Webinar featuring a dynamic plenary between two leading epidemiologists and live oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts. Participants are encouraged to participate individually or organize a viewing party at their institution.
“Integrating Mixed Methods into Epidemiologic Research”
March 17, 2021
12PM – 1PM EDT
Mixed methods research (MMR) involves utilizing both quantitative and qualitative components in an attempt to address a single hypothesis. The underlying goal is that through integrating these approaches, the limitations of the sole use of each will be addressed, providing better understanding of the research problem with increased validity. MMR is often associated more with other fields, such as social and behavioral sciences, but has more recently been integrated into epidemiologic research. Some of the rationale behind using MMR includes enhanced integrity of findings, improved usefulness of findings, and diversity of views. However, MMR is often criticized for the incompatibility of quantitative and qualitative methods that stem from different philosophies and therefore should not be combined in a single study. Panelists will provide an overview on how they have integrated mixed methods into their own research followed by a discussion on the strengths, limitations, and future directions of MMR.
Dr. Vogel received her Master’s degree in Biostatistics in 2008 and after working as a statistical consultant for cancer researchers for over 7 years, completed her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota in 2016 and is now faculty in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health. Her research focuses on improving clinical and emotional outcomes among cancer survivors by conducting observational and intervention studies. She is PI on American Cancer Society, Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program, and Melanoma Research Alliance grants and co-investigator on numerous NIH grants.
Dr. Brandon Guthrie, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the University of Washington. His specific research interests focus on improving engagement in care among people living with HIV. Dr. Guthrie has NIH-funded research projects based in Nairobi, Kenya that are evaluating interventions to improve linkage and retention in HIV/AIDS care, expedite treatment initiation, and reduce mortality. His research includes both randomized intervention trials as well as mixed methods and implementation science approaches to evaluate interventions that are tailored to achieve both high effectiveness and acceptability. Dr. Guthrie is an instructor in introductory and advanced epidemiologic methods courses at the UW as well as 10-week distance learning course focused on epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. Guthrie is the co-editor of the COVID-19 Literature Situation Report, which is a daily digest with summaries of the most relevant articles related to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.