HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2021-2022 YEAR (Sabbatical Spring 2021)
Research: 4 publications
Chair of 5 doctoral dissertation committees in Epidemiology (1 defended in 2021)
Chair admissions committee processing 90+ applicants for PhD Program
Sean D. Cleary, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Milken Institute School of Public Health and Director of the MS/PhD Epidemiology Programs. Dr. Cleary was trained in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Columbia University in New York City. He has over 25 years of experience designing, conducting and analyzing applied epidemiological research in a variety of settings, e.g., schools, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, prisons, and the community, both domestic and international. He has experience and training in sampling methods, psychometrics, complex survey sampling design and analysis, GIS and spatial analysis, structural equation modeling and latent growth analysis. Dr. Cleary is a ‘06-‘07 recipient of a Senior Scholar Fulbright Award in Nepal where he taught courses in basic epidemiology research, conducted a study of knowledge and attitudes of HIV risk behaviors among college students, and supervised two MS students completing their thesis on related topics. Dr. Cleary began his career as an epidemiology in the Peace Corps serving 2+ years in Thailand and working under the Ministry of Health in both the Division of Malaria and the Division of Filariasis Control. After completing his education Dr. Cleary was the project director of a 5-year longitudinal study, Temperament, Self-Control, and Adolescent Substance Use, funded by NIH/NIDA, with primary responsibility for sampling, data collection (~2,000 students followed for 4 years), tracking and analysis. He has also been co-investigator on studies funded by Kennedy-Krieger Institute and the Department of Defense and a statistical consultant for the Institute of Trauma and Violence, National Development and Research Institutes, for studies of the young prison population funded by NIH/NIDA. He was Co-PI of the prototype SAFER Latinos intervention (now completed) with Dr. Edberg in collaboration with the Latino community. Dr. Cleary was also Co-I on a CDC funded study of Etiologic Frameworks to Prevent Gender Based Violence Among Immigrant Latinos (McDonnell, PI) and Co- I on a NCI funded project on smoking cessation among pregnant women in West Virginia (Windsor, PI) and Co-I on CDC-funded REACH grant WaterUp! (Edberg PI), and PI of the Adelante Intervention study (NIMHD). Dr. Cleary was a consultant with National Minority Quality Forum for over 10 years and PI on numerous research projects overseeing all research activities focusing on health disparities in minority populations. He continues as the AVANCE Center co-Director, Director of the Center’s Research Core, and Co-Lead of the Collaboration & Multidisciplinary Team Science module of the CTSI-CN (PI Guay-Woodford).