Traci Clemons, Ph.D.

Chief Research Officer

Why I joined Emmes

I had interviewed with Emmes and a number of other companies and academic institutions after completing my Ph.D. I initially thought I wanted to work in academia but decided it wasn’t a good fit for me. I remembered Emmes from my original interviews; I was intrigued by the work and the culture.

How I describe our firm to other people

We support clinical research by providing innovative technologies combined with statistical, data management and project management support.

A bit about me

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m addicted to SoulCycle. I do the 45-minute, high-intensity spin class almost every day.

How I chose my career

I’ve loved math since I was a kid. The chance to combine statistics and public health was perfect for me.

The best part about working here

I’m able to publish the results of my work and see that it’s had an impact on public health.

My background

My post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School for Public Health was an excellent training ground for my later work at Emmes. While at Harvard, I worked in the department of biostatistics and supported an AIDS training grant. Prior to that, I was a research biostatistician in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama and I’d also worked as a teaching assistant while earning my degrees. I started at Emmes in 1999. Joining at that time was fortunate for me, because it gave me the chance to work in a number of different scientific and technical areas. My next step was in project leadership and ultimately I assumed a principal investigator role. Seeing the result of an Emmes study – a product that slows down age-related macular degeneration – on the shelf at the local pharmacy was one of the high points of my career.


Ph.D., biostatistics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
M.S., biostatistics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.A., mathematics, University of West Florida, Pensacola

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