Gary Yu
Gary Yu, DrPH
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Associate Research Scientist and Biostatistician
DrPH, Biostatistics, Columbia University
MPH, Epidemiology, Boston University
BS, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests
Statistical methodology, Machine learning, Cluster analysis, Latent class analysis (LCA), Pattern recognition, Data mining
Gary Yu’s dissertation focused on creating a new statistical technique for clustering individuals based on their patterns of responses (e.g. on a questionnaire of drug items). He extended the finite mixture model to allow for the number of repeated measures to be incorporated and to contribute to the clustering of individuals. The dimension of the repeated measures can be summarized into a count of responses and can be assumed to follow a truncated Poisson distribution and this information can be included into what is called a dimension informative finite mixture model (DIMM) [NIH/NHLBI R01HL111195]. This model was originally developed and applied to continuous physical activity data and it has been applied to binary drug items among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the US and among male sex workers (MSW) in Vietnam.


Kovner C, Raveis VH, Van Devanter N, Yu G, Glassman K, Ridge LJ (2021).
The psychosocial impact on frontline nurses of caring for patients with COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in New York City
Nursing Outlook, 69 (5), 744-754. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.03.019. PMCID: PMC8020119.

Purswani MU, Bucciarelli J, Tiburcio J, Yagudayev SM, Connell GH, Omidiran AA, Hannaway L, Zeana C, Healy M, Yu G, Reich D (2021).
SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence among healthcare workers by job function and work location in a New York inner-city hospital
Journal of Hospital Medicine, 16 (5), 282-289. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3627. PMCID: PMC8086991.

Lee J, Yu G, Zhou Y (2019).
Complex patterns across the migration process and associated HIV testing and risk behaviors among Latino immigrants
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26 (2), 175-184. doi: 10.1007/s12529-019-09768-5.

Lee JJ, Yu G (2019).
HIV testing, risk behaviors, and fear: A comparison of documented and undocumented Latino immigrants
AIDS and Behavior, 23 (2), 336-346. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2251-x.

Bermudez LG, Yu G, Lu L, Falb K, Eoomkham J, Abdella G, Stark L (2019).
HIV risk among displaced adolescent girls in Ethiopia: The role of gender attitudes and self-esteem
Prevention Science, 20 (1), 137-146. doi: 10.1007/s11121-018-0902-9.

Dr. Yu's ResearchGate Profile