2012) : 91-100.Submitted


L. Corsino, J.R. McDuffie, J. Kotch, R. Coeytaux, B. Fuemmeler, G. Murphy, M.L. Miranda, et al. "Achieving health for a lifetime: A community engagement assessment focusing on school-age children to decrease obesity in Durham, North Carolina." North Carolina Medical Journal, 74(1) (2013) : 18-26.


L. Messer, P. Maxson, and M.L. Miranda "“The urban built environment and associations with women's psychosocial health." Journal of Urban Health (2012) : 1-15.


L.E.G. Mboera, R.A. Kramer, M.L. Miranda, S.P. Kilima, E.H. Shayo, and A. Lesser "Community knowledge and acceptance of larviciding for malaria control in a rural district of east-central Tanzania." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(5) (2014) : 5137-5154.


L.F. Burgette, M.L. Miranda, and J.P. Reiter "Exploratory quantile regression with many covariates: An application to adverse birth outcomes." Epidemiology, 22(6) (2011) : 859-866.


M. L. Miranda, G. Swamy, S. Edwards, P. Maxson, A. Gelfand, and S. James "Disparities in maternal hypertension and pregnancy outcomes: Evidence from North Carolina, 1994-2003." Public Health Reports, 125(4) (2010) : 579-587.


M. L. Miranda, S. Edwards, G. Swamy, C. Paul, and B. Neelon "Blood lead levels among pregnant women: Historical versus contemporaneous exposures." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7(4) (2010) : 1508-1519.


M.L. Miranda "Landowner incorporation of onsite soil erosion costs: An application to the Conservation Reserve Program." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 74(2) (1992) : 434-443.


M.L. Miranda "Multiple objective welfare functions: An application to Malaysian forestry." Forestry and the Environment: Economic Perspectives,, Adamowicz, White and Phillips, editors (1993) : CAB International.


M.L. Miranda "Scientific grace." Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 82(10) (2008) : 657.


M.L. Miranda and B.W. Hale "A taxing environment: Evaluating the multiple objectives of environmental taxes." Environmental Science and Technology, 36(24) (2002) : 5289-5295.


M.L. Miranda and B.W. Hale "Fran skogsavfall till energi – Kostnader och miljoeffekter." SNS Forlag (1998)


M.L. Miranda and B.W. Hale "Paradise recovered: Energy production and waste management in island environments." Energy Policy, 33(13) (2005) : 1691-1702.


M.L. Miranda and B.W. Hale "Protecting the forest from the trees: The social costs of energy production in Sweden." Energy, 26 (2001) : 869-889.


M.L. Miranda and B.W. Hale "Waste not, want not: The private and social costs of waste-to-energy production." Energy Policy, 25(6) (1997) : 587-600.


M.L. Miranda and D. Bynum "Unit based pricing and undesirable diversion: Market prices and community characteristics." Society and Natural Resources, 15(1) (2002) : 1-15.


M.L. Miranda and D. Dolinoy "Using GIS-Based approaches to support research on neurotoxicants and other children’s environmental health threats." NeuroToxicology, 26(2) (2005) : 223-228.


M.L. Miranda and J. E. Aldy "Unit pricing of residential municipal solid waste: Lessons from nine case study communities." Journal of Environmental Management, 52(1) (1998) : 79-93.


M.L. Miranda and J.E. Aldy "Recycling jumps when communities use unit pricing for residential garbage." Resource Recycling (1996) : 27-31.


M.L. Miranda and S. LaPalme "User rights, user groups, and biodiversity conservation." Last Stand: Protected Areas and the Defense of Tropical Biodiversity, van Schaik, Kramer, and Johnson, editors. (1997) : Oxford University Press.


M.L. Miranda and S.E. Edwards "Use of spatial analysis to support environmental health research and practice." North Carolina Medical Journal, 72(2) (2011) : 132-135.


M.L. Miranda, D. Dolinoy, and M. Overstreet "Mapping for prevention: GIS models for directing childhood lead poisoning prevention programs." Environmental Health Perspectives, 110(9) (2002) : 947-953.


M.L. Miranda, D. Dolinoy, and M.A. Overstreet Galeano "GIS and childhood lead exposure: From research design to model development to community translation." Public Health GIS News and Information, 54 (2003) : 11-14.


M.L. Miranda, D. Hastings, J. Aldy, and W. Schlesinger "The environmental justice dimensions of climate change." Environmental Justice, 4(1) (2011) : 17-25.


M.L. Miranda, D. Kim, A.P. Hull, C.J. Paul, and M.A. Overstreet Galeano "Changes in blood lead levels associated with use of chloramines in water treatment systems." Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(2) (2007) : 221-225.


M.L. Miranda, D. Kim, J. Reiter, M.A. Overstreet, and P. Maxson "Environmental contributors to the achievement gap." NeuroToxicology, 30 (2009) : 1019-1024.


M.L. Miranda, D. Kim, M.A. Overstreet Galeano, C.J. Paul, A.P. Hull, and S.P. Morgan "The relationship between early childhood blood lead levels and performance on end of grade tests." Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(8) (2007) : 1242-1247.


M.L. Miranda, J. Everett, D. Blume, and B. Roy "Market-Based incentives and residential municipal solid waste." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 13(4) (1994) : 681-698.


M.L. Miranda, J. Ferranti, B. Strauss, B. Neelon, and R.M. Califf "Geographic health information systems: A platform for supporting the ‘triple aim’." Health Affairs, 32(9) (2013) : 1608-1615.


M.L. Miranda, J.M. Silva, M.A. Overstreet Galeano, J.P. Brown, D.S. Campbell, E. Coley, C.S. Cowan, D. Harvell, J. Lassiter, J.L. Parks, and W. Sandelé "Building geographic information system capacity in local health departments: Lessons from a North Carolina project." American Journal of Public Health, 95(12) (2005) : 2180-5.


M.L. Miranda, J.N. Miller, and T.L. Jacobs "Talking trash about landfills: Using quantitative scoring schemes in landfill siting decisions." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 19(1) (2000) : 3-22.


M.L. Miranda, L. Messer, and G. Kroeger "Associations between the quality of the residential built environment and pregnancy outcomes among women in North Carolina." Environmental Health Perspectives, 120(3) (2012) : 471-477.


M.L. Miranda, L. Yarger, D. Dolinoy "Childhood lead exposure: Effects and policy options." Nicholas School Monograph (2000)


M.L. Miranda, M. A. Overstreet Galeano, E. Tassone, K.D. Allen, R.D. Horner "Spatial analysis of the etiology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis among 1991 Gulf War veterans." NeuroToxicology, 29(6) (2008) : 964-970.


M.L. Miranda, M. Casper, J. Tootoo, and L. Schieb "Putting chronic disease on the map: Building GIS capacity in state and local health departments." Preventing Chronic Disease, 10:120321 (2013)


M.L. Miranda, M. Keating, and S. Edwards "Environmental justice implications of reduced reporting requirements of the Toxics Release Inventory Burden Reduction Rule." Environmental Science and Technology, 42 (2008) : 5407-5414.


M.L. Miranda, M.A. Overstreet Galeano, B. Hale, and W.R. Thomann "Crawl spaces as reservoirs for transmission of mold to the livable part of the home environment." Reviews on Environmental Health, 26(3) (2011) : 205-213.


M.L. Miranda, O.M. Corrales, M. Regan, and W. Ascher "Forestry Institutions." Managing the World's Forest, Sharma and Rowe (1992)


M.L. Miranda, P. Maxson, S. Edwards "Environmental contributors to disparities in pregnancy outcomes." Epidemiologic Reviews, 31 (2009) : 67-83.


M.L. Miranda, P. Maxson, and D. Kim "Early childhood lead exposure and exceptionality designations for students." International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 3(1) (2010) : 77-84.


M.L. Miranda, P. Mohai, J. Bus, G. Charnley, E. Dorward-King, P. Foster, W. Munns "Human-ecological interconnections: Policy concepts and applications." Interconnections between Human Health and Ecological Integrity, R. Di Giulio and W. Benson, editors (2002) : SETAC Press.


M.L. Miranda, R. Anthopolos, and D. Hastings "A geospatial analysis of the effects of aviation gasoline on childhood blood lead levels." Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(10) (2011) : 1513-1516.


M.L. Miranda, R. Anthopolos, and S.E. Edwards "Seasonality of poor pregnancy outcomes in North Carolina." North Carolina Medical Journal, 72(6) (2011) : 447-453.


M.L. Miranda, R. Anthopolos, and S.G. Gregory "Induction or augmentation of labor and autism – Reply." JAMA Pediatrics, 168(2) (2014) : 191-2.


M.L. Miranda, R. Anthopolos, and S.G. Gregory "“Association of autism with induced or augmented childbirth." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 210(5) (2014) : 492-493.


M.L. Miranda, S. Edwards, and P. Maxson "Mercury levels in an urban pregnant population in Durham County, North Carolina." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8 (2011) : 698-712.


M.L. Miranda, S.E. Edwards, H.H. Chang, and R.L. Auten "Proximity to roadways and pregnancy outcomes." Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 23 (2013) : 32-38.


M.L. Miranda, S.E. Edwards, M.H. Keating, and C.J. Paul "Making the environmental justice grade: The relative burden of air pollution exposure in the United States." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8(6) (2011) : 1755-1771.


M.L. Miranda, S.E. Edwards, R. Anthopolos, D.H. Dolinsky, and A.R. Kemper "The built environment and childhood obesity in Durham, NC." Clinical Pediatrics, 51(8) (2012) : 750-758.


M.L. Miranda, S.E. Edwards, and E.R. Myers "Adverse birth outcomes among nulliparous versus multiparous women." Public Health Reports, 126(6) (2011) : 797-805.


P. Maxson and M.L. Miranda "Pregnancy intention, demographic differences, and psychosocial health." Journal of Women's Health, 20(8) (2011) : 1215-1223.


P. Maxson, S.E. Edwards, A. Ingram, and M.L. Miranda "Psychosocial differences between smokers and non-smokers during pregnancy." Addictive Behaviors, 37(2) (2012) : 153-159.


R. Anthopolos, J.S. Kaufman, L.C. Messer, and M.L. Miranda "Racial residential segregation and preterm birth: built environment as a mediator." Epidemiology, 25(3) (2014) : 397-405.


R. Anthopolos, M. Keating, D. Camann, and M.L. Miranda "The occurrence of pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in residential dust in North Carolina." Journal of Environmental and Analytical Toxicology, 2(1) (2012) : 122.


R. Anthopolos, S.A. James, A.E. Gelfand, and M.L. Miranda "A spatial measure of neighborhood-level racial isolation applied to low birthweight, preterm birth, and birthweight in North Carolina." Spatial and Spatio Temporal Epidemiology, 2(4) (2011) : 235-246.


R. Anthopolos, S.E. Edwards, and M.L. Miranda "Effects of maternal prenatal smoking and birth outcomes extending into the normal range on academic performance in fourth grade in North Carolina, USA." Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 27(6) (2013) : 564-574.


R.A. Kramer, K.L. Dickinson, R.M. Anderson, V. G. Fowler, M.L. Miranda, C.B. Mutero, K.A. Saterson, and J.B. Wiener "Using decision analysis to improve malaria control policy making." Health Policy, 92(2-3) (2009) : 133-140.


R.A. Kramer, L.E.G. Mboera, K. Senkoro, A. Lesser, E.H. Shayo, C.J. Paul, and M.L. Miranda "A randomized longitudinal factorial design to assess malaria vector control and disease management interventions in rural Tanzania." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(5) (2014) : 5317-5332.


R.L. Richesson, S.A. Rusincovitch, D. Wixted, B.C. Batch, M.N. Feinglos, M.L. Miranda, W.E. Hammond, R.M. Califf, and S.E. Spratt "A comparison of phenotype definitions for diabetes mellitus." Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 20 (2013) : e319-e326.


R.M. Califf, I. Sanderson, and M.L. Miranda "The future of cardiovascular clinical research informatics, clinical investigators, and community engagement." Journal of the American Medical Association, 308(17) (2012) : 1747-1748.


S. Bhattacharya, A.A. Dunham, M.A. Cornish, V.A. Christian, G.S. Ginsburg, J.D. Tenenbaum, M.L. Nahm, M.L. Miranda, R.M. Califf, R.J. Dolor, and L.K. Newby "The Measurement to Understand Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/Kannapolis (MURDOCK) study community registry and biorepository." American Journal of Translational Research, 4(4) (2012) : 458-470.


S. Gray, S. Edwards, and M.L. Miranda "Assessing exposure metrics for PM and birth weight models." Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 20(5) (2010) : 469-477.


S. Gray, S.E. Edwards, and M.L. Miranda "Race, socioeconomic status, and air pollution exposure in North Carolina." Environmental Research, 126 (2013) : 152-158.


S. Schwartz, A. Gelfand, and M.L. Miranda "Joint Bayesian analysis of birthweight and censored gestational age using finite mixture models." Statistics in Medicine 20, 29(16) (2010) : 1710-1723.


S.C. Gray, A.E. Gelfand, and M.L. Miranda "Hierarchical spatial modeling of uncertainty in air pollution and birth weight study." Statistics in Medicine, 30(17) (2011) : 2187-98.


S.C. Gray, S.E. Edwards, B.D. Schultz, and M.L. Miranda "Assessing the impact of race, social factors and air pollution on birth outcomes: a population-based study." Environmental Health, 13(1) (2014) : 4.


S.E. Edwards, B. Strauss, and M.L. Miranda "Geocoding large population-level administrative datasets at highly resolved spatial scales." Transactions in GIS, 18(4) (2014) : 586-603.


S.E. Edwards, P. Maxson, M.L. Miranda, and R.C. Fry "“Cadmium levels in a North Carolina cohort: Identifying risk factors for elevated levels during pregnancy." Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology (2014) : 1-6.


S.E. Edwards, P. Maxson, N. Sandberg, and M.L. Miranda "Air pollution and pregnancy outcomes” in ‘Air Pollution and Health Effects, John Hollingsworth, editor.." Springer PublishersIn Press


S.E. Spratt, B. Batch, L. Davis, A. Dunham, M. Easterling, M. Feinglos, B. Granger, G. Harris, M. Lyn, P. Maxson, B. Shah, B. Strauss, T. Thomas, R. Califf and M.L. Miranda "Methods and initial findings from the Durham Diabetes Coalition: Integrating geospatial health technology and community interventions to reduce death and disability." Journal of Clinical & Translational EndocrinologyIn Press


S.G. Gregory, R. Anthopolos, C. Osgood, C.A. Grotegut, and M.L. Miranda "Association of autism with induced or augmented childbirth in North Carolina birth record (1990-1998) and education research (1997-2007) databases." JAMA Pediatrics, 167(10) (PMID: 23928610) : 959-966.


V.J. Berrocal, A.E. Gelfand, D.M. Holland, J. Burke, and M.L. Miranda "On the use of a PM2.5 exposure simulator to explain birthweight." Environmetrics, 22(4) (2011) : 553-571.


V.J. Berrocal, M.L. Miranda, A.E. Gelfand, and S. Bhattacharya "Synthesizing categorical datasets to enhance inference." Statistical Methodology, 15 (2013) : 25-45.


W.R. Thomann, M.L. Miranda, M. Stiegel, and M.A. Overstreet Galeano "Shared air: Examining the contribution of mold from home crawl spaces to home interiors." Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria, Mycotoxins and Human Health (2004)


Z.J. Eapen, L.A. McCoy, G.C. Fonarow, C.W. Yancy, M.L. Miranda, E.D. Peterson, R.M. Califf, and A.F. Hernandez "Utility of Socioeconomic Status in Predicting 30-Day Outcomes after Heart Failure Hospitalization." Circulation: Heart Failure. Epub ahead of print. (2015)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 A.B. Duke Scholar,

 Phi Beta Kappa,

 Truman Scholar,

 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow,

 U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award,

 Richard K. Lublin Distinguished Award for Teaching Excellence,

 Marshall Scholar (awarded but not taken),

 Harvard University Chiles Fellowship,

 Century III Leaders Alumni Grant,

 AAUW American Fellowship,

 Lilly Foundation Fellow,

 Thomas Langford Lectureship Award,