Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium to Take Place in May
The third annual Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health will be held at the Yale School of Public Health May 29–30. This event continues the Columbia-Cornell-NYU-Penn-Yale Symposium and is jointly sponsored by the five universities and Mental Health Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. Conference participants are welcome to contribute posters on statistical methodology or applied research in mental health.
The idea for a forum on statistics in psychiatry arose in 1998 from informal discussions among Eva Petkova, Ray Carroll, and Tom Ten Have. The first forum took place in 1999 at the New York State Psychiatric Institute as an informal joint forum with participating statisticians from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. It was at this initial forum that several precedents were established for the ensuing annual forums: the forum would start with lunch and end with at least happy hour, if not dinner, and then a quick departure of the visiting attendees back home by train. Between 1999 and 2003, the forum location rotated between Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, with each forum consisting of two one-hour presentations on statistics in psychiatry by a member from each school and then ample time for informal discussions before happy hour.
In 2004, Yale University joined as the third participating institution and GlaxoSmithKline was a company sponsor of an external invited speaker. In addition, the forum grew with one one-hour invited presentation and three 30-minute contributed presentations, outside participants, and an enhanced social program. In 2007, New York University became the fourth participating site and the forum was renamed to symposium, which continued to expand as Cornell University was added as another participating institution.
In 2011, Thomas Ten Have, who was one of the founders of the symposium, passed away. To honor his many contributions to the field of statistics in psychiatry and the statistics profession, the symposium was renamed to Tom R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Psychiatry (TTH Symposium). The 2012 symposium was the first renamed TTH symposium. It took place at the University of Pennsylvania and culminated in the Ten Have Memorial Lecture given by C. Hendricks Brown. The second TTH symposium took place at the New York University Child Study Center in 2013.
In 2013, the ASA Statistics in Mental Health Section and TTH organizers agreed to sponsor the 2014 event jointly. This will be the first national symposium with an expanded program covering a day and a half of presentations, posters, and a social program. There will be eight regular invited talks, plus one keynote address to be delivered by Naihua Duan from Columbia University. Posters on statistical methodology or applied research in mental health will be on display throughout the conference.