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About Laura B. Balzer

Dr. Laura B. Balzer is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her expertise is in causal inference, machine learning, and messy real-world data. Dr. Balzer’s work addresses challenges in the design and analysis of both randomized trials and observational studies, including novel approaches for semi-parametric inference, differential measurement, and complex dependence. Dr. Balzer’s work has largely been motivated by ongoing collaborations in Uganda and Kenya. She is the Primary Statistician for several studies aiming to eliminate HIV and improve community health in rural East Africa (e.g., searchendaids.com). Overall, Dr. Balzer’s work is informed by cross-disciplinary, real-world problems and aims to ensure methodological advances in academia translate into real-world impact.

Positions

July 2017 - Present Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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2015 - 2017 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biostatistics, Harvard University
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2010 - 2015 PhD in Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley
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Curriculum Vitae



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Honors and Awards

  • Chin Long Chiang Biostatistics Student of the Year
  • Causality in Statistics Education Award
  • Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship
  • Berkeley Fellow (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Director's Award (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Summa Cum Laude (University of Vermont)
  • Honors College Scholar (University of Vermont)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Award


Contact Information

Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology
School of Public Health & Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
416 Arnold House, 715 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01003-9304

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Methodological Articles; Please see Google Scholar for a full list (13)

Technical Reports (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

Presentations (7)

Software - For updates, please see GITHUB: https://github.com/LauraBalzer (5)