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  • Student Paper Competition

    Submissions are now being accepted for the 2024 Biopharmaceutical Student Paper Awards. These awards are presented annually during the Biopharmaceutical Section open business meeting to be held at the 2024 Joint Statistical Meetings in Portland, Oregon. Winners will present their paper in one of the contributed paper sessions at JSM and are encouraged to attend the section’s business meeting to receive their awards in person. The awards will be $2000 for 1st place, $1500 for 2nd place, and $1000 for 3rd place. Honorable mention awards ($500) may also be given at the discretion of the Student Paper committee.

    Student research papers with statistical content applicable to the biopharmaceutical arena are eligible for consideration. Submissions are judged for clarity, contribution to statistics, and biopharmaceutical applicability. Suitable topics include methodologies in preclinical and clinical trials, epidemiology studies of medical products safety, genetic studies predicting clinical intervention response, laboratory and toxicological data analyses, data science and analytics, methods for high-dimensional data from high-throughput screening, and nonlinear pharmacokinetic modeling.

    Both a complete paper and a “blinded” paper should be submitted electronically in pdf format by December 1, 2023. The submission email should contain the name, school, and contact information of the student.

    In the blinded version, the student’s name and affiliation/school should not appear and names for references should not be included in the text (numbers for references should be mentioned in text; names should appear on reference page only). References that would unblind a reviewer to the student’s name or the student’s advisor/collaborator should be removed and replaced with “reference removed.”

    The length of the student paper should not exceed 20 pages of double-spaced text with no more than five additional pages of appendices (25 pages maximum). Because of the volume of submissions received, the length limitation will be strictly enforced. Consider a manuscript style for the paper to facilitate publication in the proceedings for JSM or another appropriate journal.

    Papers must be submitted no later than one year after graduation and reflect research completed while a student. The papers should not have appeared in a journal at submission. Submissions should be labeled “Biopharmaceutical Section Student Paper Submission” and sent to  Bo Huang, Biopharmaceutical Section JSM 2024 program chair. In addition to submitting a paper for judging, winners also must submit an abstract of the work as a contributed paper for JSM. All participants will be notified prior to the abstract submission deadline as to whether they have won or not. Requirements for contributed paper submission must be followed in addition to those for the student paper submission.

  • Three MHSS members become ASA Fellows

    Three MHSS members have been selected to be Fellows of the American Statistical Association. We congratulate

    Booil Jo - Stanford University
    Robert Todd Krafty - Emory University
    Tyler Harris McCormick - University of Washington

    Please join us to celebrate at the Mental Health Statistics Section Mixer (co-hosted by the Health Policy Statistics Section).

    Date: Monday, August 7 2023
    Time:  6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location: Cactus Club Cafe 
    77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 1P9

    The mixer is open to members of both sections, friends, and other enthusiasts. There will be a short presentation honoring the student paper competition award winners and new ASA Fellows. 

  • MHSS Sponsored Events at JSM 2023

    Monday, August 7th, 2023

    8:30 AM – 10:20 AM

    Novel applications and methodologies to analyze intensive longitudinal data

    Topic-Contributed Paper Session 

    Room: CC-206B 

    12:30 PM - 1:50 PM 

    Round table:  Real-time tracking of Mental Health Prevalence - Are we there yet?

    Round table 

    Room: CC-501

    2:00 PM – 3:50 PM

    Advances in Causal Inference for Precision Health Using Wearable and Mobile Devices

    Invited Paper Session 

    Room: CC-715B 

    6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

    Mixer (Mental Health & Health Policy Sections)

    Location: Cactus Club Cafe 
    77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 1P9

    The mixer is open to members of both sections, friends, and other enthusiasts. There will be a short presentation honoring the student paper competition award winners. 

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2023

    10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

    Contributed Poster Presentations: Mental Health Statistics Section

    Contributed Posters 

    Room: CC-Hall E 

    10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

    Latent Variables and Complex Data Types in Mental Health Research

    Contributed Papers 

    Room: CC-203B

    12:30 PM - 1:50 PM 

    Round table: Data analysis methods for depression screening tool data 

    Round table 

    Room: CC-501 

    Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

    8:30 AM – 10:20 AM

    Emerging Roles of Latent Variables in Biomedical and Social Data Science

    Invited Paper Session

    Room: CC-203C,CC-203D 

    10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

    Novel Approaches for Planning and Analyzing Data from Mental Health Clinical Trials and Observational Studies

    Contributed Papers 

    Room: CC-206E 

    12:30 PM – 1:50 PM 

    Round table: Let's talk about collaborations 

    Round table 

    Room: CC-501 

    2:00 PM – 3:50 PM

    Recent developments in methods for digital Brain Health data

    Topic-Contributed Paper Session 

    Room: CC-715A

  • Sessions and Events Sponsored by the B&E Section at JSM 2023 in Totonto

    Each day of the upcoming 2023 Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto has a number of sessions sponsored and organized by the Business and Economic Statistics section. In addition, annual events like the Economic Outlook Luncheon and the Annual Members Meeting will be held.

    Below you can find flyers highlighting the sessions for each day of the meetings.

    There are also links to PDF files that have a similar format but contain links to the online conference program that has more information on the individual sessions.

    These flyers were designed by Professor Mariana Saenz-Ayala (Georgia Southern University).

    Sunday, August 6

    Business and Economic Statistics Flyer for Sunday, August 6

    PDF Flyer for Sunday, August 6


    Monday, August 7

    Business and Economic Statistics Flyer for Monday, August 7

    PDF Flyer for Monday, August 7


    Tuesday, August 8

    Business and Economic Statistics Flyer for Tuesday, August 8

    PDF Flyer for Tuesday, August 8


    Wednesday, August 9

    Business and Economic Statistics Flyer for Wednesday, August 8

    PDF Flyer for Wednesday, August 9


    Thursday, August 10

    Business and Economic Statistics Flyer for Thursday, August 10

    PDF Flyer for Thursday, August 10


    You can also explore our section's sponsored sessions in the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings by accessing our one-page summary document (PDF).

    The key for abbreviations found in the one-page document:
    IP - Invited Papers or Panel
    TCP = Topic Contributed Papers
    CP - Contributed Papers
    EOL - Economic Outlook Luncheon (separate fee event)
    CC - Toronto Metro Convention Centre
    IH - InterContinental Hotel

  • Instructor Agreements

    Instructor Agreements were sent on Tuesday, June 20. Please sign and return to me as an email attachment by June 30.

  • Webinar Recording: Transitioning between Work & School with Disabilities

    The CSD, Committee on Career Development, and JEDI sponsored a webinar on January 20, 2023 on "Transitioning between Work and School with Disabilities." The webinar brought together experts on accommodations as well as statisticians with disabilities who have experienced transitions during their career. The webinar recording is available on:

  • Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health (June 8-9, 2023)

    The annual Thomas R. Ten Have Symposium on Statistics in Mental Health will be held June 8-9, 2023 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston, MA, hosted by Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. This event continues and expands upon the Annual Symposium on Statistics in Psychiatry started in 1999 with participants from Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and Cornell University.

    The conference will consist of eight invited talks with discussion, a poster session and reception, and a group dinner. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Susan Murphy, Mallinckrodt Professor of Statistics and Computer Science at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

    Posters on statistical methodology or applied research in the area of mental health will be on display throughout the conference. We welcome submissions from participants at all career stages, including students and trainees. To present at the conference, please submit an abstract of less than 500 words to Alex De Nadai at Posters will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 1.

    Registration is now open. For more information and to register, please go to

  • Deadline for 2023 Natrella Scholarships Approaching! Please Apply Now!

    The deadline for the 2023 Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarships is approaching, but there is still time to apply!  The scholarship fund will support participation of two students at the Quality and Productivity Research Conference to be held in Houston, TX from June 5-8, 2023. Applications are due on March 17, 2023.

    Scholarship recipients each receive a $3500 grant, a $500 travel stipend, complimentary registration for the conference and the pre-conference short course, and an opportunity to present their research work at the conference. The scholarships are presented annually by the ASA Quality and Productivity Section to honor the distinguished career of Mary G. Natrella, author of the well-known NBS/NIST handbook, Experimental Statistics, along with her husband Joseph. 

    Application is open to full-time students who are currently pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in an accredited college or university, and who have a demonstrated interest in applications of statistics to quality and productivity.

    Application instructions and forms can be found on the Natrella Scholarship web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

  • 2023 Student Paper Award Competition Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Mental Health Statistics Section Student Paper Award competition:

    Richard Watson, NC State University
    On Heterogeneous Treatment Effect Estimation in Causal Graphs

    Daiqi Gao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Fusing Individualized Treatment Rules Using Auxiliary Outcomes

    Jizhou Kang, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Flexible Bayesian Modeling for Longitudinal Binary Responses

    Awards will be presented to the winner at the MHSS Mixer at JSM 2023.