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Elizabeth A. Stuart, PhD

Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Mental Health
Health Policy and Management (Joint)
Biostatistics (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

624 N Broadway, Room 804
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


Personal website :

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PhD , Harvard University , 2004


Trained as a statistician, my primary research interests are in the development and use of methodology to better design and analyze the effects of public health and educational interventions, either through the use of randomized experiments or well-designed non-experimental studies. In this way I hope to bridge statistical advances and research practice, working with mental health and educational researchers to identify and solve methodological challenges, particularly in the area of prevention research.

My particular methodological interests are in the areas of matching methods for observational studies (such as propensity scores) and missing data methods.  I have been involved in large-scale randomized experiments such as the national evaluation of Upward Bound, and have also worked on a variety of non-experimental studies, including the evaluation of school-wide prevention programs and an evaluation of the effects of implementing value-added assessment techniques in Pennsylvania schools.

My recent work, funded through a K25 award from the National Institute of Mental Health, has focused on developing methods to assess when and how results from randomized trials can be generalized to target populations.  These ideas bridge internal and external validity, attempting to take advantage of the relative strengths of experimental and non-experimental studies.

Honors and Awards

JHSPH Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)

JHSPH AMTRA Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (2010)

Warren Miller Prize for best paper published in Volume 15 of Political Analysis, (Paper also selected as a “Fast Breaking Paper” by Thomson Reuters (2008)

JHSPH Edward R. Brewster Research Fund (Faculty Innovations Fund) Awardee (2007-2008)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (1999-2002)

Student paper award, American Statistical Association (2001)

Gertrude Cox award, American Statistical Association (2000)

William Cochran award in Statistics, Harvard University (1999)

Pokora Prize for Mathematics, Smith College (1997)

Phi Beta Kappa, Smith College (1997)

Magna cum laude, Smith College (1997)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (1995-1997)

Robert C. Byrd Scholar (1993-1997)

Bayesian modeling, biostatistics, causal inference, multi-level modeling, observational study, non-experimental study, prevention research, propensity scores

  • Werner, R., Kruse, G., Polsky, D., and Stuart, E.A.  (in press).  The Impact of Hospital Pay-for-Performance on Hospital and Medicare Costs.  Forthcoming in Health Services Research. 

    Olsen, R., Bell, S., Orr, L., and Stuart, E.A. (in press).  External Validity in Policy Evaluations that Choose Sites Purposively.  Forthcoming in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.  NIHMS 382967.

  • Kuramoto, S.J., Runeson, B., Lichtenstein, P., Stuart, E.A., and Wilcox, H. (in press).  Time to hospitalization for suicide attempt by the timing of parental suicide during offspring early development.  Forthcoming in Archives of General Psychiatry. 

  • Landa, R., Gross, A., and Stuart, E.A. (in press).  Latent class analysis of early developmental trajectory in baby sibs of children with Autism.  Forthcoming in Journal of Child Psychiatry & Psychology.  PMC Journal – In Progress.

  • Landa R., Gross, A., Stuart, E.A., and Faherty, A. (in press). Developmental trajectories in children with and without autism spectrum disorders: The first three years.  Forthcoming in  Child Development.  PMC Journal – In Progress.