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Susan Murphy, 2013 MacArthur Fellow

Susan Murphy 2013 MacArthur Fellow


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August 27, 2014

Kari and AngieEach year, we hold regular meetings of special interest groups open to all researchers and graduate students working with and developing cutting edge research methods. The groups provide a forum for individuals to discuss their own research and to learn from others. Topics include analyzing complex data, mixture modeling, optimizing behavioral interventions, and causal analysis. 

 

The schedule for this fall and contact information is now available. For specific dates, please see The Methodology Center’s calendar.

   

August 26, 2014

Danny AlmirallWe are pleased to announce this semester’s Taste of Methodology workshop on the sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial (SMART) for constructing adaptive interventions. The December 16 workshop will be presented by Methodology Center Investigator Daniel Almirall, research assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

 

Interventions that adapt at the right times can improve participant outcomes while decreasing the cost and burden of the intervention. SMART designs provide the data needed to construct high-quality adaptive interventions.

 

Taste of Methodology is a series of brief workshops for Penn State faculty that offers an overview of innovative methods along with lunch. This semester’s workshop will present the concepts and applications of SMART in order to give faculty an efficient way to assess SMART’s potential for their research. 

 

August 19, 2014

Susan Murphy: photo credit to MacArthur FoundationWe are pleased to announce that the University of Michigan has named Susan A. Murphy distinguished university professor for her research, leadership, and service. Susan is a Methodology Center principal investigator, Herbert E. Robbins Distinguished University Professor of statistics, research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and professor of psychiatry.

 

Susan's research focuses on development of innovative research approaches to improve the personalization of treatment. She developed the sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial (SMART), which led to her being named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellow in 2013. SMART is an experimental design tool that allows scientists to build empirically based interventions that adapt according to patient characteristics and response to treatment. While development of SMART continues, Susan is also investigating the construction of just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs), which use real-time data from mobile technologies to deliver personalized behavioral interventions exactly when interventions are needed.

 

August 1, 2014
Aleksandra Slavkovic
Every year, The Methodology Center offers three, one-credit courses in research methodology for Penn State graduate students. We have a late addition to this year’s schedule. Aleksandra Slavkovic, associate professor of statistics, will teach STAT 597B, “Data Privacy Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences.” This course will provide an overview of the data privacy problem and statistical and computational techniques needed to understand the risks and benefits inherit in data sharing. 
 
Register for STAT 597B on the Registrar’s website
  


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