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Naomi Brownstein

Naomi Brownstein

Assistant Professor
Main Campus

Job Description

Dr. Brownstein develops, teaches, and applies statistical methodology to complex problems in medicine, public health and other fields of science. Her main job as a biostatistician is to collaborate with others to properly answer research questions, including aiding in statistical analysis and grant proposal development. In addition, Dr. Brownstein teaches biostatistics courses at the FSU College of Medicine.


Dr. Brownstein has a wide variety of research experience and interests. Her doctoral research under an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship created statistical methodology to study chronic pain, including novel methods for secondary phenotypes in case-control genetics studies. Prior to joining the FSU College of Medicine, she developed methods to quantify uncertainty inherent in mass spectrometry and proteomic experiments. Dr. Brownstein enjoys teaching, conducting her own research, and working with colleagues and students in numerous fields throughout FSU and beyond. To date, she has been involved in projects in environmental biostatistics, nutritional epidemiology, statistics education, theoretical computer science, and more. She also holds a position in the Department of Statistics at FSU.


Ph.D., Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013 M.S., Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010 B.S., Mathematics, summa cum laude, University Honors, Honors in the Major, University of Central Florida, 2008 B.S., Actuarial Science, summa cum laude, University Honors, University of Central Florida, 2008


FSU COM IT Advisory Committee 2015 – Present; Steering Committee, Eastern North American Region (ENAR) Council for Emerging & New Statisticians (CENS) 2014 – Present; Founding Member, CENS 2012 – 2016


UCF 30 Under 30, Inaugural Class, 2015; Regina C. Elandt-Johnson Master’s Paper Award, 2011; Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2008-2011


American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Biometric Society (Eastern North American Region)


Campbell, K., Rodriguez, J., Brownstein, N. C., & Fisher, Z. (2016). Status of tenure among black and Latino faculty in academic medicine. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-6. doi:10.​1007/​s40615-016-0210-7

Cope, E. C., Morris, D. R., Gower-Winter, S. D., Brownstein, N. C., & Levenson, C. W. (2016). Effect of zinc supplementation on neuronal precursor proliferation in the rat hippocampus after traumatic brain injury. Experimental Neurology, 279, 96–103.

Rappazzo, K. M., Warren, J. L., Meyer, R. E., Herring, A. H., Sanders, A. P., Brownstein, N. C., & Luben, T. J. (2016). Maternal Residential Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides and Birth Defects in a 2003-2005 North Carolina Birth Cohort. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 1-11. doi:10.1002/bdra.23479

Brownstein, N.C., Cai, J., Slade, G.D., and Bair, E. (2015) “Parameter Estimation in Cox Proportional Hazards Regression with Missing Censoring Indicators.” Statistics in Medicine, 34, 3984–3996. doi:10.1002/sim.6604.

Brownstein, N.C.*, Guan, X.*, Mao, Y., Zhang, Q., DiMaggio, P.A., Xia, Q., Zhang L., Marshall, A.G. and Young, N.L. (2015) “Paired single residue-transposed Lys-N and Lys-C digestions for label-free identification of N-terminal and C-terminal MS/MS peptide product ions: ultrahigh resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry for peptide de novo sequencing”, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 29, pages 659-666. doi: 10.1002/rcm.7137.

Warren J. L., Luben T. J., Sanders A. P., Brownstein, N.C., Herring A. H., and Meyer R. E. (2014) “An evaluation of metrics for assessing maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides," Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. Vol 24, (2014). pp. 497-503. (DOI:10.1038/jes.2013.75)

Bair, E., Brownstein, N.C., Ohrbach, R., Greenspan, J.D., Dubner, R., Fillingim, R.B., Diatchenko, L., Smith, S., Maixner, W., Gonzalez, Y., Gordon, S., Lim, P.-F., Ribeiro-Dasilva, M., Dampier, D., Knott, C., and Slade, G.D. (2013) “Study protocol, sample characteristics and loss-to-followup: the OPPERA prospective cohort study”, Journal of Pain. Vol 14 (12 Suppl). pp. T2-19. (doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.06.006)

Slade G., Sanders, A. Bair, E., Brownstein, N.C., Dampier D., Knott C., Fillingim R., Maixner W.O., Greenspan J., Dubner R., and Ohrbach R. (2013) “Preclinical episodes of orofacial pain symptoms and their association with healthcare behaviors in the OPPERA prospective cohort study." Pain, Vol. 154 (5), pp. 750-60. (DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2013.01.014)

Brownstein, N.C. (2012) “Statistical Considerations Are Necessary in Assessing Associations between Micronutrient Intake and Times to Clinical Events.” Journal of Nutrition, 142: 1917. doi:10.3945/jn.112.161042.

Angelini, C., De Canditiis, D., Pensky, M., & Brownstein, N. (2012). "Bayesian Models for the Multi-sample Time-Course Microarray Experiments." Computational Intelligence Methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (pp. 21-35). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-35686-5_3)

Blanchet-Sadri F., Brownstein, N.C., Kalcic A., Palumbo J., and Weyand T. (2009) "Unavoidable Sets of Partial Words," Theory of Computing Systems, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp 381-406. doi: 10.1007/s00224-008-9106-1

Brownstein, N.C. and Pensky M. (2008) “Application of Transformations in Parametric Inference.” Journal of Statistics Education, Volume 16, Number 1,

Blanchet-Sadri, F., Brownstein, N. C., & Palumbo, J. (2007). "Two Element Unavoidable Sets of Partial Words." 11th International Conference on Developments in Language Theory (pp. 96-107). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-73208-2_12)