Dr. Thomas Belin's research focuses on methods for handling incomplete or missing data in the health sciences, such as when data are incomplete due to non-response (when subjects fail to answer survey questions) or due to design decisions (an investigator intentionally obtained measurements on some but not all subjects on a given variable).
Belin has supervised six doctoral dissertations at UCLA on the development of strategies for the imputation of missing values in ways that are consistent with available evidence and that accurately summarize uncertainty about the missing values.
He currently is the principal investigator of a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health titled "Imputation for Moderate Sized Mental Health Studies." He has collaborated with investigators at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1991, particularly in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Ganz PA, Kwan L, Stanton AL, Bower JE, Belin TR. Physical and psychosocial recovery in the year after primary treatment of breast cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Mar 20;29(9):1101-9. Epub 2011 Feb 7.
Bower JE, Ganz PA, Tao ML, Hu W, Belin TR, Sepah S, Cole S, Aziz N. Inflammatory biomarkers and fatigue during radiation therapy for breast and prostate cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2009 Sep 1;15(17):5534-40. Epub 2009 Aug 25.
Wellisch DK, Crater B, Wiley FM, Belin TR, Weinstein K. Psychosocial impacts of a camping experience for children with cancer and their siblings. Psychooncology. 2006; 15(1): 56-65.
Stanton AL, Ganz PA, Kwan L, Meyerowitz BE, Bower JE, Krupnick JL, Rowland JH, Leedham B, Belin TR. Outcomes from the Moving Beyond Cancer psychoeducational, randomized, controlled trial with breast cancer patients. J Clin Oncol. 2005; 23(25): 6009-18.
Ganz PA, Kwan L, Stanton AL, Krupnick JL, Rowland JH, Meyerowitz BE, Bower JE, Belin TR. Quality of life at the end of primary treatment of breast cancer: first results from the moving beyond cancer randomized trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004; 96(5): 376-87.