Short biography (created 2009-03-30)

This page is moving to a new website.

At irregular intervals, I am asked to provide a brief biography of myself. Here is the latest version, along with links to earlier version. I usually put this up on my website, not out of vanity, but rather so that I would remember all the nice things that I am supposed to say about myself. If you need material to introduce me as a speaker, to help write a grant, or to get a better appreciation of who I am and what I do, please feel free to read and use any of this material.


Steve Simon earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Iowa in 1982. He currently works as an independent statistical consultant for P.Mean Consulting and is a part-time (25%) faculty member in the Informatic Medicine and Personalized Health Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

In previous work at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati, Dr. Simon helped researchers design their studies, analyze the data, and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Simon has also served as an Assistant Professor in the School of Business at Bowling Green State University where he taught classes for undergraduate and graduate Business students and graduate students in Statistics.

In every job that he has held, Dr. Simon has collaborated with researchers on publications in medicine and statistics. He has co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has written a book, Statistical Evidence in Medical Trials, published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Simon is also the author of the StATS website (Steve's Attempt to Teach Statistics, which published over a thousand webpages on statistics, research methodology, and ethical conduct of research from 1997 to 2008. His current website,, started in June 2008, continues this effort with more than 100 new webpages on the same topics. He currently published an email newsletter, the Monthly Mean, with original articles about important topics in Statistics and recommended resources (articles, blogs, books, and webpages) in this area. Dr. Simon is also a regular contributor (more than 30 articles) to the Chance Wiki, a site devoted to current events relating to Statistics and Probability that can be used as teaching examples.

Dr. Simon is a highly sought after speaker, and has provided numerous invited talks and short courses for local, regional, national, and international meetings. Two groups, the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research and the American Society for Andrology have invited him back multiple times based on the strong positive feedback he has received at these talks.

Dr. Simon's current research efforts include developing Bayesian models to plan and monitor patient accrual in clinical trials, using entropy to characterize consensus (or lack of consensus) in sperm morphology assessment, and evaluating risk adjustment models for a national benchmarking study.

Other sources of biography material

My current website has the most up-to-date resume (Professional Resume of Stephen D. Simon) with some extra material (Extra information for the resume of Stephen D. Simon). There is an obsolete version at my old site, Stats: Resume for Steve Simon (December 26, 2000). Also at my old site are three biographies

  1. Stats: A short biography that can be used as an introduction (May 9, 2008)
  2. Stats: Brief Biography for Steve Simon (January 14, 2004)
  3. Stats: Biography for Steve Simon (January 16, 2002)

Material that I used for a research award nomination (Stats: Nomination for the Kreamer Award for Research Excellence (April 24, 2008)) and for my promotion application for Full Professor at UMKC (Stats: My promotion application (September 5, 2007)) may also provide some useful material.