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About Laura B. Balzer

Laura B. Balzer, PhD MPhil, is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She earned her PhD from the University of California-Berkeley and completed her post-doctoral studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Balzer's areas of expertise include Causal Inference and Machine Learning. She is the lead statistician for two ongoing cluster randomized trials: the SEARCH study for HIV prevention and treatment in East Africa and the SPIRIT study for TB prevention in Uganda. Dr. Balzer is passionate about teaching introductory and advanced causal inference and statistical methods. She was awarded the ASA’s Causality in Statistics Education Award as well as the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship.

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

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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Unpublished Papers (4)

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Presentations (7)