Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor
Office: STEPS 416
Halcyon (Hal) Skinner is an epidemiologist whose work spans the full spectrum of population health research from cell to society. Dr. Skinner received a PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MPH from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University. Dr. Skinner completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Skinner’s work has focused on the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer risk and progression with a particular emphasis on pancreatic cancer. His contributions include early investigations of the relationship of telomere length and shortening to the occurrence of colorectal and pancreatic cancers. Later work successfully identified combinations of common serum analytes and clinical information that proved useful for developing novel decision support tools to predict the risk for and severity of prostate and ovarian cancers. More recent work included methodological development and evaluation of health quality measures including a novel harms-based weighting approach for the composite hospital patient-safety measure PSI-90. Prior to joining Lehigh University, Dr. Skinner was Director of Epidemiology and Director of Data Strategy for IBM Watson Health. Dr. Skinner aims to bring a translational approach to research and education for Lehigh’s College of Health by taking novel discovery and insights through design and development to the implementation of impactful solutions to improve the health of the population.
Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Cancer, Molecular Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Computational Models, Predictive Modeling, Quality Measurement, Epidemiologic Methods, Measure Development and Evaluation
Dr. Skinner’s research aims to understand the determinants of health spanning the range from cell to society. Current work includes investigations of novel diagnostic and screening techniques for ovarian cancer, health care quality and safety measurement using electronic health information, and developing population health research infrastructure at Lehigh University.