Tyler VanderWeele, PhD
Tyler VanderWeele, PhD, holds degrees from Oxford, the Univestiy of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. Dr. VanderWeele is an epidemiologist and biostatisics professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Heis the author of Explanation in Causal Inference: Methods for Mediation and Interaction, published by Oxford University Press in 2014. His methodological focus includes the analysis of pathways, assessments of interaction, and the evaluation of network and spillover effects in which one person’s exposure will affect the outcomes of another. His research employs counterfactual theory and ideas from causal inference to clarify and formalize concepts used by epidemiologists, biomedical researchers and social scientists. His research emphasizes the role of spirituality and religion in end of life care, and the associations between religion and health. A current project employing the Nurses' Health Study focuses on the causal pathway that helps explains the mechansims linking religious community attendance and health outcomes such as mortality rates.