Emily Griese, PhD, Lab

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Primary Research Group

Population Health

Secondary Research Group

Pediatrics & Rare Diseases


Dr. Griese Bio

  • Director of Data Collaborative Research, Health Services
  • Assistant Scientist, Population Health Group

Academic Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Primary Research Focus

Dr. Griese’s research works to uncover heterogeneity in developmental trajectories from childhood to early adolescence, focusing primarily on sources of resilience among at-risk youth. She further has extensive expertise in advanced longitudinal data analysis including latent growth mixture modeling and various other Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) techniques.

Dr. Griese also leads the Sanford Data Collaborative, supporting population health focused research with the goal of translation to community and patient health improvement and innovation.

Lab Projects

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes in the Northern Plains Safe Passage Study Cohort
1UG3OD023279-01 (PI: Elliott)

Our cohort will follow a group of participants recruited for the Safe Passage Study, an existing cohort with prenatal exposure and early childhood outcomes data. The entire ECHO Pediatric Cohort has a goal of enrolling more than more than 50,000 children from diverse racial, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our site is responsible for monitoring around 4,400 children from the Sioux Falls and Rapid City areas, including a large percentage of rural and American Indian youth. Experiences during sensitive developmental windows, including around the time of conception, later in pregnancy, and during infancy and early childhood, can have long-lasting effects on the health of children. ECHO research will focus on factors that may influence health outcomes around the time of birth as well as into later childhood and adolescence, including upper and lower airway health and development, obesity, and brain and nervous system development.

Role: Griese, Co-Investigator

Supporting Male Victims of Violence
Griese (Evaluation Director)

This is a tribally-based project focusing on male survivors of victimization, including sexual, physical, and emotional trauma to male youth between the ages of 10-18 years. The goal of this project is to successfully implement and evaluate the effectiveness of an evidence-based model that provides trauma informed, comprehensive services for males

Role: Griese, Evaluation Director; Russo, Evaluation Research Associate

21st Century Learning Grants – Volunteers of America-Dakotas, Bowden Youth Center
These are community-based programs working to support social and academic skills, including a focus specifically on STEM learning among low income and non-native English speakers through an afterschool program.

Roles: Griese, Evaluation Director; Russo, Project Evaluator


Contact Information  
Phone: (605) 376-6235  
Email: emily.griese@sanfordhealth.org  
Sanford Research
2301 E. 60th Street N.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104


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