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Courtney McCracken, PhD


Dr. Courtney McCracken is a PhD trained biostatistician. Dr. McCracken has extensive experience in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials and cohort studies. She has over 170 peer reviewed publications in clinical research journals. Her clinical research interests include Child and Adolescent Health, Congenital Heart Disease, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her statistical expertise is in longitudinal modeling, survival analysis and methods for adjusting for confounding. Dr. McCracken hopes to utilize Kaiser Permanente’s expansive and comprehensive data warehouse to explore variation in care and health disparities in pediatric populations.

Prior to joining the Center for Research and Evaluation, Dr. McCracken spent 9 years in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University. During this time Dr. McCracken grew the biostatistics core from a team of 2 statisticians to 7 and helped increase Emory’s NIH research funding ranking to #4 in the country. Dr. McCracken hopes to bring her statistical skills and affinity for big data to bolster the rigor and diversity of research at KPGA.

Ph.D., Biostatistics 2013- Medical College of Georgia
M.S., Biostatistics 2009- Medical College of Georgia
B.S., Mathematics 2006- University of Georgia
B.S.Ed., Mathematics Education 2006- University of Georgia

Research Interest:
Child and Adolescent Health, Congenital Heart Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Survival Analysis, Clinical Trials, Methods for Addressing Confounding, Big Data

Selected Publications:
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Scahill L, Shillingsburg AM, Ousley O, Pileggi ML, Kilbourne RL, Buckley D,  Gillespie SE, McCracken C. A Randomized Trial of Direct Instruction Language for Learning in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022;61(6):772-781. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2021.11.034

Wright LK, Zmora R, Huang Y, Oster ME, McCracken CE, Mahle WT, Kochilas L, Kalogeropoulous A. . Long-Term Risk of Heart Failure-Related Death and Heart Transplant After Congenital Heart Surgery in Childhood (from the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium). Am J Cardiol. 2022;167:111-117. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2021.11.052

Islam N, Nash R, Zhang Q, Panagiotakopoulos L., Daley T, Bhasin S, Getahun D, Haw JS, McCracken C, Silverberg MJ, Tangpricha V, Vupputuri S, Goodman M.  Is There a Link Between Hormone Use and Diabetes Incidence in Transgender People? Data From the STRONG Cohort. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2022;107(4):e1549-e1557. doi:10.1210/clinem/dgab832

Goodman M, Yacoub R, Getahun D, McCracken C, et al. Cohort profile: pathways to care among people with disorders of sex development (DSD). BMJ Open. 2022;12(9):e063409. Published 2022 Sep 21. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2022-063409

Hashemi L, Zhang Q, Getahun D, Jasuja GK, McCracken C, Pisegna J, Roblin D, Silverberg MJ, Tangpricha V, Vupputuri S, Goodman M. Longitudinal Changes in Liver Enzyme Levels Among Transgender People Receiving Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy. J Sex Med. 2021 Aug 5;. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.06.011. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34366264

Boebinger, S.E.; Brothers, R.O.; Bong, S.; Sanders, B.; McCracken, C.; Ting, L.H.; Buckley, E.M. Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy Assessment of Resting Oxygen Metabolism in the Leg Musculature. Metabolites 2021;11(8):496. Published 2021 Jul 29. doi:10.3390/metabo11080496

Zhang Q, Rechler W, Bradlyn A, Flanders WD, Getahun D, Lash TL, McCracken C, Nash R, Panagiotakopoulos L, Roblin D, Sandberg DE, Silverberg MJ, Tangpricha V, Vupputuri S, Goodman M. Changes in Size and Demographic Composition of Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Population Receiving Care at Integrated Health Systems. Endocr Pract. 2021 May;27(5):390-395. doi: 10.1016/j.eprac.2020.11.016. Epub 2020 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 33678315.


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