Susan A. Murphy

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Susan Murphy

H.E. Robbins Distinguished University Professor of Statistics
Research Professor, Institute for Social Research
Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School

445D West Hall
Department of Statistics
University of Michigan
1085 South University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107

Office Location(s): 445D West Hall
Phone: 734.647.3684
Fax: 734.763.4676
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  • About

    My current primary interest is in developing data analysis methods and experimental designs aimed at improving real time multi-stage decision making in mobile health. I am particularly interested in methods and algorithms that can be employed on wearable devices, such as smartphones, to deliver individually tailored treatments. This is an area within the domain of dynamic treatment regimes; a dynamic treatment regime is a sequence of decision rules that specify when to alter the therapy and specify which intensity or type of subsequent therapy should be offered. The decision rules employ variables such as patient response, risk, burden, adherence, and preference, collected during prior therapy.

    This work is or has been funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse and by National Institute of Mental Health. I work with researchers at The Methodology Center on these topics.

    For a listing of research papers, see personal website.


    H.E. Robbins Professor of Statistics, University of Michigan

    Research Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

    Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School, University of Michigan

    • Ph.D. Statistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989)
    • M.S. Statistics, Tulane University (1983)
    • B.S. Mathematics, Louisiana State University (1980)
    Fields of Study
    • Statistics
    • Reinforcement Learning
    • Behavioral Science
    Professional Societies

    Member of the International Statistical Institute
    Fellow of the American Statistical Association
    Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
    Member of the Bernoulli Society
    Member of the International Biometrics Society
    Member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence
    Member of the Society for Prevention Research

    Professional Services

    2012 Member, Organizing Committee for Workshop on Future Research Directions in Statistics
    2012- SAMSI National Advisory Committee Co-Chair
    2011-12 Chair, Committee to Select Editors, AOS
    2011- Member, Joint IMS/BS Publications Management Committee
    2009-2010 Member of the NAS Oversight Committee on the Handling of Missing Data in Clinical Trials
    2009-2011 Member of the NIMH Interventions Committee for Adult Disorders
    2007-2009 Co-Editor of The Annals of Statistics (with B. Silverman)
    2007 Co-Editor of a supplemental volume of Drug and Alcohol Dependence on Adaptive Treatment Strategies (with L. Collins and A.J. Rush).


    2013: MacArthur Fellow (period 2014-2018)

    2007-8: Invited Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
    2005: Presented the Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lecture, Sociology and Statistics Departments, Pennsylvania State University
    2002-2007: National Institute on Drug Abuse K02 Mid-Career
    1999: NSF Mid-Career Methodological Opportunities Fellowship