At ACS since 2002
As Director of the Data Analysis group, Ryan Diver, MSPH, leads a team of 8 masters-level scientists responsible for statistical analysis in the Population Science department at the American Cancer Society (ACS). His team specializes in a variety of analysis techniques and programming languages. One of his primary duties is to support the analytics process for all behavioral and epidemiology research studies, ensuring they have adequate expertise, support, and resources to analyze their data.
Diver also conducts research about environmental exposures to carcinogens, the use of tobacco, and their effects on cancer. He provides leadership in these areas and statistical methods for the population science team.
Research focus and accomplishments
Diver is particularly interested in studying inhaled pollutants and other chemical exposures. He aims to improve our understanding of how they affect the risk for developing cancer in the general population.
While Diver has conducted research on many types of cancer, he has the most experience with breast cancer and hematopoietic cancers. He’s also been active for many years on large genomics consortia related to these cancers.
In 2018, he published the first paper to identify an association of childhood exposure to secondhand smoke with death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as an adult in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Diver actively collaborates on research that’s critical to decisions made about air pollution regulations in both the United States and around the world. Examples of this work include:
Beyond his research activities, Diver serves on scientific panels related to cancer and environmental exposures. He was:
For a full list of Diver's publications, visit her Google Scholar page.