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Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Faculty Profile

  • Michelle Bover Manderski, PhD, MPH

  • RBHS Instructor

  • Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

  • CV


Survey methodology; measurement of risk behaviors; tobacco control; epidemiology methods; cancer epidemiology

Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology, May 2019
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Public Health, Piscataway, New Jersey
Dissertation: Measurement and Evaluation of Risk Factors for Cancers of the Head and Neck in a Cohort of 9/11 World Trade Center Responders

Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, May 2007
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
School of Public Health, Piscataway, New Jersey
Thesis: Waking at night to smoke as a marker for tobacco dependence: Patient characteristics and relationship to treatment outcome

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Physiology and Neurobiology, May 2005
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Academic Affiliations
Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies
Core Faculty Member, 2017 – present

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Cancer Prevention and Control
Associate Member, 2019 – present

Research Interests
Dr. Bover Manderski’s research interests include survey methodology, measurement of health-related behaviors, cancer epidemiology, and epidemiology of tobacco use. She is especially interested in studying measurement and misclassification issues surrounding assessment of health behaviors. During her 10+ years at the Center for Tobacco Studies, Dr. Bover Manderski has led or collaborated on numerous research projects including surveillance, clinical and program evaluation, and experimental studies. Her expertise include survey development and validation, applied statistics, and behavioral epidemiology.

Select Publications
Manderski MTB, Black K, Black, T, Giuliano A, Steinberg MB, Udasin I, Graber J. Developing a tool for reconstructing risk factor behaviors before, during, and after the September 11th World Trade Center rescue and recovery efforts. (In Review).

Delnevo CD, Gundersen DA, Manderski MTB, Giovenco DP, Giovino GA. Importance of survey design for epidemiology of emerging tobacco product use among youth. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2017. 186(4):405-410.

Manderski MTB, Steinberg MB, Rahi KN, Banerjee S, Delnevo CD. Surveillance of tobacco use among South Asians in the US: Are we underestimating prevalence? Journal of Community Health. 2016. 41(6):1140-1145.

Wackowski OA, Bover Manderski MT, Delnevo CD. Comparison of direct and indirect measures of e-cigarette risk perceptions. Tobacco Regulatory Science. 2016;2(1):38-43.

Bover Manderski MT, Hrywna M, Delnevo CD. Hookah Use among New Jersey Youth: Associations and Changes over Time. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2012; 36(5):693-699.

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