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Karen Nielsen

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the BioSocial Methods Collaborative, housed in the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research’s Research Center for Group Dynamics. My work with the BioSocial Methods Collaborative involves development of methods for analyzing multi-modal data. As a statistician working on interdisciplinary projects, I seek out opportunities for statistics and quantitative methods innovations inspired by practical research questions. My dissertation uses neuroscience as motivation to show how selecting a problem-appropriate basis set can allow for more straight-forward modeling and analysis in a hierarchical framework. I am also passionate about teaching and statistics education.