Susan Murphy

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Susan A. Murphy
Born (1958-04-16) April 16, 1958 (age 58)
Nationality American
Alma mater B.S., Louisiana State University, 1980 (Mathematics), Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1989 (Statistics)
Occupation Statistician
Employer University of Michigan
Organization The Methodology Center, Penn State
Known for Applying statistical methods to clinical trials of treatments for chronic and relapsing medical conditions

Susan Allbritton Murphy (born April 16, 1958) is an American statistician. She is the H.E. Robbins Professor of Statistics & Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Michigan.[1] She won a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship.[2] In 2015 she gave the Bradley Lecture at the University of Georgia. In 2016, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.[3]

She is known for her work applying statistical methods to clinical trials of treatments for chronic and relapsing medical conditions.

Biography and career[edit]

She grew up in rural Louisiana, and is "a serious hockey player."[4] She graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. and from the University of North Carolina with a Ph.D.[2]

She is principal investigator at The Methodology Center, at Penn State.[5]

She is developing "new methodologies to evaluate courses of treatment for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders ... Murphy’s Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) is a means for learning how best to dynamically adapt treatment to each individual’s response over time. Using SMART, clinicians assess and modify patients’ treatments during the trial, an approach with potential applications in the treatment of a range of chronic diseases—such as ADHD, alcoholism, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular disease—that involve therapies that are regularly reconsidered and replaced as the disease progresses.[2]

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