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Robert Krafty, PhD

Associate Professor, Biostatistics


7135 Parran Hall, 130 DeSoto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: exensgl@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-7967

Personal Statement

My research  (i) develops statistical methods for the analysis of time series, longitudinal, signal, and functional data from modern experimental and observational studies and (ii) advances the study of health through transdisciplinary collaborations that elucidate complex scientific mechanisms.  I explore both time domain and frequency domain approaches for analyzing data such as heart rate variability (HRV), EEG, fMRI, ecological momentary assessments (EMA), and registration and surveillance databases. 

My current collaborative and transdisciplinary work involves questions
from sleep medicine, psychiatry,  neuroscience, health economics, and
public health.  


2007 | University of Pennsylvania | PhD in Biostatistics
2002 | University of Pennsylvania | MA in Mathematics
2000 | SUNY at Stony Brook | BS in Mathematics and Dance

Selected Publications

A full list of publications can be found on my CV.

Krafty, R. T., Rosen, O., Stoffer, D. S., Buysse, D. J. and Hall, M. H. (2017) Conditional Spectral Analysis of Replicated Multiple Time Series with Application to Nocturnal Physiology.” Journal of American Statistical Association. In Press.   [Matlab Program]

Bruce, S. A.,  Hall, M. H., Buysse, D. J. and Krafty, R. T. (2017) “Conditional Adaptive Bayesian Spectral Analysis of Nonstationary Biomedical Time Series.” Biometrics. In Press.   [Matlab Program]

Krafty, R. T. (2016) “Discriminant Analysis of Time Series in the Presence of Within-Group Spectral Variability.” Journal of Time Series Analysis. 37: 435-450.   [R Package]


Krafty, R. T. and Collinge, W. O. (2013) “Penalized Multivariate Whittle Likelihood for Power Spectrum Estimation.”   Biometrika. 100: 447-458.  [Matlab Program]

Krafty, R. T., Hall, M. and Guo, W. (2011) “Functional Mixed Effects Spectral Analysis.”   Biometrika98: 583-598. 


Hall, M. H, Mulukutla, S., Kline, C., Samuelsson, L. B., Taylor, B., Krafty, R. T., Thayer, J., Frank, E. and Kupfer, F.  (2017) “Objective Sleep Duration is Prospectively Associated with Endothelial Health.” Sleep. In Press. 

Mauer, L. A., Bass, S. B., Ye, D., Benitez, J., Mazzella, S. and Krafty, R. T. (2016) “
Trend Analysis of Users of a Syringe Exchange Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 1999-2014.” AIDS and Behavior. 20: 2922-2932. 

Hall, M. H, Casement, M. D., Troxel, W. M., Matthews, K. A., Bromberger, J., Kravitz, H. M., Krafty, R. T., and Buysse, D. J. (2015) “
Chronic Stress is Prospectively Associated with Sleep in Midlife Women: The SWAN Sleep Study.” Sleep. 38: 2922-2932.

Okun, M. L, Krafty, R. T., Buysse, D. J., Monk, T. H., Reynolds, C. F., Begley, A., Hall, M. H. (2010) "What Constitutes Too Long of a Delay?  Determining the Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) Using Self-Report and PSG-Assessed Wake Time.” Psychoneuroendocrinology. 35: 460-468.

Robert  Krafty
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