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R.K. Elswick, Jr., Ph.D., NREMT-B

Professor
Biostatistician
Department of Family and Community Health Nursing

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P.O. Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 828-1336
Email: rkelswic@vcu.edu

"By a small sample, we may judge of the whole piece." Miguel de Cervantes from Don Quixote

TEACHING 

Dr. Elswick has been teaching graduate statistics courses for more than 30 years. However, his real passion is to find the most efficient and compelling way to teach statistics to non-statisticians His approach to teaching statistics is guided by the adage, "You should not have to take the car apart to be able to drive the car". With Dr. Elswick’s approach, the student is presented with current “real life” data and an interesting research question at the beginning of every lecture followed by the presentation of the appropriate statistical test to answer the research question. Any important background statistical material is presented only as needed as the semester progresses. Easy to use statistics software (JMP) is used to explore the data and guide the user to the correct inference. All lectures present the topic with a minimum of mathematics with an emphasis on data interpretation, test assumptions, and interpretation of statistical output.

RESEARCH

Derived from more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Elswick has expertise in the design and analysis of clinical experiments. Specifically, he has expertise in power analysis, longitudinal data analysis, mixed model methodology and crossover experiments. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 refereed manuscripts. Dr. Elswick has served in key positions in more than 20 federally funded grants including as Coordinator of Data Services in the P20 Exploratory/Development Center (McCain PI) and as Director of the Data Services and Analysis Core in the VCU SON Center of Excellence (Grap PI).

SERVICE 

Dr. Elswick serves on various School of Nursing and VCU Hospital System committees. In addition, he serves as Statistical Editor for the journal Cancer Nursing. Apart from his academic service, Dr. Elswick serves as the President of Cumberland Volunteer Rescue Squad and leads a yearly medical mission to El Salvador. 

Education

  • Ph.D., Biostatistics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • B.S., Mathematics and Statistics, Radford University, Radford, Virginia

Major Research Funding (selected since 2000)

  • Co-investigator, Project Heart: Health, Epigenetics and Resilience in Teens and Moms, Jo Robins, P.I., Virginia Commonwealth University, CCTR Endowment Fund, 2016 - 2017.
  • Co-investigator, Improving Symptom Self-Management in Adolescents & Young Adults with Cancer, Suzanne Ameringer, P.I., St. Baldricks Foundation, 2016 – 2017.
  • Co-investigator, Subjective Responses and Metabolic State During Exercise in Sickle Cell Anemia, Suzanne Ameringer P.I., Virginia Commonwealth University, (NINR #R21), 2015 - 2017.
  • Co-investigator, Pain Sensitivity in Low Back Pain, Angela Starkweather P.I., Virginia Commonwealth University, (NINR #R01), 2013 – 2016.
  • Co-investigator and Biostatistician, Managing Acute Pain in Critically Ill Non-communicative Palliative Care Patients, McGuire/Shanholtz (MPI), (NINR #R01), 2012 – 2016.
  • Co-investigator, Exhaled Biomarkers of Pulmonary Infection in the Critically Ill, Alison Montpetit, P.I., Virginia Commonwealth University, (NINR # R00), 2012 – 2015.
  • Co-investigator, Neuronal Cell Function, Lynne Elmore, P.I., Virginia Commonwealth University, Presidential Research Incentive Program Award, 2011 – 2012.
  • Collaborator, Glial Activation and Depressive Symptoms in Patients with a Primary Malignant Brain Tumor, Angela Starkweather, P.I., Virginia Commonwealth University, American Brain Tumor Foundation/Oncology Nurses Foundation, 2010 – 2012.
  • Collaborator, Depressive Symptoms and Cytokines in Patients with a Primary Malignant Brain Tumor, Angela Starkweather, P.I., Virginia Commonwealth University, American Nurses Foundation/Southern Nursing Research Society, 2010 – 2011.
  • Co-investigator, Epigenetics and Psychoneurologic Symptoms in Women with Breast Cancer, Debra Lyon & Colleen Cook, M.P.I., (NCI #R01), 2010 – 2014.
  • Co-investigator, Cranial Stimulation for Chemotherapy Symptoms in Breast Cancer, Debra Lyon, P.I., (NCI #R01), 2009 – 2014.
  • Core Director, Center of Excellence in Biobehavioral Approaches to Symptom Management, Dr. Mary Jo Grap, P.I., (NINR #P30), 2009 – 2014.
  • Co-investigator, Oral Care Intervention in Mechanically Ventilated Adults, Cindy Munro, P.I., (NINR #R01), 2009 – 2012.
  • Co-investigator, A Peri-intubation Intervention to Reduce Oral Flora and VAP, Dr. Mary Jo Grap (P.I.), (Tri-Service Nursing Research Grant), 2005 – 2008.
  • Coordinator, Data Services, Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research, Dr. Nancy McCain (P.I.), (NINR #P20), 2004 – 2009.
  • Co-investigator, PNI-based Stress Management in Early Breast Cancer, Dr. Nancy McCain (P.I.), (NCI, R01), 2004 – 2009.
  • Co-investigator, Alternative Stress Management Approaches in HIV Disease, Dr. Nancy McCain (P.I.), (NCNR), 2000 – 2005.
  • Consultant, Back Rest Position and Oral Health: Effect on Ventilator Associated Pneumonia, Dr. Mary Jo Grap (P.I.), (NCNR R01), 1998 – 2000.

Awards & Honors (selected since 2000)

  • Journal of Pediatric Oncology writing Award, JOPON, 2014.
  • Sessler CN, Grap MJ, Brophy GM, Elswick RK. “Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS)”. Copyright. Registration number TX 7-616-498, Oct 31, 2012.
  • Judson C. Hickey Scientific Writing Award, Dental Research Category, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, 2011
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2007 – 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008
  • Faculty Research Achievement Award, Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2005
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001 – 2002
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Population Medicine Course, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999 – 2000

Publications (selected since 2000)

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