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Thomas Ten Have, PhD, MPH – PCVPC Information Core Co-Director.

Tom was a dedicated and highly valued member of our Center. He died of complications of multiple myeloma on May 1, 2011. To read more about Tom’s legacy, please click here.

Tom’s background was primarily in the design and analysis of behavioral intervention studies in the areas of mental health, AIDS, and asthma, where the focus is on treatments for current disease. In addition to bringing his expertise to PCVPC projects, Tom learned much from being a PCVPC member, particularly in working with the community to design studies and refine messages based on their perspective. He learned about these very crucial issues, as well as the methodology of research based on cartographic large registry databases, from his colleagues in the Information Core and the resulting relationships with nonprofit and government organizations that provided such data. In addition, Tom provided statistical expertise to Stephen Leff, PhD and the PCVPC Research Core on the design of the Centerpiece Project. In this capacity, he learned from community members and the Research Core on how to incorporate good research design with the complex factors arising from the Centerpiece Project venues. Tom found this to be a very challenging and fun endeavor, which he had not seen in other areas of his work. Additionally, Tom worked with Stephen Leff and other members of the Research and Information Cores on assessing conceptual model-based relationships between community-identified indicators of social and medical health and the individual level and community level outcome data of projects, including the Centerpiece Project.

In addition to Tom’s efforts with PCVPC, he was a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as well as Director of Biostatistics-Data Core and Associate Director of the Division of Biostatistics in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In this capacity, Tom collaborated on trials involving the prevention of suicide in elderly primary care patients; the treatment of post-menopausal women with estrogen for depression; the treatment of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression in elderly veterans; and disparities of screening and treatment for mental health disorders in participants of color. He also led the development of statistical methodology arising from challenging issues such as drop-out, treatment non-adherence, and multiple components of complex interventions on a number of post-study analyses of disease-related functional disability and depression and suicide.

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