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Christopher D Corcoran

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Location:  LUND Bldg. Room 204
Office Phone:  435-797-4012
Fax:  435-797-1822
Utah State University
3900 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322


Christopher D. Corcoran
Associate Professor
EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)
(if applicable)
Utah State University, Logan UT
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
A. Positions and Honors
Employment History
1995-1999       Teaching Assistant, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
1996                Research Assistant, Department of Biostatistics, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
1997-1999       Computing Assistant, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
1998-1999       Research Assistant, Cytel Software Corporation, Cambridge MA
1999-2005       Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Utah State University
2005-present   Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Utah State University
Honors and Awards
Golden Key National Honor Society Peat Marwick Scholarship, 1993
Mortar Board Honor Society, Utah State University, 1994-1995
Academic Achievement Award, Utah State University, 1995
B.S. Summa Cum Laude, 1995
NIH Cancer Research Training Grant Recipient, 1995-1996
Teaching Fellow, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, 1996-1998
“Top Prof” award, Mortar Board Honor Society Utah State University Chapter, 2002
Researcher of the Year, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Utah State University, 2005
Teacher of the Year, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Utah State University, 2006
B.    Selected peer-reviewed publications
Mielke, M, Rosenberg, PB, Tschanz, J, Cook, L, Corcoran, C, Hayden, KM, Norton, MC, Rabins, PV, Green, RC, Welsh-Bohmer, KA, Breitner, JC, Munger, RG, Lyketsos, CG. Vascular factors predict rate of progression in Alzheimer's disease. Neurology (In Press).
Treiber, K.A., Lyketsos, C.G., Corcoran, C., Steinberg, M.D., Norton, M., Green, R.C., Rabins, P., Stein, D.M., Welsh-Bohmer, K.A., Breitner, J.C.S., Tschanz, J.T. Vascular  factors and risk for neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's disease: The Cache County Study. International Psychogeriatrics, In press.
Norton, M.C., Singh, A., Skoog, I., Corcoran, C., Tschanz, J.T., Zandi, P.P., Breitner, J.C.S., Welsh-Bohmer, K.A., & Steffens, D.C. Church Attendance and New Episodes of Major Depression in a Community Study of Older Adults. The Cache County Study. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, In press.
Tschanz JT, Welsh-Bohmer KA, Lyketsos CG, Corcoran C, Green RC, Hayden K, Norton MC, Zandi PP, Toone L, West NA, Breitner JCS (2006). Conversion to dementia from mild cognitive disorder: The Cache County Study. Neurology, 67: 229-234.
Norton MC, Skoog I, Franklin LM, Corcoran C, Tschanz JT, Zandi PP, Breitner JCS, Welsh-Bohmer KA, Steffens DC (2006). Gender differences in the association between religious involvement and depression: The Cache County (Utah) Study. Journal of Gerontology: Psych Sci  61 (3): 129-136.
Zhang J, Munger RG, West NA, Cutler DR, Wengreen HJ,Corcoran CD (2006). Antioxidant intake and risk of osteoporotic hip fracture in Utah: an effect modified by smoking status. Am J Epidemiol 163 (1), 9-17.
Schneiter K, Corcoran C, Laird N (2005). An exact family based association test for a biallelic genotype. Genet Epidemiol 29 (3): 185-94.
Corcoran C, Senchaudhuri P, Mehta C, Patel N (2005). Exact Methods for Categorical Data Analysis. Encyclopaedic Companion to Medical Statistics, Everitt BS, Palmer CR (ed). Hodder Arnold: London.
Tamura T, Munger RG, Corcoran C, Bacayao JY, Nepomuceno B, Solon F (2005). Plasma zinc concentrations of mothers and the risk of nonsyndromic oral clefts in their children: A case-control study in the Philippines. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol, 73(9):612-6.
Lyketsos CG, Toone L, Tschanz J, Rabins PV, Steinberg M, Onyike CU, Corcoran C, Norton M, Zandi P, Breitner JC, Welsh-Bohmer K, Anthony J, Ostbye T, Bigler E, Pieper C, Burke J, Plassman B, Green RC, Steffens DC, Klein L, Leslie C, Townsend JJ, Wyse BW, Munger R, Williams M; Cache County Study Group (2005). Population-based study of medical comorbidity in early dementia and "cognitive impairment, no dementia (CIND)": association with functional and cognitive impairment: The Cache County Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 13(8):656-64.
Tschanz JT, Corcoran C, Skoog I, Khachaturian AS, Herrick J, Hayden KM, Welsh-Bohmer KA, Calvert T, Norton MC, Zandi P, Breitner JC (2004). Dementia: the leading predictor of death in a defined elderly population. Neurology 13;62(7):1156-62.
Munger RG, Sauberlich HE, Corcoran C, Nepomuceno B, Daack-Hirsch S, Solon FS (2004). Maternal vitamin B-6 and folate status and risk of oral cleft birth defects in the Philippines. Birth Defects Res Part A Clin Mol Teratol. 70(7):464-71.
Khachaturian AS, Corcoran CD, Mayer LS, Zandi PP, Breitner JC (2004). Apolipoprotein E epsilon4 count affects age at onset of Alzheimer disease, but not lifetime susceptibility: The Cache County Study. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 61(5):518-24.
Wengreen HJ, Munger RG, Cutler DR, Corcoran CD, Zhang J, Sassano NE (2004). Dietary protein intake and risk of osteoporotic hip fracture in elderly residents of Utah. J Bone Miner Res. 19(4):537-45.
Steinberg M, Tschanz JT, Corcoran C, Steffens DC, Norton MC, Lyketsos CG, Breitner JC (2004). The persistence of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 19(1):19-26.
Hayden KM, Khachaturian AS, Tschanz JT, Corcoran C, Nortond M, Breitner JC (2004). Characteristics of a two-stage screen for incident dementia. J Clin Epidemiol. 56(11):1038-45.
Leaf AN, Propert K, Corcoran C, Catalano PJ, Trump DL, Harris JE, Davis TE (2003). Phase III study of combined chemohormonal therapy in metastatic prostate cancer (ECOG 3882): an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group study. Med Oncol, 20(2):137-46.
Steffens, DC, Norton, MC, Hart AD, Skoog I, Corcoran C, Breitner JC (2003). Apolipoprotein E genotype and major depression in a community of older adults. The Cache County Study. Psychological Medicine 33(3):541-7.
Corcoran CD, Senchaudhuri P, and Mehta CR (2002) A computational method for exact order-restricted inference with binary data. 2002 Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Biometrics Section [CD-ROM]. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association.
Corcoran, CD, and Ryan, L. (2002). Exact dose-response inference. Topics in Modelling of Clustered Data, M Aerts, H Geys, G Molenberghs, and L Ryan (ed). Chapman & Hall: New York.
Corcoran, CD, and Mehta, CR. (2002). Exact level and power of permutation, bootstrap, and asymptotic tests of trend. Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods 1, 42-51.
Corcoran, CD (2002) Trend tests for binary data. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics, AH El-Shaarawi and WW Piegorsch (ed), Volume 4, 2260-2264. John Wiley & Sons: Chichester.
Corcoran, CD, and Mehta, CR. (2001). Comments on “Interval Estimation for a Binomial Proportion”. Statistical Science 16, 122-124
Corcoran, CD, Ryan, L, Mehta, CR, Senchaudhuri, P, Patel, N, and Molenberghs, G. (2001). An Exact Trend Test for Correlated Binary Data. Biometrics 57, 941-948.
Corcoran, CD, Mehta, CR, Patel, N, and Senchaudhuri, P. (2001). Computational Tools for Exact Conditional Logistic Regression. Statistics in Medicine 20, 2723-2739.
Corcoran, CD, Mehta, CR, and Senchaudhuri, P. (2000). Power Comparisons for Tests of Trend in Dose-Response Studies. Statistics in Medicine 19, 3037-3050.
Citron, M, Eckman, CB, Diehl, TS, Corcoran, CD, Ostaszewski, BL, Weiming, X, Levesque, G, Hyslop, PSG, Younkin, SG, Selkoe, DJ. (1998). Additive Effects of PS1 and APP Mutations on Secretion of the 42-residue Anyloid B-protein. Neurobiology of Disease 5, 107-16.
C. Research Support
Project Number: 2 R01 AG 11380-09                                Dates:             5/1/2002 to 3/31/2007        
Source: NIH through Duke                                                 
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer
Title: Epidemiology of Dementia in Cache County Utah
This project is a renewal of the grant “Epidemiology of Alzheimer’s Dementia in Cache County Utah”. Fieldwork is designed to continue to identify individuals with incident dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in two additional triennial waves and to gather ongoing data to exposure to environmental risk and protective agents.
Role: provide statistical support with respect to study design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.
Project Number: 1 R01 AG /MH21136-01             Dates: 9/1/02-6/30/07                                 
Source: NIH                                                                         
Principal Investigator: JoAnn T. Tschanz                                                                                      
Title: Progression of Dementia: A Population Study
This project will study the determinants of the clinical course of patients with diagnosed dementia in the Cache County, Utah, Study on Memory, Health, and Aging.
Role: provide statistical support with respect to study design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.