Emily Leary, PhD

Emily Leary, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Assistant Professor
Director of Orthopaedic Biostatistics



Dr. Leary is the Director of Biostatistics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics. She is dedicated to improving patient outcomes and treatment regimens. Her research focuses on individualized prediction modeling for medical decision‐making, from both the clinician and patient perspective. Applications of these methods are widely applicable in orthopaedics. Current research includes using machine learning methods to characterize disease progression and risk of disease progression, modeling critical periods of childhood bone growth and bone fragility, and developing pre‐surgical profiles related to muscle and bone health. 

Academic Information

Assistant Professor
Director of Orthopaedic Biostatistics


1100 Virginia Avenue
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

P. 573-882-0028

Research Interests

  • Machine learning
  • Bayesian analysis 
  • Individualized prediction modeling

Areas of Expertise

  • Spatiotemporal statistics
  • Longitudinal modeling
  • Time-series

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Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

University of Florida

Awards & Honors

  • MU Faculty Scholar, 2016-17
  • Mizzou Advantage Faculty Interdisciplinary Development Award, 2016


Find a full list of Dr. Leary’s published work