Francesca Dominici

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Francesca Dominici is a Harvard Professor who develops methodology in causal inference and data science and led research projects that combine big data with health policy and climate change. She is a professor of biostatistics, co-director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, and a former senior associate dean for research in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.[1][2][3][4]

Education and career[edit]

Dominici earned a bachelor's degree in statistics from Sapienza University of Rome in 1993, and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Padua in 1997. She was a professor of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 1997 to 2009, with a joint appointment in epidemiology. On moving to Harvard in 2009, she was also given an honorary Master of Public Health degree from Harvard,[3] following the tradition that Harvard faculty must have Harvard degrees.[5]


Dominici has been active on many study committees on public health, organized by the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and others.[1][3] As well, she has taken an active role in the status of university women. Her work on the Johns Hopkins University Committee on the Status of Women earned her the campus Diversity Recognition Award in 2009; at the Chan School of Public Health, she has led the Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty since 2012.[2][3][4]


Dominici became a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2005.[3] She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics,[6] and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2018.[7]

In 2006, she won the Mortimer Spiegelman Award of the American Public Health Association.[8] She is the 2015 winner of the Florence Nightingale David Award of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies,[9] and the 2016 winner of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement in Statistical Sciences, which honors a woman statistician for achievement.[4] In 2020, she won the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) Jerome Sacks Award for Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Research.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Harvard launches data science initiative: Francesca Dominici and David Parkes named co-directors", Harvard Gazette, March 28, 2017
  2. ^ a b "Francesca Dominici", Faculty and Researcher Directory, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, retrieved 2017-10-23
  3. ^ a b c d e Curriculum vitae from Norwood Award (PDF), retrieved 2017-10-23
  4. ^ a b c Dr. Francesca Dominici receives Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement in Statistical Sciences, University of Alabama, retrieved 2017-10-23
  5. ^ Pandos, Nicholas P.; Pisner, Noah B. (April 11, 2013), "Joining the Ranks", The Crimson, Those who do not already have Harvard degrees are awarded honorary ones
  6. ^ Honored IMS Fellows, retrieved 2020-07-01
  7. ^ Francesca Dominici, Xihong Lin elected to National Academy of Medicine, retrieved 2018-10-29
  8. ^ Dominici Named Mortimer Spiegelman Award Recipient, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, July 7, 2006, retrieved 2017-10-23
  9. ^ "COPSS Announces Award Recipients", Amstat News, December 1, 2015
  10. ^ "Sacks Award Winners to Speak During JSM Invited Session | Amstat News". 2022-02-01. Retrieved 2022-03-06.