Welcome to DeSheaStats.com!

This website is a companion to Introductory Statistics for the Health Sciences, a textbook by Lise DeShea and Larry E. Toothaker, with illustrations by William Howard Beasley.  This book is published by CRC Press, a Taylor & Francis group.

Take a look around the website and learn more about the book, which is written with students in mind.  Our emphasis is on conceptual understanding, not big and ugly math formulas.  Most of all, the book will help you with the language of quantitative research so you can get the most out of your studies in the health sciences.   

Who are we?

  • Lise DeShea, Ph.D.

    The first name is pronounced like Lisa, and the last name is pronounced d'SHAY.  Lise is a senior research biostatistician in the College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where she advises researchers and teaches statistics to doctoral students. 

  • Larry E. Toothaker, Ph.D.

    Larry's last name is pronounced as if we were talking about a person with a toothache.  Larry is an emeritus David Ross Boyd Professor, the highest honor for teaching excellence at the University of Oklahoma.  He retired in 2008 after 40 years of teaching, doing research, and mentoring doctoral students, including Lise.

  • William Howard Beasley, Ph.D.

    No tricky pronunciation in this name.   Will is an assistant professor of research in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  He has illustrated the book with figures that only hint at his strengths in data analysis .  This book would not have been possible without his contributions.  Learn more about Will on LinkedIn and ResearchGate.