Matthew Gurka

Matthew Gurka, Ph.D.

Professor And Associate Chair

Department: MD-HOBI-GENERAL
Business Phone: (352) 627-9088
Business Email: matthewgurka@ufl.edu

About Matthew Gurka

Dr. Gurka is a Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics and the department’s Associate Chair of Education at the University of Florida. Hired as part of the University’s Preeminence Initiative, Dr. Gurka is also Associate Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy. Prior to his recent appointment at UF, Dr. Gurka was the Founding Chair of the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at West Virginia University, where he also led the Clinical Research Design, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics Program of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI). Before his stay at WVU, Dr. Gurka was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Gurka received a Ph.D. in biostatistics with an emphasis in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has experience in a wide range of applications of biostatistics to medical research, from the design and analysis of observational studies to the coordination and analysis of multi center longitudinal studies. His research areas in statistics include longitudinal data analyses, mixed models and other multivariate modeling techniques, model selection, power analysis, and internal pilot studies. He has published articles in renowned statistical journals regarding complexities associated with the use of linear mixed models, and he recently served on the Editorial Panel of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A.

Accomplishments

James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumnus
2013 · University of North Carolina
Academy of Distinguished Educators
2008 · University of Virginia
Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alumnus Award
2008 · Carroll University

Research Profile

Dr. Gurka has extensive collaborative and independent research experience in pediatrics. He has obtained funding from the NICHD to study the impact of chronic illnesses such as asthma on development and behavior in children and adolescents. Recently he has focused on childhood and adult obesity, specifically studying the metabolic syndrome. He has obtained NIH funding (NIDDK R21 and a current NHLBI R01) to develop and validate tools to measure metabolic syndrome severity that takes into account sex and racial/ethnic differences observed in this condition. He recently served a term on the Executive Editorial Board of the journal Pediatrics.

Areas of Interest
  • Biostatistics
  • Longitudinal research design and data analysis
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Pediatric research

Publications

2020 Clinical diabetes : a publication of the American Diabetes Association
2020 Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
2018 Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)
2017 Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association – European Renal Association
2017 Diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity : targets and therapy
2017 American journal of preventive medicine
2010 Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies
2010 Biometrical journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
2009 Journal of pediatric rehabilitation medicine
2009 American journal of preventive medicine
2007 Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP
2006 Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association
2005 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Grants

Aug 2020 ACTIVE
Understanding pancreatic endocrine and exocrine loss in pre-type 1 diabetes
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK ·
Jun 2020 ACTIVE
AIM2ACT: A Mobile Health Tool to Facilitate Asthma Self-Management during Early Adolescence
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Project Manager
May 2020 ACTIVE
Role of Screening and Early Intervention in Primary Care with Low-Dose Pioglitazone for Patients with T2DM and NASH
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK ·
Oct 2019 ACTIVE
Clinically-Efficient Strategies to Address Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Pediatric Practice
FL DEPT OF HLTH BIOMED RES PGM/J&E KING ·
Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Florida Development in Early Childhood: Adversity and Drug Exposure (FL-DECADE) Study
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA · Principal Investigator
Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Text and Talk: A multi-level intervention to increase provider HPV vaccine recommendation effectiveness
NATL INST OF HLTH NCI ·
Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Project ECHO T1D: HCT Trial
STANFORD UNIV ·
Sep 2018 ACTIVE
Enhancing Recovery Outcomes in Alcohol Use Disorder: Cognitive Training as an Adjunct to Treatment
NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA ·
Sep 2018 ACTIVE
Project CHILD: Understanding Children's Health, Influenza, and Development
UF RESEARCH ·
Aug 2018 ACTIVE
Acceptance-Based Therapy Weight Loss Intervention for Adolescents: A Pilot, Randomized Controlled Trial
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI ·
Jul 2018 ACTIVE
Advancing Personalized Hypertension Care through Big Data Science
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI ·
Jan 2018 – Jun 2019
ECHO Type 1 Diabetes: A Feasibility and Planning Proposal
HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST, LEONA & HARRY · Project Manager
Oct 2017 – Sep 2020
Better Intelligence Gathering for Public Safety and Public Health (BigPUSH)
US DEPT OF JUSTICE · Principal Investigator
Mar 2017 ACTIVE
Spoken Language in Adolescents with Hearing Loss
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDCD · Project Manager
Dec 2016 – Nov 2019
Antibiotic Effects on the Developing Microbiome Metabolome and Morbidites in Preterm Neonates.
NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD ·
Oct 2016 – Mar 2020
FL's Next Gen of Prescription Drug Related Surveillance: Data into Insights that Enhance PDMP Best Practices
US DEPT OF JUSTICE · Principal Investigator
Sep 2016 – Sep 2020
The Child Health Quality (CHeQ) Partnership Program
AGCY HEALTHCARE RES AND QUALITY ·
Sep 2016 – Aug 2020
The evaluation of a mHealth platform for diarrheal disease decision support and real-time epidemiology
FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER · Project Manager
Nov 2015 – Apr 2020
An Ethnicity-Specific MetS Severity Score to Assess Risk: The Jackson Heart
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
Apr 2015 ACTIVE
Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Project Manager
Sep 2013 – Aug 2017
Pancreatic Volume in Preclinical Type 1 Diabetes
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Project Manager
Jun 2013 – Sep 2018
Genomic Medicine Implementation: The Personalized Medicine Program
NATL INST OF HLTH NHGRI · Project Manager

Education

Ph.D. – Biostatistics
2004 · The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. – Mathematics
1999 · Carroll University

Contact Details

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