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Lendie R. Follett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Business Analytics, Department Chair, and Co-Director of Data Analytics

Dr. Follett is an Associate Professor of Business Analytics in the Zimpleman College of Business at Drake University. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University, where she also served as a statistical consultant.

Professor Follett has an extensive background in Bayesian techniques, with projects that are interdisciplinary in nature and involve using data to make meaningful inference. Her efforts are largely driven by a commitment to advancing research in issues surrounding food insecurity, nutrition, and overall well-being. Most recently, she has performed Bayesian analyses to investigate food insecurity and nutritional choices, stochastic volatility and jumps in cryptocurrency, discrete choice modeling, and human capabilities, to name a few.

Professor Follett teaches courses relating to probability, statistical programming, generalized linear models, and data mining. In addition, she enjoys teaching the data analytics capstone course, which partners students with a company to use real-life data to solve real-life problems. Reproducible research and analytics is something she implements into teaching whenever she can.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4158
Address: 2847 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 324


  • Ph.D., Statistics, Iowa State University
  • Masters, Statistics, Iowa State University
  • Bachelors, Statistics, Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Bayesian computation and methodology
  • MCMC
  • Time series
  • Generalized linear models
  • Data visualization


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