Alicia Carriquiry is professor of statistics at Iowa State University.  Between January of 2000 and July of 2004 she was Associate Provost at Iowa State. Her research interests are in Bayesian statistics and general methods.  Her recent work focuses on nutrition and dietary assessment, as well as on problems in genomics, forensic sciences and traffic safety. She currently teaches (and greatly enjoys!) a graduate-level course on Bayesian data analysis at Iowa State University and has four doctoral students working under her supervision at this time. Four of her PhD students have already graduated work at The Ohio State University, the National Cancer Institute, Carnegie Mellon University and Iowa State University.

Dr. Carriquiry is an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences since 1997. She is also a past president of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) and a past member of the Board of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University. Dr. Carriquiry is Editor of Statistical Sciences and of Bayesian Analysis, and serves on the editorial boards of several Latin American journals of statistics and mathematics.

She has served on three National Academy of Sciences committees: the Subcommittee on Interpretation and Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes;  the Committee on Evaluation of USDA’s Methodology for Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program and the Committee on Third Party Toxicity Research with Human Research Participants.  Currently, she is a member of the standing Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics of the National Research Council, the Committee on Assessing the Feasibility, Accuracy and Technical Capability of a Ballistics National Database of the National Research Council  and of the Committee on Gender Differences in the Careers in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Faculty of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Federal Steering Committee Future Directions for the CSFII/NHANES Diet/Nutrition Survey: What we Eat in America.  Carriquiry received a MSc in animal science from the University of Illinois, and an MSc  in statistics and a PhD in statistics and animal genetics from Iowa State University.

In This Particular Episode You Will Learn:

  • Dr. Carriquiry’s background and experience
  • The research project and stated goals
  • One of the main problems regarding veteran mental health: veterans do not perceive a need for mental health services, and if they do, they don’t access them
  • Family support as a facilitating factor in accessing mental health services
  • Culturally competent care in the VA as compared to community mental health providers
  • The VA as a whole provides beneficial mental health services, but this isn’t the case across the entire VA
  • The need for community providers to collaborate with VA providers to provide the best care possible
  • The benefits of telehealth in providing mental health care to those areas and populations that have limited access

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Dr. Carriquirry’s biography and website, including her email contact

Synopsis of the Report from the National Academies

Key findings and recommendations of the report





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