Welcome to the Mental Health Statistics Section!

The Mental Health Statistics Section aims to provide a forum for communication among statisticians and mental health researchers, facilitate development and use of sound statistical methodologies in mental health research, and promote career opportunities for statisticians in mental health research


  • MHSS Student Paper Award Competition Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Mental Health Statistics Section Student Paper Award competition:

     Lin Ge, NC State University, Exploratory hidden Markov factor models for longitudinal mobile health data: Application to adverse posttraumatic neuropsychiatric sequelae

    Bo Wei, University of Michigan, Tensor response quantile regression with neuroimaging data

     Zijian Zeng, Rice University, Bayesian image-on-scalar regression with a spatial global-local spike-and-slab prior


    Awards will be presented to the winner at the MHSS Mixer at JSM 2022.

  • MHSS 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 2022 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 $1000 each will be awarded to the highest rated paper(s) to cover JSM 2022 expenses. 


    Current undergraduate or graduate students at any level, as well as those who graduated in 2021 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 December 15, 2021.

     Applications to the MHSS 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, e-mail) 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).  Applicants should submit the single document with the three application parts in the following order: (1) cover letter (2) adviser letter and then (3) paper.  All applications should be emailed to Adam Ciarleglio at aciarleglio@email.gwu.edu.


    Selection Process and Expectations for Award Winners:

    The award committee will review all papers.  The winner(s) will be notified by January 15, 2022.  The winner(s) will be required to be present their papers at JSM 2022.  The winner(s) must submit an abstract on the topic of their winning paper and register for JSM 2022 through the official JSM abstract submission system before the deadline.  The award(s) will be announced at the Mental Health Section Mixer at JSM 2022 and it is hoped that winners will be in attendance.

    For section members who are teachers or mentors, please bring this competition to the attention of your students and encourage them to apply. 

    Section members and friends are welcome to contribute funds towards future student awards. 

    Please contact Adam Ciarleglio (aciarleglio@email.gwu.edu) for more information.

MHSS Webinars

The MHSS is pleased to continually offer a number of webinars.

2022 Webinars

Date and Time: Sept. 29th at 12:00-2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Bates (UC Berkeley)
Title: Learn then Test: Calibrating Predictive Algorithms to Achieve Risk Control

Registration Link: Click here to register

Date and Time: May 24th at 12:00-2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Bengt Muthen (UC Los Angeles)
Title: Recent Advances in Modeling Short and Long Longitudinal Data

Registration Link: https://www.amstat.org/education/web-based-lectures

Date and Time: March 15th at 12:00-2:00 PM EST
Speaker: Dr. Bin Yu (UC Berkeley)
Title: Interpreting Deep Neural Networks towards Trustworthiness

Registration to the event can be completed at https://www.amstat.org/education/web-based-lectures.

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