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, 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, 1-4.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Olsen CS, Thomas AM, Cook LJ (2013). Hospital charges associated with motorcycle crash factors: a quantile regression analysis. Inj Prev, 20(4), 276-80.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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