Dr. Deborah Weissman-Miller has been teaching since 1978, and has recently joined the faculty at Brenau University as Affiliate Faculty: Professor of Biostatistics in Occupational Therapy. Since joining the faculty at Brenau, her ‘new statistics’ for occupational therapy “New Single-Subject and Small-n Design in Occupational Therapy: Application to weight loss in obesity” has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2011) with co-authors Dr. Mary P. Shotwell and Dr. Rosalie J. Miller, also of Brenau University. This methodology, SPRE, for a Semiparametric Ratio Estimator provides a new statistical method for occupational therapy data that has both internal and external validity. The method itself provides a bridge between the more traditional descriptive OT evaluations and the patient outcomes graphed during OT therapy. She has team-taught evidence-based practice for the last year, and has been on many recent Masters’ thesis committees. A thesis by four of her students, analyzing their data using SPRE, has been accepted as a research paper presentation at AOTA, 2012.
Previously, Dr. Weissman-Berman presented the mathematics and statistical analysis for initial versions of the SPRE method as “The W-B method: A time-dependent construct in evidence-based practice for Occupational Therapy” used to predict outcomes for weight loss in obesity and cancer research. She has also presented “A Predictive Model for Evidence-Based Practice in Occupational Therapy: From a single subject to the world” used for the prediction of falls in elder at AOTA, and “ Predicting Long Term Response to Treatment for Prostate Cancer Based on Short Term Linear Regression” at The 50th Anniversary Celebration of FSU’s Statistics Department.
She taught from 1978 through 2003 in Mechanics, in naval architecture, aerospace engineering and in sandwich composites materials research. Recently, she received two more degrees in Public Health and then in Biostatistics, and was appointed Visiting Assoc. Prof. teaching research and biostatics in the School of Allied Health Sciences at Florida A&M University. She has published 44 papers in Encyclopedia’s, mechanics journals, national and international conference proceedings, and reviewed Technical Reports and has performed extensive sponsored research funded by DOW Chemical USA, Polymers Division of BAYER Corporation, among others. She has been published in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 1996, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and elected Woman of the Year 1996, in Science and Engineering, by the American Biographical Institute.