Research Faculty


Jeri Forster PhD

Assistant Professor
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SOM)

Dr. Jeri Forster obtained a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2006. She began work as a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver in the 2006, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. In 2007, Dr. Forster began providing biostatistical consulting to the Denver VA Medical Center Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) on a number of projects and studies related to TBI, PTSD and suicide risk. This collaboration grew over the next 5 years and Dr. Forster joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC team as the Director of the newly formed Data and Statistical Core (DASC) in 2012.
Her contributions include: Coordinating and building the infrastructure of the DASC with its members; continuing the growth of the DASC through strategic planning with the group; serving as Co-Investigator on multiple projects; providing expert consultation on study design, hypothesis refinement, and statistical considerations on numerous projects; and aiding in development of presentations and manuscripts with input on results, interpretation, graphs, tables, and statistical analysis descriptions. Dr. Forster has mentored junior investigators who wish to perform analyses for their projects and provided Post Doctoral Fellows with more in-depth mentoring regarding project development from a statistical perspective. Additionally, Dr. Forster serves on the Research Oversight Committee at the MIRECC which reviews all MIRECC projects. Lastly, she maintains an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics.
Research Interests: Longitudinal data analysis; nonignorable dropout; varying-coefficient models
Statement about Research Program: My research has focused on methods that adjust for potential nonignorable dropout in longitudinal observational studies and clinical trials. I have additionally led analyses on numerous studies related to TBI, PTSD and suicide risk.
Available Project(s) for Fellows: n/a



Military Suicide Research Consortium
A novel approach to identifying behavioral and neural markers of active suicidal ideation: Effects of cognitive and emotional stress on working memory in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. Role: Co-Investigator
Military Suicide Research Consortium
Home-Based Mental Health Evaluation (HOME) to Assist Suicidal Veterans with the Transition from Inpatient to Outpatient Settings: A Multi-Site Interventional Trial. Role: Co-Investigator