Wendy Lou, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine,
University of Toronto

Wendy Lou is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Statistical Methods for Healthcare, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Statistics at the University of Toronto.

Her current research focuses on the development of statistical methodology related to studies of chronic conditions and quality improvement. Her research interests include distribution theory of runs and patterns and its applications, measures for continuity of care, joint modeling for longitudinal and survival data, analysis of patterns and repeats in DNA sequences, and methods for health care quality monitoring. She has been the principal investigator on several statistical research grants, and has been involved as a co-investigator in numerous interdisciplinary research projects ranging from health policy research for heart failure care to neuroscience studies on the effects of estrogen and aging.

Telephone: 416-946-7804

Selected Publications

  • Lou WYW. The exact distribution of the k-tuple statistic for sequence homology. Statistics and Probability Letters. 2003; 61:51-59.
  • Fu JC, Lou WYW. Distribution Theory of Runs and Patterns and Its Applications: A Finite Markov Chain Imbedding Approach, World Scientific Publishing Co. 2003.
  • Lou WYW. A new measure for continuity of care: the Alpha index. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology. 2001; 1:277-289.