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Paula Buchanan, Ph.D.

Associate professor; Associate director for Academic Affairs
Saint Louis University Center for Health Outcomes Research

Courses Taught

Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes, Multivariate Analysis for Health Outcomes Research, SAS Programming I, Practical Applications of Statistical Methods


  • M.P.H. in biostatistics and epidemiology from Saint Louis University
  • Ph.D. in health services research from Saint Louis University

Research Interests

Buchanan has studied the development, progression, treatment and outcomes of chronic and acute illnesses. Much of this work has utilized epidemiological and statistical modeling to examine these relationships in large population-level registries and databases such as those from the VA, Medicare, and national insurance and pharmacy benefit management companies. 

  • Statistical and research methods
  • Database management
  • Pediatric medicine
  • Cost analysis
  • Transplant

Publications and Media Placements

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
  • American Statistical Association

Community Work and Service

Buchanan is the Operations Manager of SLUCOR’s Consulting Practice. Through the consulting practice she and her team provide methodological and analytic support for many grants and research projects for faculty throughout the School of Medicine, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing and Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University. The support ranges from power and sample size calculations to data analysis and interpretation. Buchanan has experience with all types for study designs from retrospective to prospective as well as working with sample sizes of thee subjects to well over a million subjects.