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Jessica Paulus, ScD


Overview

Training + Education Haverford College; Harvard School of Public Health
Gender Female

Honors + Awards

2015, Teaching Award, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Harvard Medical School
2015, Tufts Medical Center Travel Award
2014, Honorary Professor, Universidad de San Martín de Porres, Lima, Peru
2008, 2010-11, Nominee, Marquand Award Exceptional Advising & Counseling, Harvard College
2008, AACR-Busch Scholar-in-Training Award, AACR Annual Meeting
2007, Travel Award, National Lung Cancer Partnership Annual Meeting
2007, Nominee, Levenson Memorial Prize for Teaching Excellence, Harvard College
2006, Scholar-in-Training Award, AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research
2005-2009, Certificates of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard College
1999, Biology Departmental honors, Haverford College
1998, Phi Beta Kappa, Early election, Haverford College

Publications + National Presentations

1. Dahabreh IJ, Paulus JK. Association of episodic physical and sexual activity with triggering of acute cardiac events. JAMA. March 23/30, 2011, Vol 305, No 12. (PMID: 21427375).

2. Dahabreh IJ, Sheldrick RC, Paulus JK, Mei Chung M, Varvarigou V, Jafri H, Rassen JA, Trikalinos TA, Kitsios GD. Do observational studies using propensity score methods agree with randomized trials on the efficacy of treatments for acute coronary syndromes? Eur Heart J. 2012 Aug;33(15):1893-901 (PMID: 22711757; PMCID: PMC3409422).

3. Cossor FI, Adams-Campbell LL, Chlebowski RT, Gunter MJ, Johnson K, Martell RE, McTiernan A, Simon MS, Rohan T, Wallace RB, Paulus JK. Diabetes, Metformin Use, and Colorectal Cancer Survival in Postmenopausal Women. Cancer Epidemiol. 2013 Jun 14 (PMID: 23773299, PMCID: PMC3769471).

4. Paulus JK, Dahabreh IJ, Balk EM, Avendano EA, Lau J, Ip S. Opportunities and challenges in using studies without a control group in comparative effectiveness reviews. Res Synth Methods. 2014 Jun;5(2):152-61 (PMID: 26052654).

5. Paulus JK, Shah, ND, Kent DM. All else being equal, men and women are still not the same: using risk models to understand gender disparities in care. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 May;8(3):317-20. (PMID: 25901046, PMCID: PMC4440837)

6. Paulus JK, Wessler BS, Lai LLY, Lundquist C, Raman G, Lutz JS, Kent DM. A Field Synopsis of Sex in Clinical Prediction Models for Cardiovascular Disease. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2016 Jan;9(1):S8-S15. PMID: 26908865.

7. Paulus JK, Lai LY, Lundquist C, Daneshmand A, Buettner H, Lutz JS, Raman G, Wessler BS, Kent DM. Field Synopsis of the Role of Sex in Stroke Prediction Models. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 May 5;5(5). PMID: 27151514, PMCID: PMC4889171.

8. Paulus JK, Kent DM. Sex Versus Gender in Recurrent Events Following Acute Coronary Syndrome: A "Femininity Paradox?" J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Sep 20;68(12):1371-2. PMID: 27634130.

9. Paulus JK, Williams CD, Furha I. Cossor FI, Martell RE, Kelley MJ. Metformin, diabetes, and survival among US veterans with colorectal cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Aug 5. PMID: 27496094, PMCID: PMC5050110.

10. Paulus JK, Kent DM. Should race and ethnicity be part of the equation for personalized clinical decision making? Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2017 Jul;10(7). pii: e003823. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.117.003823, PMID: 28687570, PMCID: PMC5558842.

Biography

Jessica Paulus, ScD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University and serves as the Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program at the Tufts Sackler School. Dr. Paulus graduated with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Haverford College and a ScD in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her broad research interests include the study of sex differences in chronic disease, and the application of novel methods to address bias in observational data. Her current research is focused on understanding the role of sex and race in clinical prediction models, and the potential for these models to guide appropriate patient-centered clinical care.

Dr. Paulus is also actively involved in public health and clinical research education, serving as an instructor, curriculum developer and trainer of other faculty in novel teaching methods. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and a 2012 Tufts Innovates! grant to promote integration in the teaching of advanced epidemiology and biostatistics topics by developing case studies and supporting faculty collaboration. She currently teaches courses in epidemiologic methods in the Clinical and Translational Science Training Program at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University, and previously in the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs, Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also involved in the development of residential and online clinical research training programs in various international settings, including Brazil, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria.

Research Focus

Dr. Paulus's broad research interests include the use of epidemiologic methods to evaluate sex differences in chronic disease incidence, prognosis and treatment response, as well as inappropriate healthcare variations, or disparities. As a member of the Tufts Predictive Analytics and Comparative Effectiveness (PACE) Center, Dr. Paulus is investigating the role of sex and race in clinical prediction models for cardiovascular disease outcomes, and the potential for these models to guide individualized clinical care and to inform understanding of healthcare disparities. Additionally, in her role as epidemiologist in the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Center at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, she has collaborated with over a hundred investigators to design observational and experimental studies across a diverse array of clinical topics, including cancer, pulmonary disease and obstetrics and gynecology.