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About Laura B. Balzer

Dr. Laura Balzer is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She earned her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley and completed her post-doctoral studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Laura is a methodologist with substantive interests in global health, community-based participatory research, and social determinants of health. Her particular areas of expertise are Causal Inference and Machine Learning. Laura is also passionate about teaching introductory and advanced causal and statistical methods. Jointly with Dr. Maya Petersen, she was awarded the 2014 ASA’s Causality in Statistics Education Award.

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July 2017 Present Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
20152017 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biostatistics, Harvard University
20102015 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


Articles (11)

Unpublished Papers (3)

Contributions to Books (1)

Software (5)

Presentations (6)