Mingfei Li

  • Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Co-investigator, Senior Statistician, Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) , Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ph.D. Michigan State University
  • MS Michigan State University
  • B.S. Jilin University
  • Office: Morison Hall - 380 | 781.891.2933 | mli@bentley.edu
  • Department Fax: 781.891.2457

Teaching Interests

Applied Statistics; Quantitative methods;
Applied Game Theory;

Research Interests

Applied statistics, Applied Game Theory, Health Analytics,
Business Analysis, Applied mathematics, machine learning, and interdisciplinary research.

Consulting/Practice Interests

Applied Statistical Analysis; Machine Learning; Applied Mathematical Modeling; Business Analytics; Health Analytics


Mingfei Li, PhD is a professor of Mathematical Sciences. She leads the Data Analytics Research Team at the Center for Analytics and Data Sciences (CADS-DART) of Bentley University. She was the founding program director of MS in Business Analytics at Bentley. As a productive researcher in applied statistics and data sciences, she has extensive collaborative research with other research institutions, such as Boston University. Harvard University, UMASS Lowell, etc. She is a co-investigator and senior statistician at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), VA Bedford Health System, Department of Veterans Affairs. At CHOIR, She participates in multiple grant-supported research projects. She contributes to study design, leads the data analytics team, interprets data analysis results, helps to prepare and review grant proposals and manuscripts, etc. Her current research projects focus on mental disease (AD and MCI), COVID-related topics (AD/MCI, brain fog), the impact of FDA-approved medications on these diseases, health care services, health care policy, and clinical studies in mental disorders (Bipolar and PTSD).

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics Present
  • Society for Industrial And Applied Mathematics Present
  • The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences 2015 - Present
  • American Statistical Association 2005 - Present
  • American Mathematical Society 2003 - 2005
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2020, Research Council Grant, Bentley Research Council
  • 2018, Service Award, Bentley University
  • 2015, Summer research grant, Bentley University
  • 2011, Faculty Development Grant, Bentley University
  • 2011, Summer research grant, Bentley University
  • 2010, Dean's for international Travel Grant, Bentley University
  • 2010, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2009, Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
  • 2008, Summer support fellowship in Michigan State University
  • 2003, Travel Award, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
  • Publications

    Journal Articles

  • Morin, P., Li, M., Wang, Y., Aguilar, B., Berlowitz, D., Monfared, A. A., Irizarry, M., Zhang, Q., Xia, W. (2022). Clinical Staging of Alzheimer’s Disease: Concordance of Subjective and Objective Assessments in the Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System. Neurology and Therapy . 1 12. (Link) Forthcoming.
  • Li, M., Lo, V., Liu, P., Smith, E. (2022). The impact of Timothy’s Law on hospitalization among patients with mental health conditions in New York State. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, (16) 25
  • Wang, Y., Li, M., Kazis, L., Xia, W. (2022). Clinical outcomes of COVID-19 infection among patients with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimer's & Dementia.
  • Tsivinsky, V., Huang, K., Li, M., Mi, J. (2022). A NOTE ON miRNA PAIRS SELECTION USING MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS APPROACH. Advances and Applications in Statistics, (74) 29-45.
  • Li, M., Wang, Y., Ndiwane, N., Orner, M. B., Palacios, N., Berlowitz, D., Kazis, L., Xia, W. (2021). Association of COVID-19 occurrence and severity with the use of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin-II receptor blockers in patients with hypertension. PLOS ONE. 16(3) (Link)
  • Khanna, A., Fix, G. M., McCullough, M. B., Herbst, A. N., Li, M., Miano, D., Barker, A. M., Wiener, R. (2021). Implementing Shared Decision-Making for Lung Cancer Screening across a Veterans Health Administration Hospital Network. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, (9) 13 476-483.
  • Xia, W., Li, M., Wang, Y., Kazis, L., Berlo, K., Phil, N. D., Chiklis, G. R. (2021). Longitudinal Analysis of Antibody Decay in Convalescent COVID-19 Patients. Scientific Report.
  • Mukerjee, S., Chow, C. M., Li, M. (2021). Mitigation Strategies and Compliance in the Covid-19 Fight; How Much Compliance is Enough?. PLOS ONE. 16(8)
  • Stavrulaki, E., Li, M., Gupta, J. (2020). Perceived Parenting Styles, Academic Achievement and Life Satisfaction of College Students. European Journal of Psychology of Education. 36 693–717.
  • Li, M., Reisman, J., Morris-Eppolito, B., Qian, S., Kazis, L., Wolozin, B., Goldstein, L., Xia, W. (2020). Beneficial association of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and statins on the occurrence of possible Alzheimer’s disease after traumatic brain injury. Alzheimer's Research & Therapy. 12(1) 1-16.
  • Semla, T., Lee, A., Gurrera, R., Bajor, L., Li, M., Miller, D. R., Smith, E., Wang, C., Wan, Y., Kazis, L., Bauer, M. (2017). Off-label Prescribing of Second Generation Antipsychotics to Elderly Veterans with PTSD and Dementia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  • Deichmann, J. I., Eshghi, A., Haughton, D. M., Li, M. (2017). Using SOMbrero to Examine the Economic Convergence of European Countries from 2001-2013. . WSOM +2017, (Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps and Learning Vector Quantization, Clustering and Data Visualization (WSOM+) 2017) 8. (Link)
  • Deichmann, J. I., Eshghi, A., Haughton, D. M., Li, M. (2017). Socio-Economic Convergence in Europe One Decade after the EU Enlargement of 2004: Application of Self-Organizing Maps.. Eastern European Economics, (55) 3 236-260. (Link)
  • Penfold, R., Lee, A., Burgess, J. F., Li, M., Miller, C. J., Marjorie, M., Semla, T., Mohr, D., Kazis, L., Bauer, M. (2016). Space-time Cluster Analysis to Detect Innovative Clinical Practices: A Case Study of Aripiprazole in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Health Services Research. 53(1) 214-235.
  • Bauer, M., Miller, C. J., Li, M., Bajor, L. A., Lee, A. (2016). A Population-Based Study of the Comparative Effectiveness of Second-generation Antipsychotics versus Older Anti-Manic Agents in Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorders, (18) 6 481-489.
  • Miller, C. J., Li, M., Penfold, R. B., Lee, A. F., Smith, E. G., Nordberg, S., Osser, D. N., Bajor, L., Zhang, F., Bauer, M. (2015). The Ascendancy of Second Generation Antipsychotics as Frontline Anti-Manic Agents: Time Course and Population Spread. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, (Vol 35) 6 645–653.
  • Bauer, M., Lee, A., Miller, C., Bajor, L., Li, M., Penfold, R. (2015). Effects of Diagnostic Inclusion Criteria on Prevalence and Population Characteristics in Database Research. Psychiatric Services, (66) 2 141-148.
  • Miller, C. J., Li, M., Penfold, R. B., Lee, A. F., Smith, E. G., Osser, D. N., Bauer, M. (2014). Patterns of Initiation of Second Generation Antipsychotics for Bipolar Disorder: A Month-by-Month Analysis of Provider Behavior, 2004-2010. BMC Psychiatry. 14(1) 1-10.
  • Bauer, M., Lee, A., Li, M., Bajor, L., al, e. (2014). Off-Label Use of Second Generation Antipsychotics for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Department of Veterans Affairs: Time Trends and Sociodemographic, Comorbidity, and Regional Correlates. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, (23) 1 77-86.
  • Li, M. (2013). An Extension of Player against the Random Past Strategy. Choosing the Right Experts on IBM forecast. Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.
  • Rutledge, B., Bush, T., Vorro, J., Li, M., DeStefano, L., et al, . (2013). Differences in human cervical spine kinematics for active and passive motions of symptomatic and asymptomatic subject groups. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, (29) 5 543-553. (Link)
  • Li, M., Predescu, M. (2013). A Note on an Unemployment Model. Dynamics and Estimation of Parameters. Advances and Applications in Statistics , (37) 2 171-186.
  • Vorro, J., Bush, T., Rutledge, B., Li, M. (2013). Kinematic measures during a clinical diagnostic technique for human neck disorder: Inter- and intra-examiner comparisons. BioMed Research International , (2013) 9. (Link)
  • Woolford, S. W., Haughton, D. M., Li, M., Senne, L. P., Skaletsky, M. ., Eshghi, A. (2012). Enrollment management in graduate business programs: predicting student retention. Journal of Institutional Research, (16) 2 63-79.
  • Li, M., Predescu, M. (2012). Dynamics of Solutions of a Nonlinear System with Rational Terms. Far East Journal of Applied Mathematics, (69) 1 1-18.
  • Leitkam, S., Bush, T., Li, M. (2011). A Methodology for Quantifying Seated Lumbar Curvatures.. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, (133)
  • Li, M., Predescu, M. (2011). Parameter Estimation in a model of the labor market. Advances and Applications in Statistics , (21) 2 141-158.
  • Bush, T., Vorro, J., Gordon, A., Gorbis, S., Li, M., Leitkam, S. (2010). Relating a manual medicine diagnostic test of cervical motion function to specific three-dimensional kinematic variables. International Journal of Osteopath Medicine.
  • Dass, S., Li, M. (2009). Hierarchical mixture models for assessing fingerprint individuality. Annals of Applied Statistics, (3) 4 1448-1466.
  • Gilliland, D., Li, M. (2008). A note on confidence intervals for the power of t-tests. Statistics & Probability Letters, (78) 5 488-489.
  • Jafari, ., Bazargan-Lari, ., Li, M. (2008). On confidence Intervals of the power in F-tests. Journal of Statistical Theory and Applications, (7) 1

    Book Chapters

  • Li, M., Chircu, A. M., Li, G., Xia, L., Xu, J. (2017). Patient Satisfaction and Hospital Structure: How Are They Related? In Chen, H., Zeng, D.D., Karahanna, E., Bardhan, I., (Eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) , Smart Health. 15-25. Springer

  • Conference Papers

  • Li, M., Predescu, M. (2011). A statistical approach to a dynamic flow model of labor market, Joint Statistcal Meeting .

  • Other(s)

  • Dass, S., Li, M. (2008). A Bayesian analysis of hierarchical mistures with application to clustering fingerprintsMichigan State University. RM669
  • Presentations

  • Li, M., Zhuo, R., Wang, H. (2020). “A market analysis on current higher education in data analytics, business analytics and data science” Presented at the American Statistical Association Joint Statistical Meeting virtual
  • Li, M. (2019). “Statistics in Big Data and AI?-an exploration in Business”
  • Li, M. (2019). “Realtime detection from customer’s behavior sequence – explore a smart customer maintenance algorithm” Presented at the merican Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, nternational Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), Royal Statistical Society, International Statistical Institute, Statistical Society of Canada, etc Joint Statistical Meeting Denver, CO
  • Chen, R., Li, M. (2017). “What Factors Impact A Superstar's Performance in NBA.” Presented at theNew England Sports Statistics Symposium Harvard University, Cambridge
  • Li, M. (2017). “Exploration of Innovating Business with Analytics” Presented at theJoint Statistics Meeting Baltimore
  • Li, M., Chircu, A. M., Li, G., Xia, L., Xu, J. (2017). “ Patient Satisfaction and Hospital Structure: How Are They Related?” Presented at theInternational Conference for Smart Health (ICSH) June 26-27, 2017, Hong Kong
  • Li, M. (2016). “An exploratory study on customer adherence from customer behavior sequence data” Presented at the American Statistics Association, etc Joint Statistics Meeting Chicago, IL
  • Deichmann, J. I., Li, M., Eshghi, A., Haughton, D. M. (2016). “Socio-Economic Convergence in Europe One Decade after the EU Expansion of 2004”” Presented at the EBEEC Economies of Balkan and East European Countries Split, Croatia
  • Li, M., Chircu, A. M., Xia, L., Li, G., Xu, J. (2016). “Business Analytics Gaps Between Academia and Industry” Presented at the INFORM 12th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on OPERATIONS RESEARCH Havana, Cuba
  • Li, M. (2015). “When will customers begin to quit? - An exploration of PRP strategy in more complicated sequential predictions” Presented at the American Statistics Association, IMA, etc Joint Statistics Meeting 2015 Seattle, WA
  • Miller, C., Li, M., Penfold, R., Smith, E., Bajor, L., Nordberg, S., Osser, D., Zhang, F., Lee, A. F., Bauer, M. (2015). “Second-Generation Antipsychotics and other Antimanic Medications for Bipolar Disorder: One-Year Outcomes” Presented at the AcademyHealth AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting 2015 Minneapolis, MN
  • Li, M., Chircu, A. M., Li, G., Shen, Y., Xia, L., Xu, J. (2015). “Final Report: Business Analytics Methods, Techniques and Applications Innovation - A Bentley Thought Leadership Network for Analytics Challenges” Presented at the Bentley University 3rd Annual Research Showcase Poster Session Waltham, MA
  • Li, M. (2015). “Implement Business Analytics in Education” Presented at the INFROMS INFORMS National Annual meeting Philadelphia
  • Li, M. (2014). “Exploration of Play Against the Random Past Strategy(PRP) in Non-symmetric Sequential Predictions” Presented at theJoint Statistical Meeting 2014 Boston
  • Li, M., Lee, A., Kazis, L. (2014). “A Primary Study of Bisphosphonate Medications on Fractures for Male Patients in VA Healthcare System” Presented at the AMS, MMA, SIAM, ASA 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings Baltomore, MD
  • Kazis, L., Lee, A., Li, M., , e. (2012). “Predictors of Non-adherence to Bisphosphonates for Male Veterans with Osteoporosis and/or Osteoporotic Fracture: Importance of Mental Health Conditions” Presented at the ASBMR Annual Meeitng of American society of Bone and Mineral Research Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Li, M. (2012). “The Play-against-Random-past Strategy for Real Multiple-expert Selection in Sequential Prediction” Presented at the INOFRMS INFORMS International Beijing 2012 Beijing, China
  • Li, M., Lo, V., Liu, P., Smith, E. (2011). “How did the Timothy’s Law impact on hospitalization among mental patients in New York State? A causal approach on a mental disparity policy.” Presented at the American Statistics Association Joint Statistical Meeting virtual
  • Li, M., Predescu, M. (2011). “A statistical approach to a dynamic flow model of labor market” Presented at theJoint Statistcal Meeting Miami, FL
  • Li, M. (2010). “A New Strategy in Repeated Games with application in expert selection problem” Presented at the The International Society on Dynamic Games 14-th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON DYNAMIC GAMES AND APPLICATIONS Banff, Canada
  • Li, M. (2009). “Strategies in Repeated Plays ---Expert Selection Problem” Presented at the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics 2009 Joint Statistical Meetings Washington, DC
  • Li, M. (2008). “Different Strategies in Repeated Plays ” Presented at the MAA MAA northeastern meeting Waltham, MA
  • Stone, E., Li, M. (2003). “Identification of the Initial Concentration of DNA in Polymerase Chain Reaction” Presented at theGIMMC Banff, Canada
  • Tolmasky, C., Li, M. (2003). “Correlation structures corresponding to forward rates” Presented at theIPSW Calgary, Canada
  • Service

    Department Service

  • Committee Member for graduate cirriculum committee 2019 - Present
  • Committee Member for P&T committee 2014 - Present
  • Committee Member for Graduate Committee 2012 - Present
  • Committee Member for Search committee 2015 - 2016
  • Committee Member for Social Committee 2012 - 2015
  • Committee Member for search committee 2014 - 2015
  • Committee Member for Search Committee 2011 - 2012
  • University Service

  • Committee Member for Retirement Plan Investment Committee (RPIC). 2022 - Present
  • University Senate for Faculty Senator at Large 2022 - 2024
  • Committee Member for faculty Senate 2021 - 2024
  • Committee Member for Bentley Research Council 2020 - 2023
  • Committee Member for BT Academic Affairs Committee 2019 - 2021
  • Student Organization Advisor for Bentley Analytics Society 2014 - 2018
  • Program Director for MSBA program 2013 - 2018
  • Session co-chair for Bentley Research Colloqium 2016 - 2016
  • Committee Member for Nomination committee 2009 - 2014
  • Committee Member for Faculty senate 2011 - 2012
  • Professional Service

  • External reviewer for Bryant University and CUNY Queens College for External reviewer for promotion 2020 - 2020
  • Conference/Workshop Organizer for Business Analytics Methods, Techniques and Applications Innovation A Bentley Thought Leadership Network for Analytics Challenges 2015 - 2019
  • Conference/Workshop Session Chair for INFORMS national annual conference 2015 2015 - 2015
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Family Medicine 2014 - 2014
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for CHANCE jorunal 2014 - 2014
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper for the 48th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences 2014 - 2014
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Communications in Statistics - Simulation and Computation 2010 - 2010
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for Economics Bulletin 2010 - 2010
  • Reviewer, Journal Article for China Economic Review 2008 - 2009