Deborah H. Glueck, Ph.D.


Deborah Glueck is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Glueck received her AB cum laude in theoretical mathematics from Harvard in 1989 and a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1996. At Chapel Hill she was the recipient of a Pogue Fellowship. In 2008 she received the Colorado School of Public Health Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award.  In 2013 she received the Dean’s mentoring award from the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School.  In 2016, she received the Colorado School of Public Health Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.  She has coauthored numerous journal articles related to biostatistics and biostatistical methodology developments.

Dr. Glueck is the senior biostatistician for the LEAD (Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes) Center (Dabelea, PI).  At the LEAD center, Dr. Glueck serves as an advisor and statistical consultant to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior and senior faculty.  Dr. Glueck is

  1. a co-investigator on an American Cancer Society grant (Litt, Alaimo) which supports a randomized controlled clinical trial of community gardening,
  2. a co-investigator on the local site of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes project (ECHO, UH3OD023248, Dabelea),
  3. a co-investigator on a National Air and Space Administration heliophysics grant (Lamb) on magnetic flux emergence on Sol,
  4. a co-investigator on a Center for Disease Control Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry grant (Adgate, Starling, U01TS000300) on PFAS exposure and Health Effects in El Paso County, Colorado
  5. a co-investigator on a grant from the Peanut Board (Venter, Dabelea) on the effect of prenatal and early life dietary exposures and offspring filaggrin loss-of-function variants on the development of peanut allergy in childhood
  6. a co-investigator on a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Office of Women’s Health Research funded grant (Starling, Dabelea on )environmental chemical exposures during pregnancy and women’s cardio-metabolic health
  7. a co-investigator and mentor on an Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Opportunities and Infrastructure Fund (OIF) subaward (Smith, Dabelea) on establishing the feasibility of tremoFlo lung function and BODPOD lung volume measurements in ECHO cohorts,
  8. a mentor on a Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute grant (Perng) on biomarkers and mechanisms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and pathogenesis of Type 2 diabetes in two adolescent cohorts.
  9. a mentor on a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute grant (Doom, K01HL143159) on the roles of cortisol dysregulation, diet, and eating behaviors as mediators between childhood psychosocial stress and adolescent cardiovascular health

As a principal investigator, Dr. Glueck works to develop and disseminate methods and software for the planning and analysis of multilevel and longitudinal studies. Scientists across the country and across the world use the free, open-source, wizard-style, point-and-click, web- and mobile-based power and sample size software from her collaborative group (, which is funded by NIH grants (NIH/NIGMS R01GM121081 [Glueck, Muller, Dabelea]). Previous funding was provided by NIH/NIGMS R25GM111901 [Muller, Glueck], NIH/NLM  G13LM011879 [Muller, Glueck]), NIH/NIDCR R01DE020832 [Muller] and K07CA088811-S1 [Glueck]. During the period April 28 2017-April 27, 2018, Google Analytics showed more than 6700 unique users of the software, who computed power or sample size for their studies more than 11,000 times.