The Brown Center For The

Study Of Children At Risk

Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk
50 Holden Street
Providence RI 02908

Academic Administration:
(401) 453-7640

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(401) 274-1122
x8936 or x8935

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Beau Abar, Ph.D.- Senior Biostatistician and Assistant Professor (pending)

Dr. Abar is the Centerís Senior Biostatistician and is an Assistant Professor (Research Ėpending) in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Human Behavior. He received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University in 2010 and did his postdoctoral work at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Abar has extensive experience in the use of advanced latent variable models in the study of child and adolescent development, with a particular focus on the utility of mixture models (latent class/profile analysis, growth mixture modeling) in the study of substance use prevention. Heís served as the Principal Investigator on several independent foundation grants, and he published multiple manuscripts in both substantive and statistical journals.

Selected Publications

  • Abar, B., & Loken, E. Consequences of fitting non-identified latent class models. Structural Equation Modeling (In press).
  • Abar, B., Rosenbaum, C., Baumann, B.M., Boyer, E., & Boudreaux, E.D. Readiness to change alcohol and illicit drug use among a sample of urban emergency department patients. Journal of Substance Use (In press).
  • Abar, B., Baumann, B.M., Rosenbaum, C., Boyer, E., Ziedonis, D., & Boudreaux, E.D. Profiles of importance, readiness, and confidence in quitting tobacco use. Journal of Substance Use (In press).
  • Abar, B., Turrisi, R., Hillhouse, J., Loken, E., Stapleton, J., Gunn, H., & Robinson, J. Preventing skin cancer in college females: Heterogeneous effects over time. Health Psychology, 29, 574-582 (2010).
  • Abar, B. & Loken, E. Self-regulated learning and self-directed learning in a pre-college sample. Learning and Individual Differences, 20, 25-29 (2010).
  • Abar, B. & Loken, E. The utility of Peirceís i and Cohenís ? in the evaluation of ratings made in gold standard and two-rater 2 X 2 situations. Journal of Probability and Statistics, Article ID 480364, 1-10 (2010).