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    Rachel Mackey

Rachel Mackey

Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.H.A.
Principal Research Scientist

Dr. Mackey is a Principal Research Scientist for Premier Applied Research® with more than 20 years of research experience as a chronic disease epidemiologist in academic and industry settings. Dr. Mackey has led studies with federal, diagnostic and pharmaceutical funding. She has also authored/co-authored abstracts, posters and many peer-reviewed manuscripts in chronic disease therapeutic areas including cardiovascular (particularly lipid/lipoproteins and other biomarkers), aging, women’s health, obesity, dementia, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis and rare diseases. She has presented her research at national and international conferences as oral and poster presentations. 

Prior to joining Premier, Dr. Mackey was a Clinical Epidemiologist at Corrona, LLC, leading various studies for pharmaceutical clients across autoimmune disease registries. Prior to that position, she was an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where she maintains an adjunct faculty appointment. Over many years with the Department of Epidemiology (as graduate student researcher, statistician, research associate and assistant professor), Dr. Mackey designed retrospective and prospective studies; wrote statistical analysis plans, grant proposals, manuscripts, abstracts, oral and poster presentations; and performed or supervised data analysis and data management. She also taught graduate courses on epidemiological methods, SAS and scientific writing, and has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Lipidology and on national committees for the American Heart Association and National Lipid Association. Dr. Mackey graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in social history. She earned her master’s degree and PhD in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Featured Publications

Mackey, Rachel, et al. (2018). Arterial stiffness is associated with increased risk of incident dementia in older adults. J Alz Disease. 66(1). doi: 10.3233/JAD-180449. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6313252/

Mackey, Rachel, et al. (2018).  Associations of osteoprotegerin with coronary artery calcification among women with systemic lupus erythematosus and healthy controls. Lupus. doi: 10.1177/0961203317751060. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6026582/

Mackey, Rachel, et al. (2017). HLA-Shared Epitope, Inflammation, Mortality, CVD and Malignancy among Postmenopausal Women With and Without Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Women’s Health Initiative. Am J Epidemiol;186(2):245-254. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx087. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5860272/

Education

  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • B.S., Social History, Princeton University

Certifications

Fellow
American Heart Association

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