Susan 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 AlmirallLinda 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. 

Recent Honors & Awards

2018: President Elect of Institute of Mathematical Statistics
2018: Received Luminary Award from Precision Medicine World Conference
2018: Awarded R.A. Fisher Award and Lectureship from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies
2017-2019: President of Bernoulli Society
2016: Elected a Member of the National Academy of Science
2016: Mentored student group who won second prize in NIDA addiction research app contest
2014: Elected a Member of the National Academy of Medicine
2014: Elected a Fellow of the College of Problems of Drug Dependence
2013: MacArthur Fellowship


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

Select Recent Grants

Improving Mental Health Outcomes: Building an Adaptive Implementation Strategy
National Institute of Mental Health, R01 MH099898
2014-2018; Role: Co-I (PI: A. Kilbourne)

University of Memphis Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing in the Biomedical Sciences
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
2014-2018; Role: Project Leader of Michigan Center (PI: S. Kumar) 

Data-Based Methods for Just-In-Time Adaptive Interventions in Alcohol Use
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism R01 AA023187
2015-2020; Role: PI

Novel Longitudinal Methods for SMART studies of Drug Abuse and HIV
National Institute on Drug Abuse R01
2015-2020; Role: Co-Investigator

Innovative Methods for Constructing Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions
Component of Center for Big Data to Knowledge in Drug Abuse and HIV Behavioral Science
National Institute on Drug Abuse P50 Component
2015-2020; Role: Project Director; Subaward PI (Overall PI: Collins)