Linda Deacon

Statistician Linda DeaconeLinda Deacon has served as an independent statistical consultant since 1985. She has coordinated the data management and statistical analysis of state and federally funded longitudinal and multi-center research. She has co-authored several articles published in the fields of medicine and psychology and has assisted in the editing of statistical textbooks and documentation for statistical software. She has designed and assisted in the development of survey instruments currently in use at various medical centers, universities and county regional centers. She regularly advises doctoral candidates on the formulation, statistical analysis and interpretation of research hypotheses.

Scope: Survey design, formulating hypotheses, content organization, data analysis, results analysis, graphs and tables, PowerPoint presentations.

Subject areas: Psychology, forensic psychology, traditional medicine, oriental medicine, nursing, theology, sociology.

Professional Experience

Doctoral candidates at Alliant University, UCLA, UCSF, USC, Fuller Theological Seminary, U Texas, California Graduate Institute, U Chicago, Phillips Institute, U Connecticut, and others.

Assist students in formulating hypotheses, developing statistical methodology for testing hypotheses, running analyses and interpreting results.

Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, Harbor Regional Center

Design surveys of consumer, service provider and staff satisfaction and various evaluations conducted by the executive staff; analyze data and produce in-house reports and presentations; design instrument for record audits mandated by the State of California and provide bi-annual record audit reports.

US Department of Health and Human Services

Project statistician and co-evaluator for Project Milagro and Nuestras Familias, National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center multi-site studies: Tracking and Improving Health and Permanency Planning for Young Children of Women with HIV Infection and Substance Abuse

Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

Provide on-demand statistical consultation for National Science Foundation-funded research studies of visitor groups conducted at the museum.

UCLA American Indian Studies Center

Provide statistical analysis and comprehensive report assessing conditions on 17 Indian reservations within and outside Public Law 280 jurisdiction.

State of California

Project statistician and co-evaluator for Project Escuelita, Proposition 10 First Five School Readiness Initiative: Home-based and Center-based Pre-School Programs in East Los Angeles

Easter Seals of Southern California

Develop survey instrument, manage longitudinal data and provide quarterly reports for Weingart Foundation funded grant to track volunteer and paid employment of people with disabilities.

John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA

Senior statistician providing consulting services to research fellows and assisting in analysis of cancer data from international clinical trials.

UCLA Department of Biomathematics, Los Angeles, CA

Staff consultant, Statistical/Biomathematical Consulting Clinic (SBCC) providing statistical consulting services for research conducted within the School of Medicine.

BMDP Statistical Software Inc., Westwood, CA

Technical editor, part of a two-person team re-writing the 300+ page statistical software manual.

UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Staff consultant, Division of Child Development, managing data for two National Institutes of Mental Health funded longitudinal studies of high-risk infants; assisting physicians & psychologists with statistical analyses.

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Staff consultant, managing data and providing statistical analysis for several federally-funded research studies.

Publications

Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order)

Schatz M, Harden K, Forsythe A, Chilingar L, Hoffman C, Sperling W, Zeiger RS (1988) The course of asthma during pregnancy, post partum, and with successive pregnancies: a prospective analysis.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1988;81:509-17.

Schatz M, Dudl J, Zeiger RS, Harden K, Chilingar L, Forsythe A, Baylink DJ. Osteoporosis in corticosteroid-treated asthmatic patients: clinical correlates. Allergy Proc. 1993 Sep-Oct;14(5):341-5.

Schatz M, Zeiger RS, Harden K, Hoffman C, Chilingar L, Petitti D. The safety of asthma and allergy medications during pregnancy. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1997;100(3):301-6.

Schatz, D Harder, D, Schatz, M, Long, L, Harden, K, Fox, D, Hoffman, C The relationship of maternal personality characteristics to birth outcomes and infant development. Birth. 2000 Mar; 27(1):25-32.

Schatz M, Harden K, Kagnoff M, Zeiger RS, Chilingar L. Developmental follow-up in 15-month-old infants of asthmatic vs. control mothers. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2001 Jun;12(3):149-53.

Kircher S, Schatz M, Long L. Variables affecting asthma course during pregnancy. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2002 Nov;89(5):463-6.

Namazy J, Schatz, M, Long, L, Lipkowitz, M, Madeline A. Lillie, MA, Voss, MD, Deitz, RJ, Petitti, D (2004). Use of inhaled steroids by pregnant asthmatic women does not reduce intrauterine growth.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2004 Mar; 113(3):427-432.

Kazuo Koyanagi, Anton J. Bilchik, Sukamal Saha, Roderick R. Turner, David Wiese, Martin McCarter, Perry Shen, Linda Deacon, David Elashoff, and Dave S. B. Hoon, Prognostic Relevance of Occult Nodal Micrometastases and Circulating Tumor Cells in Colorectal Cancer in a Prospective Multicenter Trial, Clin Cancer Res, 2008 Nov: 14(22).

Crane-Okada, R., Freeman, E., Kiger H, Mirzadehgan, P., Deacon, L.M., Giuliano, A.E. (February 12, 2009, podium presentation). Support after Breast Cancer: Final Report of a Senior Peer Counseling Telephone Intervention. 10th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research, Oncology Nursing Society, Orlando, FL. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36, V (Abstract No. AI).

Crane-Okada R, Freeman E, Kiger H, Ross M, Elashoff D, Deacon L, Giuliano AE (2012). Senior Peer Counseling by Telephone for Psychosocial Support After Breast Cancer Surgery: Effects at Six Months. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(1), 78-89. doi: 10.1188/12.ONF.78-89