Dr. McDermott is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology with joint appointments in the Department of Neurology and the Center for Health and Technology. He has been the Program Director for the Statistics Ph.D. program since 2000. In this capacity he has served as an academic advisor for more than 60 Ph.D. students during their first three years in the Ph.D. program. He has also supervised the doctoral dissertations of 8 students (and co-supervised 2 others) in this program and has served on many dissertation committees. Dr. McDermott is also a very active preceptor for the NIH-funded training grants “Environmental Health Sciences Biostatistics” and “Experimental Therapeutics in Neurological Disease”, serving as a mentor for dozens of training grant fellows since 1990. For several years, Dr. McDermott helped organize an annual outreach program that targeted mathematically talented students from Wilson Magnet High School, an urban magnet high school for mathematics, science, and technology. He was named Andrew W. Mellon Dean’s Teaching Scholar (1997-2000) in recognition for his excellence in teaching, and Outstanding Program Director (2015) by the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Dr. McDermott has over 25 years of experience as a biostatistician in collaborative studies, mostly in neurological disease. He is a member of several national and international collaborative groups conducting basic and clinical research in Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, various muscular dystrophies and other muscle diseases, epilepsy, HIV dementia, multiple sclerosis, pain, and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. He has been a member of the Executive Committees of three of these international groups: the Parkinson Study Group, the Muscle Study Group, and the Neuro-ophthalmology Research Disease Investigator Consortium. He has been the Principal Investigator of the coordination, data management, and biostatistics centers for NIH-funded clinical trials. Several Ph.D. students have been involved in these collaborative research projects. In addition, Dr. McDermott performs research in statistical methodology, chiefly in the areas of order-restricted inference, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves and surfaces, missing data methods, and clinical trials methodology. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.