Melissa D. Begg

Vice Provost for Academic Programs
Professor of Biostatistics at CUIMC, Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University


Melissa Begg received her ScD in Biostatistics from Harvard University. As Vice Provost, her office oversees university accreditation, approval processes for all new educational programs university-wide, educational agreements with domestic and international partner institutions, cross-school fellowships and awards, the support of interdisciplinary research and teaching, selected faculty leadership development programs, and the regular review of schools and institutes at Columbia. Begg served as co-director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from NIH, from 2006 through 2018. Her areas of research focus include: advancing interdisciplinary science, training, and mentorship; graduate health professional education; and biostatistical methods in mental and oral health research. She has developed and directed a number of NIH-funded training programs, including two career development programs to promote diversity: one aimed at college undergraduates, introducing them to careers in the public health sciences (the BEST Program); and one aimed at diverse junior faculty, providing grant-writing advice, career support, and mentorship (the PRIDE Program). Another of her programs offered mentorship in comparative effectiveness research methods to junior and mid-level faculty (the IMMERSE in CER Program). Begg received the university-wide Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Mailman School Teaching Award from the Graduating Class in 2006. In 2012, she was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and received the Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award in Biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health.


ScD, 1989, Harvard School of Public Health
BS, 1985, Fairfield University

Honors & Awards

Presidential Teaching Award, Columbia University, 2006

Award for Teaching Excellence, Mailman School of Public Health, 2006

Fellow of the American Statistical Association, elected 2012

Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Prize from Harvard School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics, 2012

Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Dental Honor Society, inducted 2012

Areas of Expertise

Biostatistical Methods, Longitudinal Studies, Research Design and Methods, Public Health Education

Select Publications

Meyers FJ, Begg MD, Fleming M, Merchant C Strengthening the Career Development of Clinical Translational Scientist Trainees: A Consensus Statement of the Clinical Translational Science (CTSA) Research Education and Career Development Committees Clinical and Translational Science 5(2) 132-137 2012

Begg MD, Vaughan RD Are biostatistics students prepared to succeed in the era of interdisciplinary science? (And how will we know?) The American Statistician 65(2) 71-79 2011

Panageas KS, Begg MD, Grbic JT, Lamster IB Analysis of multiple 2x2 tables with site-specific periodontal data Journal of Dental Research 82 514-517 2003

Kulage KM, Larson EL, Begg MD Sharing Facilities & Administrative Cost Recovery to Facilitate Interdisciplinary Research Academic Medicine 86(3) 394-401 2011

Ahsan H, Hodge SE, Heiman GA, Begg MD, Susser ES Relative risk for genetic associations: the case-parent triad as a variant of epidemiologic cohort designs International Journal of Epidemiology 31 669-678 2002

Huskins WC, Silet K, Weber-Main AM, Begg MD, Fowler VG, Hamilton J, Fleming M Identifying and Aligning Expectations in a Mentoring Relationship Clinical and Translational Science 4(6) 439-447 2011

Matte TD, Bresnahan MA, Begg MD, Susser ES The influence of birth weight variation in the normal range and within sibships on IQ at age 7 British Medical Journal 323 310-314 2001

Jacobson JS, Begg MD, Wang LW, Wang Q, Agarwal M, Norkus E, Singh VN, Young T-L, Yang D, Santella RM Effects of a 6-month vitamin intervention on DNA damage in heavy smokers Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 9 1303-1311 2000

Brown AS, Begg MD, Gravenstein S, Schaefer CA, Wyatt RJ, Bresnahan M, Babulas V, Susser ES Serologic evidence of prenatal influenza in the etiology of schizophrenia Archives of General Psychiatry 61 774-780 2004

Begg MD, Paykin AB Performance of and software for a modified Mantel-Haenszel statistic for correlated data Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation 70 175-195 2001

Begg MD, Parides MK Separation of individual-level and cluster-level covariate effects in regression analysis of correlated data Statistics in Medicine 22 2591-2602 2003

Vaughan RD, Begg MD Methods for the analysis of paired binary data in school-based intervention studies Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics 24 367-383 1999

Begg M Analyzing k(2x2) tables under cluster sampling Biometrics 55 302-307 1999

Begg MD, Lamster IB, Panageas KS, Mitchell-Lewis D, Phelan JA, Grbic JT A prospective study of oral lesions and their predictive value for progression of HIV disease Oral Diseases 3 176-183 1997

Desai M, Begg MD A comparison of regression approaches for analyzing clustered data American Journal of Public Health 98 1425-1429 2008