Eleanor J. Murray, ScD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
(617) 358-3986ejmurray@bu.edu


I am currently an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. My research is on causal inference methodology for improving evidence-based decision-making by patients, clinicians, and policy makers. I use novel statistical methods to answer comparative effectiveness questions for complex and time-varying treatments using observational data and randomized trials when available, and individual-level simulation modeling when insufficient data exist in the time frame required for decision-making. I am currently applying these methods to a variety of medical conditions including HIV progression, cancer, psychiatric conditions, and cardiovascular disease. I was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, working on causal inference for comparative effectiveness and real-world evidence in the HSPH Program on Causal Inference. I have an ScD in Epidemiology and MSc in Biostatistics from Harvard, an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and a BSc in Biology from McGill University.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, MPH
  • McGill University, BSc
  • Harvard School of Public Health, SM/ScM


  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Weuve J, Murray EJ, Wang TR, Mikkelsen EM, Toft Sørensen H, Rothman KJ. Changes in Behavior with Increasing Pregnancy Attempt Time: A Prospective Cohort Study. Epidemiology. 2020 Sep; 31(5):659-667. PMID: 32487855.

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  • Published on 8/29/2020

    Fox MP, D'Agostino McGowan L, James BD, Lessler J, Mehta SH, Murray EJ. Concerns About the Special Article on Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in High Risk Outpatients with COVID-19 by Dr. Harvey Risch. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Aug 29. PMID: 32860038.

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  • Published on 8/20/2020

    Conroy S, Murray EJ. Let the question determine the methods: descriptive epidemiology done right. Br J Cancer. 2020 Aug 20. PMID: 32814836.

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  • Published on 7/28/2020

    Murray EJ. Demystifying the Placebo Effect. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Jul 28. PMID: 32719871.

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  • Published on 6/12/2020

    Breskin A, Murray EJ. Compositional data call for complex interventions. Int J Epidemiol. 2020 Jun 12. PMID: 32529230.

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  • Published on 5/26/2020

    Harlow BL, Murray EJ, Rothman KJ. Genital Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer. JAMA. 2020 05 26; 323(20):2096. PMID: 32453359.

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  • Published on 5/15/2020

    Wanis KN, Madenci AL, Hernán MA, Murray EJ. Adjusting for adherence in randomized trials when adherence is measured as a continuous variable: An application to the Lipid Research Clinics Coronary Primary Prevention Trial. Clin Trials. 2020 May 15; 1740774520920893. PMID: 32414298.

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  • Published on 1/23/2020

    Murray EJ, Claggett BL, Granger B, Solomon SD, Hernán MA. Adherence-adjustment in placebo-controlled randomized trials: An application to the candesartan in heart failure randomized trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 03; 90:105937. PMID: 31982649.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Murray EJ, Robins JM, Seage GR, Freedberg KA, Hernán MA. The Challenges of Parameterizing Direct Effects in Individual-Level Simulation Models. Med Decis Making. 2020 01; 40(1):106-111. PMID: 31975656.

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  • Published on 10/2/2019

    Murray EJ, Farland LV, Caniglia EC, Dorans KS, DuPre NC, Hughes KC, Kim IY, Pernar CH, Tanz LJ, Zack RM. Is this a Portrait of John Graunt? An Art History Mystery. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Oct 02. PMID: 31576411.

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