Lawrence J. Cook, PhD

Research Interests

  • Probabilistic Linkage
  • Databases
  • Analysis of Missing Data
  • Research Design
  • Epidemiologic Research Design
  • Experimental Design, Outcomes Research
  • Research Methodology
  • Injury in Children
  • Injury Prevention
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Motor Vehicles


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Professor
  • Divisions: Pediatric Critical Care, Public Health

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-9760
  • Williams Building
    Pediatric Critical Care
    295 Chipeta Way
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Cook has been with the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics since 1996 and a member of the faculty since 2008 when he received his PhD in statistics from Utah State University. In his current role as an Associate Professor, Dr. Cook serves as the PI for the Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) Technical Resource Center, is a faculty statistician for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), and supports faculty research activities in the Division of Critical Care. He has authored more the 50 scientific papers, technical reports, and abstracts. Dr. Cook’s research interests include probabilistic linkage, analysis of large databases, small sample size problems and exact analysis, motor vehicle crashes, and pediatric injuries.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Utah State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Other Training Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Summer Institute of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Principles and Practice of Injury Prevention
Graduate Training University of Utah, Department of Mathematics
Undergraduate University of Utah

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Curry AE, Pfeiffer MR, Metzger KB, Carey ME, Cook LJ (2021). Development of the integrated New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) data warehouse: catalysing advancements in injury prevention research. (Epub ahead of print) Inj Prev.
  2. Kamins J, Richards R, Barney BJ, Locandro C, Pacchia CF, Charles AC, Cook LJ, Gioia G, Giza CC, Blume HK (2021). Evaluation of Posttraumatic Headache Phenotype and Recovery Time After Youth Concussion. JAMA Netw Open, 4(3), e211312.
  3. Delgado-Corcoran C, Bennett EE, Bodily SA, Wawrzynski SE, Green D, Moore D, Cook LJ, Olson LM (2021). Prevalence of specialised palliative care consultation for eligible children within a paediatric cardiac ICU. Cardiol Young, 1-7.
  4. Specovius S, Zimmermann HG, Oertel FC, Chien C, Bereuter C, Cook LJ, Lana Peixoto MA, Fontenelle MA, Kim HJ, Hyun JW, Jung SK, Palace J, Roca-Fernandez A, Diaz AR, Leite MI, Sharma SM, Ashtari F, Kafieh R, Dehghani A, Pourazizi M, Pandit L, Dcunha A, Aktas O, Ringelstein M, Albrecht P, May E, Tongco C, Leocani L, Pisa M, Radaelli M, Martinez-Lapiscina EH, Stiebel-Kalish H, Hellmann M, Lotan I, Siritho S, de Seze J, Senger T, Havla J, Marignier R, Tilikete C, Cobo Calvo A, Bichuetti DB, Tavares IM, Asgari N, Soelberg K, Altintas A, Yildirim R, Tanriverdi U, Jacob A, Huda S, Rimler Z, Reid A, Mao-Draayer Y, de Castillo IS, Yeaman MR, Smith TJ, Brandt AU, Paul F, GJCF International Clinical Consortium for NMOSD (2020). Cohort profile: a collaborative multicentre study of retinal optical coherence tomography in 539 patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (CROCTINO). BMJ Open, 10(10), e035397.
  5. Goyal MK, Chamberlain JM, Webb M, Grundmeier RW, Johnson TJ, Lorch SA, Zorc JJ, Alessandrini E, Bajaj L, Cook L, Alpern ER, Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network PECARN (2020). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Delayed Diagnosis of Appendicitis Among Children. (Epub ahead of print) Acad Emerg Med.
  6. Brousseau DC, Alpern ER, Chamberlain JM, Ellison AM, Bajaj L, Cohen DM, Hariharan S, Cook LJ, Harding M, Panepinto J, Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network PECARN (2020). A Multiyear Cross-sectional Study of Guideline Adherence for the Timeliness of Opioid Administration in Children With Sickle Cell Pain Crisis. Ann Emerg Med, 76(3S), S6-S11.
  7. Yandamuri SS, Jiang R, Sharma A, Cotzomi E, Zografou C, Ma AK, Alvey JS, Cook LJ, Smith TJ, Yeaman MR, OConnor KC, Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation CIRCLES Study Group (2020). High-throughput investigation of molecular and cellular biomarkers in NMOSD. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm, 7(5).
  8. Govindarajan P, Shiboski S, Grimes B, Cook LJ, Ghilarducci D, Meng T, Trickey AW (2019). Effect of Acute Stroke Care Regionalization on Intravenous Alteplase Use in Two Urban Counties. Prehosp Emerg Care, 24(4), 505-514.
  9. Fujihara K, Cook LJ (2020). Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody-associated disease: current topics. Curr Opin Neurol, 33(3), 300-308.
  10. Mealy MA, Kozachik SL, Cook LJ, Totonis L, Salazar RA, Allen JK, Nolan MT, Smith TJ, Levy M (2020). Scrambler therapy improves pain in neuromyelitis optica: A randomized controlled trial. Neurology, 94(18), e1900-e1907.
  11. Delgado-Corcoran C, Wawrzynski SE, Bennett EE, Green D, Bodily S, Moore D, Cook LJ, Olson LM (2020). Palliative Care in Children With Heart Disease Treated in an ICU. Pediatr Crit Care Med, 21(5), 423-429.
  12. Johnson MD, Zorc JJ, Nelson DS, Casper TC, Cook LJ, Finkelstein Y, Babcock L, Bajaj L, Chamberlain JM, Grundmeier RW, Webb M, Alpern ER, Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network PECARN (2020). Intravenous Magnesium in Asthma Pharmacotherapy: Variability in Use in the PECARN Registry. J Pediatr, 220, 165-174.e2.
  13. Goyal MK, Johnson TJ, Chamberlain JM, Cook L, Webb M, Drendel AL, Alessandrini E, Bajaj L, Lorch S, Grundmeier RW, Alpern ER, PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE APPLIED RESEARCH NETWORK PECARN (2020). Racial and Ethnic Differences in Emergency Department Pain Management of Children With Fractures. Pediatrics, 145(5).
  14. Cook LJ, Rose JW, Alvey JS, Jolley AM, Kuhn R, Marron B, Pederson M, Enriquez R, Yearley J, McKechnie S, Han MH, Tomczak AJ, Levy M, Mealy MA, Coleman J, Bennett JL, Johnson R, Barnes-Garcia M, Traboulsee AL, Carruthers RL, Lee LE, Schubert JJ, McMullen K, Kister I, Rimler Z, Reid A, Sicotte NL, Planchon SM, Cohen JA, Ivancic D, Sedlak JL, Sand IK, Repovic P, Amezcua L, Pruitt A, Amundson E, Chitnis T, Mullin DS, Klawiter EC, Russo AW, Riley CS, Onomichi KB, Levine L, Nelson KE, Nealon NM, Engel C, Kruse-Hoyer M, Marcille M, Tornes L, Rumpf A, Greer A, Kenneally Behne M, Rodriguez RR, Behne DW, Blackway DW, Coords B, Blaschke TF, Sheard J, Smith TJ, Behne JM, Yeaman MR, Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation International Clinical Consortium GJCFICC (2019). Collaborative International Research in Clinical and Longitudinal Experience Study in NMOSD. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm, 6(5), e583.
  15. Beekman J, Keisler A, Pedraza O, Haramura M, Gianella-Borradori A, Katz E, Ratchford JN, Barron G, Cook LJ, Behne JM, Blaschke TF, Smith TJ, Yeaman MR (2019). Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder: Patient experience and quality of life. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm, 6(4), e580.
  16. Alghnam S, Bell TM, Cook LJ, Alqahtani F, Castillo R (2019). Maternal and child health after injuries: a two-year follow-up of a nationally representative sample. Public Health, 168, 76-82.
  17. Curry AE, Pfeiffer MR, Carey ME, Cook LJ (2019). Catalyzing traffic safety advancements via data linkage: Development of the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) data warehouse. Traffic Inj Prev, 20(sup2), S151-S155.
  18. Olson LM, Campbell KA, Cook L, Keenan HT (2018). Social history: A qualitative analysis of child abuse pediatricians' consultation notes. Child Abuse Negl, 86, 267-277.
  19. Olsen CS, Thomas AM, Cook LJ (2013). Hospital charges associated with motorcycle crash factors: a quantile regression analysis. Inj Prev, 20(4), 276-80.
  20. Campbell KA, Cook LJ, LaFleur BJ, Keenan HT (2010). Household, family, and child risk factors after an investigation for suspected child maltreatment: a missed opportunity for prevention. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 164(10), 943-9.
  21. Edelman LS, Cook LJ, Saffle JR (2010). Burn injury in Utah: demographic and geographic risks. J Burn Care Res, 31(3), 375-84.

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