Susan A. Murphy, Ph.D.

Susan A. Murphy

Principal Investigator, The Methodology Center
President, The Bernoulli Society
Professor of Statistics and Computer Science, Harvard University
Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Harvard University
Science Center 400 Suite
One Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-2901

Research Interests & Collaborations

I am working on multiple related projects all aimed at how best to collect and use data in the development of just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs). My collaborators on these projects are Daniel Almirall, Linda Collins, and Inbal Nahum-Shani.

My current primary interest concerns clinical trial design and the development of data analytic methods for informing sequential decision making in health. In particular, my lab focuses on constructing real-time individualized sequences of treatments, known as JITAIs, delivered by mobile devices. JITAIs are composed of decision rules that specify, for a given context, whether to provide an intervention and if so which type. By using a JITAI, scientists aim to maximize intervention effects while minimizing patient burden.



Last updated: May 13, 2020


Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1989 (Statistics)
B.S., Louisiana State University, 1980 (Mathematics)