Dr. Spencer Hays joins Indiana University following his time as an assistant professor of statistics at Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught consulting, theory, and computing as well as participated in numerous research collaborations primarily in pediatric studies and ecology. Prior to his time at VCU, he served as a scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; located in southeastern Washington state. There he pursued a number of projects in applied areas ranging from power systems engineering to the detection of hazardous materials at border crossings.
In 2011 Dr. Hays achieved his Ph.D. in statistics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC); the thesis titled “Functional Dynamic Factor Models.” In general, Hays’ research focuses on the development of statistical methods for dynamic data; especially those suited to functional data analysis. His techniques draw from an education in theoretical probability and mathematical statistics, combined with practical experience in psychiatry, economics, and statistical consulting.
In his time spent at UNC, Dr. Hays worked as a research assistant for the UNC School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. There he worked with senior biostatistics faculty and researching neuroscientists investigating the effects of antipsychotic medications on schizophrenic patients and fMRI images of at-risk autistic juveniles. Prior to his time at UNC, Hays worked as a statistical consultant in industry for six years; for both Capital One Corporation in Richmond, VA and Toronto, then Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) in Charlotte, NC.
Hays received a B.A. in economics from Indiana University in 1997, with minors in mathematics and German and followed by an M.A. in economics from Michigan State University in 1999.
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