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Dr. Samantha Seals

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Mathematics and Statistics
  • Office Location: Building 4, Room 344
  • Campus: 8504742734


Dr. Samantha Seals holds a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, winning the Charles R. Katholi distinguished dissertation award in 2013. Dr. Seals also holds an M.S. in Mathematical Sciences and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of West Florida. She joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2016.

Prior to joining the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, she was a research biostatistician at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. As Dr. Seals's postdoctoral position focused on scholarly collaborations with physicians and epidemiologists, she specializes in collaborative statistics. Bringing this into the classroom, Dr. Seals enjoys engaging students in collaborative research. Specifically, she trains students to function in a collaborative environment, including participating in study design, implementation of data collection, analysis of data, and co-authoring manuscripts.

Degrees & Institutions:

B.S. Mathematics, University of West Florida, 2006
M.S. Mathematical Sciences, University of West Florida, 2008
Ph.D. Biostatistics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2013


Dr. Seals's statistical methodological research involves model specification in the analysis of spatially correlated outcomes. Specifically, she examines the effects of misspecification of the working covariance structure in small sample sizes. Her secondary interests include the design, implementation, and analysis of clinical trials and the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease.

Current Courses:

  • STA4173 Biostatistics
  • STA5176 Statistical Modeling

Classes Taught:

  • Elements of Statistics
  • Biostatistics
  • Sampling Theory
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Advanced Statistical Modeling

Special Interests:

Biostatistics; model specification; clinical trials; statistics education

Keywords: Biostatistics; model specification; clinical trials; statistics education