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  • 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

  • 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.
  • 2023 Student Paper Award Competition

    The Mental Health Statistics Section (MHSS) of the American Statistical Association is inviting submissions to our student paper competition for the 2023 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Papers entered in this student paper competition should involve a methodological innovation or a novel application of statistical methods to a mental health issue. Up to three cash prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded to the highest rated paper(s) to cover JSM 2023 expenses. 


    Current undergraduate or graduate students at any level, as well as those who graduated in 2022 and wish to submit research they conducted as students, are eligible to participate. There is no requirement for participants to be a member of ASA or the MHSS.

    The MHSS strongly encourages submissions from diverse applicants including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women in the biomedical workforce.

    Application Materials: 

    The deadline for application is 5 PM EST on December 15, 2022.

    Applications to the Mental Health Section student paper award competition should include:

    1. A cover letter including name, current affiliation and status including actual or intended date of graduation, and contact information (address, telephone, email) of the applicant.
    2. A letter from the adviser certifying student status (or completion of degree within the past year).
    3. The paper submitted for the competition, including an abstract of up to 1200 characters.

    Applications must be submitted by email as one combined document (PDF files preferred).  You should submit the single document with the three application parts in the following order: (1) cover letter, (2) adviser letter, and (3) paper.


    To apply, please send the application materials to Chong Wu ( with “MHSS student paper award application” as the title.

    Selection Process and Expectations for Award Winners:

    The award committee will review all papers, and winners will be notified by January 15, 2023. The winner(s) will be required to present their papers at JSM 2023. The winner(s) must submit an abstract on the topic of their winning paper and register for JSM 2023 before the deadline through the official JSM abstract submission system. The award(s) will be announced at the Mental Health Statistics Section Mixer at JSM 2023, and it is hoped that winners will be in attendance to connect with the Mental Health Statistics Section members.

    Please contact Chong Wu ( for more information.