Lisa M. Sullivan, PhD
Associate Dean for Education
Boston University School of Public Health

PhD, Boston University
MA, Boston University
BA, University of New Hampshire

Lisa Sullivan is the Associate Dean for Education at the School of Public Health. She has a PhD in Statistics and is Professor of Biostatistics and former Chair of the Department of Biostatistics.  She teaches Biostatistics and Quantitative Methods for Public Health and was instrumental in developing a minor program in public health which is open to undergraduate students at Boston University. She served as Principal Investigator of the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics from 2003-2015, which was designed to promote interest in the field of biostatistics and its many exciting career opportunities. Lisa is co-author of a textbook entitled Introductory Applied Biostatistics, author of Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health (currently in its third edition) and Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards for excellence in teaching, including the Association for Schools of Public Health/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence. Lisa is a senior statistician on the Framingham Heart Study working primarily in developing and disseminating cardiovascular risk functions. She has expertise in multidisciplinary research projects including a variety of projects in cardiovascular disease, a large epidemiological study to assess the association between alcohol exposure in pregnancy and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), studies to improve methods for prenatal diagnosis and a clinical trial to improve repetitive behaviors in children affected with autism.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I am committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in all that I do. As an instructor, I aim to create a supportive and inclusive classroom environment where all students feel welcome and respected. I continue to update course materials to include diverse resources and scholarship created by people historically underrepresented or marginalized. As an administrator, I aim to advocate for structural changes to promote DEIA, treat all people with respect and dignity, acknowledge my privilege, minimize bias and negative impact of my interactions with others.

I am a member of the SPH DEIJ committee, where I support initiatives to create and sustain more inclusive policies, practices and opportunities for all members of the SPH community. I am currently chairing the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Framing the Future 2030 initiative which has the following vision: “Equitable, quality education for achieving health equity and well-being for everyone, everywhere.” I am also co-chairing an Expert Panel on Inclusive Excellence through an Anti-Racism Lens, which is part of the same effort. I regularly organize Teaching Public Health symposia and meetings, open to all, around inclusive teaching and I continue to promote inclusive excellence in education at every opportunity. Lastly, I acknowledge that I have much to learn, I appreciate feedback, and I take advantage of additional trainings whenever possible.

Boston University School of Public Health

Boston Medical Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Boston University Summer Institute in Biostatistics
03/01/2013 - 02/28/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Qiang Zhao (student): Statistical Research in Clinical Trials (Prometrika, LLC)
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
Prometrika, Inc.

Jeremiah Perez (student): Clinical Trials Research Project (HCRI)
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
Harvard Clinical Research Institute

Elizabeth Kane (student): Novel Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Aging
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2015 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. Ellison Foundation

Billing Agreement: Off-campus funding for Ellen Gurary
09/01/2013 - 04/30/2015 (PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.

Clinical Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Education and Training Program
07/01/2013 - 04/30/2015 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. NIH NIAMS

Soudeh Ansari Chaharsoughi (student): Statistical Research in Clinical Trials (Prometrika, LLC)
09/01/2014 - 04/26/2015 (PI)
Prometrika, Inc.

Yicheng Ma (student): Statistical Research in Clinical Trials
09/01/2014 - 04/26/2015 (PI)
Prometrika, Inc.

Yicheng Ma (Graduate Student): Statistical Research in Clinical Trials
09/02/2013 - 09/01/2014 (PI)
Prometrika, Inc.

Elizabeth Kane (student): Statistical Research in Clinical Trials
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. Ellison Foundation

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2015 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostatistics 5T15HL097791-06
2014 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostatistics 5T15HL097791-05
2013 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostatistics 2T15HL097791-04
2011 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostastics 5T15HL097791-03
2010 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostastics 5T15HL097791-02
2009 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostastics 1T15HL097791-01
2009 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostatistics 5T15HL075881-07
2008 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostatistics 5T15HL075881-06
2007 Boston University Summer Institute in Biostatistics 2T15HL075881-05
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  1. Sullivan LM, Velez AA, Longe N, Larese AM, Galea S. Removing the Graduate Record Examination as an Admissions Requirement Does Not Impact Student Success. Public Health Rev. 2022; 43:1605023.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36226032; PMCID: PMC9548539; DOI: 10.3389/phrs.2022.1605023;
  2. Choudhury N, Tiwari A, Wu WJ, Bhandari V, Bhatta L, Bogati B, Citrin D, Halliday S, Khadka S, Marasini N, Pandey S, Ballard M, Rayamazi HJ, Sapkota S, Schwarz R, Sullivan L, Maru D, Thapa A, Maru S. Comparing two data collection methods to track vital events in maternal and child health via community health workers in rural Nepal. Popul Health Metr. 2022 Jul 27; 20(1):16. PMID: 35897038; PMCID: PMC9327361; DOI: 10.1186/s12963-022-00293-4;
  3. Sullivan, LM, Velez, AA, Longe, N, Larese AM, Galea, S. The impact of removing the GRE as an admissions requirement on student diversity and success. Public Health Reviews. 2022; 43. View Publication
  4. Odendaal H, Dukes KA, Elliott AJ, Willinger M, Sullivan LM, Tripp T, Groenewald C, Myers MM, Fifer WP, Angal J, Boyd TK, Burd L, Cotton JB, Folkerth RD, Hankins G, Haynes RL, Hoffman HJ, Jacobs PK, Petersen J, Pini N, Randall BB, Roberts DJ, Robinson F, Sens MA, Van Eerden P, Wright C, Holm IA, Kinney HC. Association of Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Drinking and Smoking With the Risk of Stillbirth. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 08 02; 4(8):e2121726.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34424306; PMCID: PMC8383134; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.21726;
  5. Childs E, Remein CD, Bhasin RM, Harris AC, Day A, Sullivan LM, Coleman DL, Benjamin EJ. How to Launch and Continually Enhance an Effective Medical Campus Faculty Development Program: Steps for Implementation and Lessons Learned. J Healthc Leadersh. 2021; 13:147-156.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34262383; PMCID: PMC8275133; DOI: 10.2147/JHL.S308608;
  6. Sullivan LM, Galea S. Valuing teaching in academic public health-time for a culture shift. Lancet Public Health. 2021 07; 6(7):e443-e444.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34174996
  7. London B, Ahmad F, Eitzman DT, Gupta AK, Jneid H, Peterson P, Remme CA, Rice K, Schelbert EB, Simon MA, Sullivan LM, Weinberg JM. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in Medicine and Cardiology: Next Steps for JAHA. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 10 20; 9(20):e019307.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32941090; PMCID: PMC7763382; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.120.019307;
  8. Simon MA, Ahmad F, Eitzman DT, Gupta AK, Jneid H, Peterson P, Remme CA, Rice K, Schelbert EB, Sullivan LM, Weinberg JM. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness in Cardiovascular Medicine and Health Care. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 10 20; 9(20):e019137.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32941102; PMCID: PMC7763380; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.120.019137;
  9. Sullivan LM, Velez AA, Galea S. Graduate public health education in the post-COVID-19 era. Lancet Public Health. 2020 09; 5(9):e473.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32888441; PMCID: PMC7462636; DOI: 10.1016/S2468-2667(20)30181-X;
  10. Lisa M Sullivan. Biostatistics for Population Health. Jones & Bartlett. Burlington. 2020.
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Bar chart showing 260 publications over 33 distinct years, with a maximum of 20 publications in 2004


2021 American Statistical Association: Fellow
2020 American Statistical Association: Mu Sigma Rho William D. Warde Statistics Education Award
2013 Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association: Mosteller Statistician of the Year
2013 Massachusetts ACE National Network of Women Leaders : Leadership Award
2011 American Statistical Association, Section on Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences: Outstanding Teaching Award
2008 Association of Schools of Public Health: ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence
2007 Circulation: Best Paper Award in the Population Sciences
2000-2001 Boston University: Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching
1999-2000 Boston University School of Public Health: Normal A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
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