Stephen R. Cole, Ph.D.


Quantifying uncertain health effects by principled argument


Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Epidemiology

Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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My interest is quantitative epidemiologic methods. My current research focuses on the use of structural models to explore 1) etiologic effects of antiretroviral therapies on HIV disease progression (R03AI071763), 2) direct and indirect effects of alcohol consumption on HIV acquisition (R01AA017594), 3) time-varying determinants of ocular and non-ocular HSV recurrence (R21EY021478) , and 4) development of analytic methods for occupational cancer cohorts (R01CA117841, PI: D. Richardson). Also, I am the director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics core for the CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS, R24AI067039, PI: M. Saag).


Each spring, I teach a course on analysis of time-to-event data at UNC. I am also a founding member of the Causal Inference Research Group at UNC.


For examples of my work, please see the papers below. Click here for code.


Generalizing evidence from randomized clinical trials to target populations.

Cole SR, Stuart EA. AJE 2010; 172: 107-115.


Nonparametric estimator of relative time.

Cole SR, Nie L, Chu H. Clinical Trials 2009; 6: 320-8.


Constructing inverse probability weights for marginal structural models.

Cole SR, Hernán MA. AJE 2008; 168: 656-64.


This page was last updated on 16 August 2011.