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About Laura B. Balzer

Dr. Balzer 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 School of Public Health. Her areas of expertise include Causal inference and Machine Learning. These disciplines are integral to developing, evaluating, and implementing data-driven solutions in Public Health and Medicine.
Dr. Balzer is the Primary Statistician for three cluster randomized trials in East Africa: the SEARCH study to prevent HIV and improve community health, the SATURN study to improve care outcomes among HIV+ youth, and the SPIRIT study to prevent TB. Her work is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has been recognized with the ASA’s Causality in Statistics Education Award and the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship.


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


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

Technical Reports (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

Presentations (7)

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