Recai Yucel

Assistant Director of Biostatistics
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Recai Yucel is professor and assistant director of biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Prior to joining Temple University, he was professor of biostatistics and the chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany. Following his doctoral training at Pennsylvania State University, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He then worked as a statistical advisor at the Institute for Health Policy at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During this time, Dr. Yucel was awarded a fellowship by the American Statistical Association and the National Center for Health Statistics to develop and disseminate methods for handling item nonresponse in complex sample surveys.

Dr. Yucel’s research is mainly centered around missing data in complex data structures and on measurement error. Substantive issues in health services research, prevention research, social sciences and more general public health problems motivate his statistical research agenda. Some of the other research topics include computational algorithms and software development, hierarchical and latent variable models, models and methods for response errors and applied Bayesian statistics. To date, he has published close to 75 research articles in refereed journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Statistics in Medicine, The American Statistician, and Medical Care. He has also been PI and co-PI on numerous research grants funded by the NIH, CDC and NSF.


  • PhD, Statistics, Penn State University
  • MA, Statistics, Penn State University
  • BS, Statistics, Gazi University (Ankara, Turkey)

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




EPBI 8012

Multivariable Biostatistics


EPBI 8204

Multilev Mod in Int Res


Selected Publications

  • Fernández, D., Giné-Vázquez, I., Liu, I., Yucel, R., Ruscone, M.N., Morena, M., García, V.G., Haro, J.M., Pan, W., & Tyrovolas, S. (2021). Are environmental pollution and biodiversity levels associated to the spread and mortality of COVID-19? A four-month global analysis. Environ Pollut, 271, p. 116326. England. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116326

  • Butts, C.D., Bloom, M.S., McGough, A., Lenhart, N., Wong, R., Mok-Lin, E., Parsons, P.J., Galusha, A.L., Yucel, R.M., Feingold, B.J., Browne, R.W., & Fujimoto, V.Y. (2021). Variability of essential and non-essential trace elements in the follicular fluid of women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Ecotoxicol Environ Saf, 209, p. 111733. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.111733

  • Zhang, W., Vásquez, E., Botoseneanu, A., & Yucel, R. (2021). Metabolic Risk and Depression among Elderly Mexican Americans: The Roles of Nativity Status. Ethn Dis, 31(2), pp. 243-252. United States. doi: 10.18865/ed.31.2.243

  • Medarov, B.I., Pluto, L.A., Fina, L., Ilyas, F., Sukhu, I., Yucel, R., & Judson, M.A. (2020). Assessing the reliability of obstructive sleep apnea screening instruments in isolation or in combination. Respiratory Medicine: X, 2. doi: 10.1016/j.yrmex.2020.100019

  • Figueiro, M.G., Steverson, B., Heerwagen, J., Yucel, R., Roohan, C., Sahin, L., Kampschroer, K., & Rea, M.S. (2020). Light, entrainment and alertness: A case study in offices. Lighting Research and Technology, 52(6), pp. 736-750. doi: 10.1177/1477153519885157

  • Shkolnik, B., Judson, M.A., Austin, A., Hu, K., D'souza, M., Zumbrunn, A., Huggins, J.T., Yucel, R., & Chopra, A. (2020). Response. Chest, 158(4), pp. 1783-1784. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.06.076

  • Butts, C.D., Bloom, M.S., McGough, A., Lenhart, N., Wong, R., Mok-Lin, E., Parsons, P.J., Galusha, A.L., Yucel, R.M., Feingold, B.J., Browne, R.W., & Fujimoto, V.Y. (2020). Seafood consumption is associated with higher follicular fluid arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg) concentrations in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Environ Res, 188, p. 109753. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109753

  • Shkolnik, B., Judson, M.A., Austin, A., Hu, K., D'Souza, M., Zumbrunn, A., Huggins, J.T., Yucel, R., & Chopra, A. (2020). Diagnostic Accuracy of Thoracic Ultrasonography to Differentiate Transudative From Exudative Pleural Effusion. Chest, 158(2), pp. 692-697. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.02.051

  • Schell, L.M., Gallo, M.V., Pfeiffer, S., Lee, F., Garry, D., Yucel, R., & Environment, A.T.F.o.n.t. (2020). Trends in height, weight, BMI, skinfolds, and measures of overweight and obesity from 1979 through 1999 among American Indian Youth: The Akwesasne Mohawk. Int J Obes (Lond), 44(3), pp. 656-663. England. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0349-5

  • Tanner, E.M., Bloom, M.S., Kannan, K., Lynch, J., Wang, W., Yucel, R., & Fitzgerald, E.F. (2020). A longitudinal study of polychlorinated biphenyls and neuropsychological function among older adults from New York State. Int J Hyg Environ Health, 223(1), pp. 1-9. Germany. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2019.10.012

  • Tote, K.M., Bradley, H., Martin, E.G., Yucel, R., & Rosenberg, E.S. (2019). Factors associated with incomplete toxicology reporting in drug overdose deaths, 2010-2016. Ann Epidemiol, 38, pp. 65-69. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2019.08.006

  • Friedman, S., Yucel, R.M., Wynn, C.E., & Gibbons, J.R. (2019). Muslim-Non-Muslim Locational Attainment in Philadelphia: A New Fault Line in Residential Inequality? Demography, 56(4), pp. 1327-1348. United States. doi: 10.1007/s13524-019-00797-z

  • Bloom, M.S., Wenzel, A.G., Brock, J.W., Kucklick, J.R., Wineland, R.J., Cruze, L., Unal, E.R., Yucel, R.M., Jiyessova, A., & Newman, R.B. (2019). Racial disparity in maternal phthalates exposure; Association with racial disparity in fetal growth and birth outcomes. Environ Int, 127, pp. 473-486. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.005

  • Judson, M.A., Preston, S., Hu, K., Zhang, R., Jou, S., Modi, A., Sukhu, I., Ilyas, F., Rosoklija, G., & Yucel, R. (2019). Quantifying the relationship between symptoms at presentation and the prognosis of sarcoidosis. Respir Med, 152, pp. 14-19. England. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2019.03.012

  • Wu, M. & Yucel, R.M. (2019). Model-based inference on average causal effect in observational clustered data. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, 19(1), pp. 36-60. doi: 10.1007/s10742-019-00196-2

  • Jaitovich, A., Khan, M.M., Itty, R., Chieng, H.C., Dumas, C.L., Nadendla, P., Fantauzzi, J.P., Yucel, R.M., Feustel, P.J., & Judson, M.A. (2019). ICU Admission Muscle and Fat Mass, Survival, and Disability at Discharge: A Prospective Cohort Study. Chest, 155(2), pp. 322-330. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.10.023

  • Savadatti, S.S., Bell, E.M., Gates, M.A., Hosler, A.S., Yucel, R.M., & Misra, R. (2019). Metabolic Syndrome Among Asian Indians in the United States. J Public Health Manag Pract, 25(1), pp. 45-52. United States. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000738

  • James, W.E., Koutroumpakis, E., Saha, B., Nathani, A., Saavedra, L., Yucel, R.M., & Judson, M.A. (2018). Clinical Features of Extrapulmonary Sarcoidosis Without Lung Involvement. Chest, 154(2), pp. 349-356. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.02.003

  • Boswell, J.F., Constantino, M.J., Oswald, J.M., Bugatti, M., Goodwin, B., & Yucel, R. (2018). Mental health care consumers' relative valuing of clinician performance information. J Consult Clin Psychol, 86(4), pp. 301-308. United States. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000264

  • Yucel, R.M., Zhao, E., Schenker, N., & Raghunathan, T.E. (2018). Sequential hierarchical regression imputation. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 6(1), pp. 1-22. doi: 10.1093/jssam/smx004

  • Chopra, A., Modi, A., Chaudhry, H., Yucel, R., Rane, N., Fantauzzi, J., Hellwitz, F.J., & Judson, M.A. (2018). Assessment of Mediastinal Lymph Node Size in Pneumococcal Pneumonia with Bacteremia. Lung, 196(1), pp. 43-48. United States. doi: 10.1007/s00408-017-0071-9

  • Tanner, E.M., Bloom, M.S., Wu, Q., Kannan, K., Yucel, R.M., Shrestha, S., & Fitzgerald, E.F. (2018). Occupational exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances and serum levels of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in an aging population from upstate New York: a retrospective cohort study. Int Arch Occup Environ Health, 91(2), pp. 145-154. Germany. doi: 10.1007/s00420-017-1267-2

  • Judson, M.A., Modi, A., Ilyas, F., & Yucel, R. (2018). Repository corticotropin injection (H.P. Acthar gel) for the treatment of sarcoidosis-induced hypercalciuria and vitamin D dysregulation: a pilot, open label study. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis, 35(3), pp. 192-197. Italy. doi: 10.36141/svdld.v35i3.6917