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Shiela M. Strauss,

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Statistics and Data Management Core, NYU Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing
433 First Ave Room 664
New York, NY 10010
Areas of Specialization 

Statistics, Infectious disease, Oral-systemic health relationship

PhD, 1996, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
MA, 1972, Lehmann College of the City University of New York
BS, 1967, City College of the City University of New York
Professional Overview 
A Principal Investigator since 1999 on grants funded by NIH and private foundations, Dr. Strauss’ research has primarily focused on studying the drug treatment response to the hepatitis C virus, and support for alcohol reduction among HIV positive patients. Dr. Strauss has also applied innovative statistical methodology to examine the validity of self-report of HIV status among out-of-treatment drug users. A more recent focus has involved an examination of the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, and the potential of the dental office to serve as a site for diabetes screening.
Honors and Awards 
2005, Fulbright Senior Specialist Award: Bringing the hepatitis C research to Israel and the Middle East
1996, Dissertation Year Fellowship Award: Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
1989, Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching, Mathematics Association of America
1988, Presidential Scholars Program Certificate of Excellence, The White House
1966, Election to Phi Beta Kappa
Secondary Mathematics Teaching, New York State
Professional Membership 
Jewish Diabetes Association
New York Academy of Sciences
Phi Beta Kappa

NURSE-GN 2005 Introduction to Statistics for the Health Professions

PhD candidacy and dissertation advisement

Clinical Practice / Clinical Interests 

Oral-systemic health connection

Strauss, S.M., Tuthill, J., Singh, G., Rindskopf, D., Maggiore, J., Schoor, R., Brodsky, A., Einhorn, A., Hochstein, A., Russell, S., Rosedale, M. (2012). A novel intra-oral diabetes screening approach in periodontal patients: Results of a pilot study. Journal of Periodontology, 83, 699-706. 10.1902/jop.2011.110386.
Strauss, S.M., Munoz-Plaza, C.E., Tiburcio, N.J., & Gwadz, M. (2012). Barriers and facilitators in implementing "prevention for positives" alcohol-reduction support: The perspectives of directors and providers in hospital-based HIV care centers. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23, 30-40. 10.1016/j.jana.2011.03.001, PMCID: PMC3157576.
Strauss, S.M., Alfano, M.C., Shelley, D., Fulmer, T. (2012). Identifying unaddressed systemic health conditions at dental visits: Patients who visited dental practices but not general health care providers in 2008. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 253-255. 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300420.
Strauss, S.M., Harris, G., Katigbak, C., Rindskopf, D.M., Singh, S., Greenblum, I., Brown, L.S., Kipnis, S., Kritz, S.A., & Parrino, M.W. (2010). Alcohol education provided to opioid treatment program patients: Results of a nationwide survey. Journal of Drug Education, 40, 379-393. 10.2190/DE.40.4.d.
Strauss, S.M., Russell, S., Wheeler, A., Norman, R., Borrell, L.N., & Rindskopf, D. (2010). The dental office visit as a potential opportunity for diabetes screening: An analysis using NHANES 2003-2004 data. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 70, 156-162. 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2009.00157.x.
Strauss, S.M., Tiburcio, N.J., Munoz-Plaza, C., Gwadz, M., Lunievicz, J., Osborne, A., Padilla, D., McCarty-Arias, M., & Norman, R. (2009). HIV care providers' implementation of routine alcohol reduction support for their patients. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 23, 211-218. 10.1089/apc.2008.0008, PMCID: PMC2875974.
Strauss, S.M., & Rindskopf, D.M. (2009). Screening patients in busy hospital-based HIV care centers for hazardous and harmful drinking patterns: The identification of an optimal screening tool. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, 8, 347-353. 10.1177/1545109709350509, PMCID: PMC2821745.
Strauss, S.M., Wheeler, A.J., Russell, S.L., Brodsky, A., Davidson, R.M., Gluzman, R., Li, L., Malo, R.G., Salis, B., Schoor, R., & Tzvetkova, K. (2009). The potential use of gingival crevicular blood for measuring glucose to screen for diabetes: An examination based on characteristics of the blood collection site. Journal of Periodontology, 80, 907-914. 10.1902/jop.2009.080542.
Strauss, S.M., Rindskopf, D.M., Astone-Twerell, J.M., Des Jarlais, D.C., & Hagan, H. (2006). Using latent class analysis to identify patterns of hepatitis C service provision in drug-free treatment programs in the U.S. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 83, 15-24. 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2005.10.005.
Strauss, S.M., Astone, J.M., Munoz-Plaza, C., Hagan, H., & Des Jarlais, D. (2005). Residential substance user treatment programs as venues for HCV pharmacological treatment: Client and staff perspectives. Substance Use and Misuse, 40, 1811-1829. 10.1080/10826080500261097.
Strauss, S.M., Astone, J.M., Des Jarlais, D.C., & Hagan, H. (2004). A comparison of HCV antibody testing in drug-free and methadone maintenance treatment programs in the United States. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 73, 227-236. 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2003.08.009.
Strauss, S.M., Astone, J.M., Hagan, H., & Des Jarlais, D.C. (2004). The content and comprehensiveness of hepatitis C education in methadone maintenance and drug-free treatment units. Journal of Urban Health, 81, 38-47. 10.1093/jurban/jth086.
Strauss, S.M., Falkin, G.P., Vassilev, Z., Des Jarlais, D.C., & Astone, J. (2002). A nationwide survey of hepatitis C services provided by drug treatment programs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 22, 55-62. 10.1016/S0740-5472(01)00213-6.
Strauss, S.M., Rindskopf, D.M., Deren, S., & Falkin, G.P. (2001). Concurrence of drug users' self-report of current HIV status and serotest results. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 27, 301-307.
Strauss, S.M., Rindskopf, D.M., & Falkin, G.P. (2001). Modeling relationships between two categorical variables when data are missing: Examining consequences of the missing data mechanism in an HIV data set. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 36, 471-500. 10.1207/S15327906MBR3604_01.