Pierre Goovaerts (Ph.D.)

Selected Research Focus Areas:

  • Geostatistical analysis of health data
  • Geographical and racial disparities in health outcomes
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Visualization and mapping of space-time information

Pierre Goovaerts (Ph.D.) has 20 year experience in the development and implementation of geostatistical algorithms. He has authored 130 papers in the field of geostatistics and is the author of the 1997 textbook “Geostatistics for Natural Resources Evaluation".  

In the past 8 years, his research has focused on the development and implementation of geostatistical methods for the analysis of aggregated and individual-level health data, including the accurate mapping of rates of cancer incidence and mortality, the space-time analysis and detection of health disparities, as well as the incorporation of rate uncertainty into boundary detection and local cluster analysis. Recently, he developed a methodology to combine both point and areal data in spatial interpolation, with an application to the mapping of the risk of breast cancer late-stage diagnosis across Michigan. He is also exploring the impact of socio-demographic and environmental risk factors on the incidence and late-stage diagnosis of breast and prostate cancers.


Selected Publications

“Geographical, temporal and racial disparities in late-stage prostate cancer incidence across Florida: a multiscale joinpoint regression analysis ” – International Journal of Health Geographics 2011, 10:63 , Dec 5, 2011 – Read Article

“The emerging role and benefits of boundary analysis in spatiotemporal epidemiology and public health” – Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Epidemiology, Sep 6, 2010 – Read Article

“Identification of racial disparities in breast cancer mortality: does scale matter?” – International Journal of Health Geographics, Jul 5, 2010 – Read Article

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