Eleanor J. Murray, ScD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am currently an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. My research is on causal inference methodology for improving evidence-based decision-making by patients, clinicians, and policy makers. I use novel statistical methods to answer comparative effectiveness questions for complex and time-varying treatments using observational data and randomized trials when available, and individual-level simulation modeling when insufficient data exist in the time frame required for decision-making. I am currently applying these methods to a variety of medical conditions including HIV progression, cancer, psychiatric conditions, and cardiovascular disease. I was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, working on causal inference for comparative effectiveness and real-world evidence in the HSPH Program on Causal Inference. I have an ScD in Epidemiology and MSc in Biostatistics from Harvard, an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and a BSc in Biology from McGill University.

2016 Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2009 Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University: Anna C Gelman Award for Excellence in Epidemiology

HPV vaccination efficacy for cervical cancer prevention in young women with perinatal HIV infection
05/01/2019 - 04/30/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development


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  1. Murray EJ, Farland LV, Caniglia EC, Dorans KS, DuPre NC, Hughes KC, Kim IY, Pernar CH, Tanz LJ, Zack RM. IS THIS A PORTRAIT OF JOHN GRAUNT? AN ART HISTORY MYSTERY. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Oct 01; 189(10):1204-1207. PMID: 31576411
  2. Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Weuve J, Murray EJ, Wang TR, Mikkelsen EM, Toft Sørensen H, Rothman KJ. Changes in Behavior with Increasing Pregnancy Attempt Time: A Prospective Cohort Study. Epidemiology. 2020 Sep; 31(5):659-667.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32487855
  3. Fox MP, D'Agostino McGowan L, James BD, Lessler J, Mehta SH, Murray EJ. Concerns About the Special Article on Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in High Risk Outpatients with COVID-19 by Dr. Harvey Risch. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Aug 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32860038
  4. Conroy S, Murray EJ. Let the question determine the methods: descriptive epidemiology done right. Br J Cancer. 2020 Aug 20. PMID: 32814836
  5. Murray EJ. Demystifying the Placebo Effect. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Jul 28. PMID: 32719871
  6. Breskin A, Murray EJ. Compositional data call for complex interventions. Int J Epidemiol. 2020 Jun 12. PMID: 32529230
  7. Harlow BL, Murray EJ, Rothman KJ. Genital Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer. JAMA. 2020 05 26; 323(20):2096.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32453359
  8. Wanis KN, Madenci AL, Hernán MA, Murray EJ. Adjusting for adherence in randomized trials when adherence is measured as a continuous variable: An application to the Lipid Research Clinics Coronary Primary Prevention Trial. Clin Trials. 2020 Oct; 17(5):570-575. PMID: 32414298
  9. Murray EJ, Claggett BL, Granger B, Solomon SD, Hernán MA. Adherence-adjustment in placebo-controlled randomized trials: An application to the candesartan in heart failure randomized trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 03; 90:105937. PMID: 31982649
  10. Murray EJ, Robins JM, Seage GR, Freedberg KA, Hernán MA. The Challenges of Parameterizing Direct Effects in Individual-Level Simulation Models. Med Decis Making. 2020 01; 40(1):106-111.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31975656
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Vice-Presidential Debate: Live Updates as Harris and Pence Prepare to Clash

The New York Times 10/7/2020

Hugs, handshakes, and few masks: A Rose Garden Supreme Court announcement packed with Covid-19 red flags

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200,000 Americans are now confirmed dead from Covid-19

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CDC director seeks to clarify mask comments after Trump rebuke

The Hill 9/16/2020

CDC director seeks to clarify mask comments after Trump rebuke

The Hill 9/16/2020

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Forbes 8/28/2020

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Medium Elemental 8/28/2020

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Reddit AMA 8/27/2020

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The Boston Globe 8/27/2020

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The Boston Globe 8/27/2020

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Vox 8/19/2020

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Medium Elemental 8/19/2020

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SELF Magazine 8/18/2020

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SELF Magazine 8/18/2020

Anti-maskers explain themselves

Vox 8/7/2020

CDC Forecasts Up to 11,000 Deaths Weekly in August

WebMD 8/4/2020

Life Is Now a Game of Risk. Here’s How Your Brain Is Processing It.

Medium Elemental 8/4/2020


Daily COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 1,000 for First Time Since May

New York Magazine 7/22/2020

The Pandemic Isn’t Over. We Need to Act Accordingly

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Amid rising coronavirus deaths, Trump paints a rosy picture of America’s present and future

The Washington Post 7/22/2020

Power Up: Trump breaks with health officials as pandemic worsens in key states

The Washington Post 7/13/2020

Coronavirus deaths are rising in hotspots

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Newsweek 7/6/2020

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Miami Herald 7/6/2020

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Sweden’s Coronavirus Failure Started Long Before the Pandemic

Foreign Policy 6/23/2020

The new Covid-19 spikes are “totally predictable”

Vox 6/12/2020

Dealing With Coronavirus Anxiety After a Protest

Medium Invisible Illness 6/7/2020

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Vox 6/6/2020

How to Protest Safely And Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus

Esquire 6/2/2020

How Protesters Can Minimize Their Risk of Catching and Spreading the Coronavirus

Slate 6/1/2020

Mass protests could undo hard-won progress in pandemic

Politico 6/1/2020

Lessons from the lockdown – and what comes next

Axios 6/1/2020

A Guide to Protesting During a Pandemic

Medium Coronavirus Blog 6/1/2020

How to more safely protest in a pandemic

Vox 5/31/2020

Without Extra Help, Boston Gyms Face Grim Futures Long Before Phase Three

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Older and immunocompromised people don’t deserve to be second-class citizens

Vox 5/28/2020

How an Immunology Blog Became a Covid-19 Guide to Going Out

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Vox 5/9/2020

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The Boston Globe 5/4/2020

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USA Today 4/24/2020

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Fury Over 'Disgusting' Scientific Paper That Judged Women Battling Endometriosis On Their LOOKS

Daily Mail 8/15/2019
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