Publications by Substantive Area

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Perinatal Epidemiology

VanderWeele, T.J. Resolutions of the birthweight paradox: competing explanations and analytic insights. International Journal of Epidemiology, in press.

Luque-Fernandez, M.A., Gelaye, B. VanderWeele, T.J., Ferre, C., Siega-Riz, A., Holzman, C., Enquobahrie, D., Dole, N., and Willams, M. (2014). Seasonal variation of 25-Hydroxyvitamin-D among non-Hispanic Black and White pregnant women from three U.S. pregnancy cohorts. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 28:166-176.

VanderWeele, T.J., Lauderdale, D.S. and Lantos, J.D. (2013). Medically induced preterm birth and the associations between prenatal care and infant mortality. Annals of Epidemiology, 23:435-440.

VanderWeele, T.J., Lantos, J.D. and Lauderdale, D.S. (2012). Rising preterm birth rates, 1989-2004: changing demographics or changing obstetric practice? Social Science and Medicine, 74:196-201.

Siddique, J., Lauderdale, D.S., VanderWeele, T.J. and Lantos, J.D. (2012). Screening tests during prenatal care: does practice follow the evidence? Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16:51-59.

VanderWeele, T.J., Mumford, S.L., and Schisterman, E.F. (2012). Conditioning on intermediates in perinatal epidemiology. Epidemiology 23:1-9.

Ananth, C.V. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2011). Placental abruption and perinatal mortality with preterm delivery as a mediator: disentangling direct and indirect effects. American Journal of Epidemiology, 174:99-108.

VanderWeele, T.J. and Hernández-Diaz, S. (2011). Is there a direct effect of pre-eclampsia on cerebral palsy not through preterm birth? Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 25:111-115.

Lauderdale, D.S., VanderWeele, T.J., Siddique, J. and Lantos, J.D. (2010). Prenatal care utilization in excess of recommended levels: trends from 1985-2004. Medical Care Research and Reviews, 67:609-622.

Siddique, J., Lauderdale, D.S., VanderWeele, T.J. and Lantos, J.D. (2009). Trends in prenatal ultrasound use in the United States: 1995-2006. Medical Care, 47:1129-1135.

VanderWeele, T.J., Lantos, J.D., Siddique, J. and Lauderdale, D.S., (2009). A comparison of four prenatal care indices in birth outcome models: comparable results for predicting small-for-gestational-age outcome but different results for preterm birth or infant mortality. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 62:438-45.

Sociology and Social Epidemiology

VanderWeele, T.J. and Robinson, W. (2014). On the causal interpretation of race in regressions adjusting for confounding and mediating variables. Epidemiology, 25:473-484.

VanderWeele, T.J. and Robinson, W.R. (2014). How to reduce racial disparities? Upon what to intervene? Epidemiology, 25:491-493.

Cacioppo, J.T., Cacioppo, S., Gonzaga, G., Ogburn, E.L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2013). Marital satisfaction and break-ups differ across on-line and off-line meeting venues. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110:10135-10140.

VanderWeele, T.J., Hong, G., Jones, S. and Brown, J. (2013). Mediation and spillover effects in group-randomized trials: a case study of the 4R's educational intervention. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 108:469-482.

Yuan, C., Lv, J., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2013). A randomized cluster-assignment design for interference: an assessment of health behavior peer effects in Peking University dormitories. PLoS One, 8:e75009.

VanderWeele, T.J. and An, W. (2013). Social networks and causal inference. Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research, S.L. Morgan (ed.). Springer, Chapter 17, p. 353-374.

VanderWeele, T.J. and Hernán, M.A. (2012). Causal effects and natural laws: towards a conceptualization of causal counterfactuals for non-manipulable exposures with application to the effects of race and sex. Causal Inference: Statistical Perspectives and Applications, (C. Berzuini, P. Dawid and L. Bernardinelli, eds.). Wiley and Sons., p. 101-113.

Nandi, A. Glymour, M.M., Kawachi, I. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2012). Using marginal structural models to estimate the direct effect of adverse childhood social conditions on onset of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Epidemiology, 23:223-232.

Ozer, E.J., Fernald, L.C.H., Weber, A., Flynn, E., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2011). Does alleviating poverty affect mothers' depressive symptoms?: a quasi-experimental investigation of Mexico's Oportunidades Programme. International Journal of Epidemiology, 40:1565-1576.

Wang, P. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2011). Empirical research on the factors related to the subjective well-being of Chinese urban residents. Social Indicators Research, 101:447-459.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2011). Sensitivity analysis for contagion effects in social networks. Sociological Methods and Research, 40:240-255.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2010). Direct and indirect effects for neighborhood-based clustered and longitudinal data. Sociological Methods and Research, 38:515-544.

Evans, A.T., Sadowski, L.S., VanderWeele, T.J., Curtis, L.M., Sharp, L.K., Kee, R.A., Grammer, L.C., Lyttle, C.S., Weiss, K.B., Shannon, J.J., for the CHIRAH Study Group. (2009). Ethnic disparities in asthma morbidity in Chicago. Journal of Asthma, 46:448-454.

Sadowski, L.S., Kee, R., VanderWeele, T.J. and Buchanan, D. (2009). Effect of a housing and case management program on emergency department visits and hospitalizations among chronically ill homeless adults: a randomized trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 301:1771-1778.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2008). Ignorability and stability assumptions in neighborhood effects research. Statistics in Medicine, 27:1934-1943.

Religion and Health

Balboni, M.J., Sullivan, A., Enzinger, A.C., Epstein-Petersen, Z., Tseng, Y., Mitchell, C., Niska, B.A., Zollfrank, A., VanderWeele, T.J., and Balboni, T. Nurse and physician barriers to spiritual care provision at the end of life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, in press.

Epstein-Peterson, Z.D., Sullivan, A.J., Enzinger, A.C., Trevino, K.M., Zollfrank, A.A., Balboni, M.J., VanderWeele, T.J., Balboni, T.A. Examining forms of spiritual care provided in the advanced cancer setting. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, in press.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2013). Re: Religious service attendance and major depression: a case of reverse causality? American Journal of Epidemiology, 177:275-276.

Balboni, T.A., Balboni, M.J., Enzinger, A.C., Gallivan, K., Paulk, M.E.,Wright, A., Steinhauser, K.,VanderWeele, T.J., and Prigerson, H.G. (2013). Provision of spiritual support to advanced cancer patients by religious communities and associations with medical care at the end of life. JAMA Internal Medicine, 73:1109-1117.

Balboni, M.J., Sullivan, A., Amobi, A., Phelps, A.C., Gorman, D., Zollfrank, A., Peteet, J.R., Prigerson, H.G., VanderWeele, T.J. and Balboni, T.A. (2013). Why is spiritual care infrequent at the end of life? Spiritual care perceptions among patients, nurses, and physicians and the role of training. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30:2538-2544.

Phelps, A.C., Lauderdale, K.E., Alcorn, S., Dillinger, J., Balboni, M.T., Van Wert, M., VanderWeele, T.J., and Balboni, T.A. (2012). Addressing spirituality within the care of patients at the end of life: perspectives of advanced cancer patients, oncologists, and oncology nurses. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30:2538-2544.

Vallurupalli, M., Lauderdale, K., Balboni, M.J., Prigerson, H.G., Phelps, A.C., VanderWeele, T.J., and Balboni, T.A. (2012). The role of spirituality and religious coping in the quality of life of patients receiving palliative radiation therapy. Journal of Supportive Oncology, 10:81-87.

Winkelman, W.D., Lauderdale, K., Balboni, M.J., Phelps, A.C., Block, S.D., VanderWeele, T.J., and Balboni, T.A. (2011). The relationship of spiritual concerns to the quality of life of advanced cancer patients. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14:1022-1028.

Balboni, M.J., Babar, A., Dillinger, J., Phelps, A.C., George, E., Block, S.D., Kachnic, L., Hunt, J., Peteet, J., Prigerson, H.G., VanderWeele, T.J., and Balboni, T.A. (2011). "It depends": "Viewpoints of patients, physicians and nurses on patient-practitioner prayer in the setting of advanced cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 41:836-847.

Balboni, T.A., Balboni, M.J., Phelps, A.C., Wright, A.A., Peteet, J.R., Block, S.D., Lathan, C. VanderWeele, T.J., and Prigerson, H.G. (2011). Support of terminal cancer patient spiritual needs and associations with medical care costs at the end of life. Cancer, 117:5383-5391

Genetic Epidemiology

Joshi, A.D., Lindstrom, S., Husing, A., Barrdahl, M., VanderWeele, T.J. et al. on behalf of the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3). Additive interactions between GWAS-identified susceptibility SNPs and breast cancer risk factors in the BPC3. American Journal of Epidemiology, in press.

VanderWeele, T.J., Tchetgen Tchetgen E.J., Cornelis, M., and Kraft, P. (2014). Methodological challenges with Mendelian randomization analysis. Epidemiology, 25:427-435.

Huang, Y.-T., VanderWeele, T.J., and Lin, X. (2014). Joint analysis of SNP and gene expression data in genetic association studies of complex diseases. Annals of Applied Statistics, 8:352-376.

VanderWeele, T.J. Ko, Y-.A., and Mukherjee, B. (2013). Environmental confounding in gene-environment interaction studies. American Journal of Epidemiology, 178:144-152.

Song, Y., Yeung, E., Liu, A., VanderWeele, T.J., Chen, L., Lu, C., Liu, C., Schisterman, E.F., Ning, Y. and Zhang, C. (2012). Pancreatic beta-cell function and type 2 diabetes risk: quantify the causal effect using a Mendelian randomization approach based on meta-analyses. Human Molecular Genetics, 21:5010-5018.

Pierce, B.L. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2012). The effect of non-differential measurement error on bias, precision, and power in Mendelian randomization studies. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41:1383-1393.

Chen, J., Kang, G., VanderWeele, T.J., Zhang, C., Mukherjee, B. (2012). Efficient designs of gene-environment interaction studies: implications of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and gene-environment independence. Statistics in Medicine, 31:2516-2530.

VanderWeele, T.J., Asomaning, K., Tchetgen Tchetgen, E.J., Han, Y., Spitz, M.R., Shete, S., Wu, X., Gaborieau, V., Wang, Y., McLaughlin, J., Hung, R.J., Brennan, P., Amos, C.I., Christiani, D.C. and Lin, X. (2012). Genetic variants on 15q25.1, smoking and lung cancer: an assessment of mediation and interaction. American Journal of Epidemiology, 175:1013-1020.

VanderWeele, T.J. and Laird, N.M. (2011). Tests for compositional epistasis under single interaction-parameter models. Annals of Human Genetics, Special Issue on Epistasis, 75:146-156.

Pierce, B.L., Ahsan, H., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2011). Power and instrument strength requirements for Mendelian randomization studies using multiple genetic variants. International Journal of Epidemiology, 40:740-752.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2010). Genetic self-knowledge and the future of epidemiologic confounding. American Journal of Human Genetics, 87(2):168-172.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2010). Empirical tests for compositional epistasis. Nature Reviews Genetics, 11:166.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2010). Epistatic interactions. Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, 9, Article 1:1-22.

VanderWeele, T.J., Hernández-Diaz, S. and Hernán, M.A. (2010). Case-only gene-environment interaction studies: when does association imply mechanistic interaction? Genetic Epidemiology, 34:327-334.

Psychology and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Jackson, J.W., VanderWeele, T.J., Viswanathan, A., Blacker, D., and Schneeweiss, S. The explanatory role of incident stroke as a mediator of the mortality difference between older adults who initiate first vs. second generation antipsychotics. American Journal of Epidemiology, in press.

Jackson, J.W., Schneeweiss, S., VanderWeele, T.J., and Blacker, D. Quantifying the causal pathways to mortality among older adults treated with antipsychotic medications: a systematic review. PLoS One, in press.

VanderWeele, T.J., Hawkley, L.C., and Cacioppo, J.T. (2012). On the reciprocal effects between loneliness and subjective well-being. American Journal of Epidemiology, 176:777-784.

VanderWeele, T.J., Hawkley, L.C., Thisted, R.A. and Cacioppo, J.T. (2011). A marginal structural model for loneliness: implications for intervention trials and clinical practice. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79:225-235.

Hudson, J.I., Javaras, K.N., Laird, N.M., VanderWeele, T.J., Pope, H.G. and Hernán, M.A. (2008). A structural approach to the familial coaggregation of disorders. Epidemiology, 19:431-439.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

VanderWeele, T.J. (2012). Assessing mechanistic interaction between coinfecting pathogens for diarrheal disease. American Journal of Epidemiology, 176:396-399.

VanderWeele, T.J., Tchetgen Tchetgen, E.J., and Halloran, M.E. (2012). Components of the indirect effect in vaccine trials: identification of contagion and infectiousness effects. Epidemiology, 23:751-761.

VanderWeele, T.J., Vandenbroucke, J.P., Tchetgen Tchetgen, E.J., and Robins, J.M. (2012). A mapping between interactions and interference: implications for vaccine trials. Epidemiology, 23:285-292.

VanderWeele, T.J. and Tchetgen Tchetgen, E.J. (2011). Bounding the infectiousness effect in vaccine trials. Epidemiology, 22:686-693.

VanderWeele, T.J. and Tchetgen Tchetgen, E.J. (2011). Effect partitioning under interference for two-stage randomized vaccine trials. Statistics and Probability Letters, 81:861-869.


VanderWeele, K.D. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2010). A case for lending to the smallest and youngest micro-enterprises. Empirical Economics Letters, 9:215-222.

VanderWeele, K.D. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2007). Micro-finance impact assessment: Evidence from a development program in Honduras. Savings and Development, 2:161-192.

VanderWeele, T.J. (2007). The volatility effects of non-trading for stock market returns. Applied Financial Economics, 17:1037-1041.


VanderWeele, T.J. and Staudt, N.C. (2011). Causal diagrams for empirical legal research: methodology for identifying causation, avoiding bias, and interpreting results. Law, Probability and Risk, 10:329-354.

Staudt, N.C. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2009). Methodological advances and empirical legal scholarship: a note on Cox and Miles' Voting Rights Act study. Columbia Law Review Sidebar, 109:42-54.

Other Health and Medicine

Wu, F., Jasmine, F., Kibriya, M.G., Liu, M., Cheng, X., Parvez, F., Islam, T., Ahmed, A., Rakibuz-Zaman, M., Jiang, J., Roy, S., Paul-Brutus, R., Slavkovich, V., Islam, T., Levy, D., VanderWeele, T.J., Pierce, B.L., Graziano, J.H., Ahsan, H.A., and Chen, Y., Interaction between arsenic exposure from drinking water and genetic susceptibility in cardiovascular disease risk in Bangladesh. Environemtnal Health Perspectives, in press.

Wang, P., Fang, M., Wang, X., and VanderWeele, T.J. Levels of satisfaction and factors influencing satisfaction for medical premarital examinations in Hubei Middle China. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, in press.

Wang, P., Wang, X., Fang, M., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2013). Factors influencing the decision to participate in medical premarital examinations in Hubei Province, Mid-China. BMC Public Health, 13:217.

VanderWeele, T.J., Adami, H.O., and Tamimi, R.M. (2012). Mammographic density as a mediator of breast cancer risk: analytic approaches. Breast Cancer Research, 14:317.

Mumford, S.L., Schisterman, E.F. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2011). Invited response: Dietary fiber, estradiol, and cholesterol. American Journal of Epidemiology, 173:160-161.

Mumford, S.L., Schisterman, E.F., Siega-Riz, A.M., Gaskins, A.J. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2011). Effect of dietary fiber intake on lipoprotein cholesterol levels independent of estradiol in healthy premenopausal women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 173:145-156.

Ramchandani, S.R., Panjabi, M.M., Cripton, P.A. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2008). Biomechanical examination of intervertebral discs subsequent to burst fracture. Journal of Musculoskeletal Research, 11(3):1-10.


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