Lisa M. Sullivan, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Lisa Sullivan
Talbot – 122W
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Lisa Sullivan is the Associate Dean for Education at the School of Public Health. She has a PhD in Statistics and is Professor of Biostatistics and former Chair of the Department of Biostatistics.  She teaches Biostatistics for MPH students and was instrumental in developing a minor program in public health which is open to undergraduate students at Boston University. She is Principal Investigator of the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics which is designed to promote interest in the field of biostatistics and its many exciting career opportunities. Lisa is co-author of a textbook entitled Introductory Applied Biostatistics, author of Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health (currently in its second edition) and Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards for excellence in teaching. Lisa is a senior statistician on the Framingham Heart Study working primarily in developing and disseminating cardiovascular risk functions. She is active in multidisciplinary research projects including a variety of projects in cardiovascular disease, a large epidemiological study to assess the association between alcohol exposure in pregnancy and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), studies to improve methods for prenatal diagnosis and a clinical trial to improve repetitive behaviors in children affected with autism.

Other Positions

  • Associate Dean for Education, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Associate Professor, Clinical Epi Research & Training, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Boston Medical Center


  • University of New Hampshire, BA
  • Boston University, MA
  • Boston University, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH717


  • Published on 2/3/2017

    Dufouil C, Beiser A, McLure LA, Wolf PA, Tzourio C, Howard VJ, Westwood AJ, Himali JJ, Sullivan L, Aparicio HJ, Kelly-Hayes M, Ritchie K, Kase CS, Pikula A, Romero JR, D'Agostino RB, Samieri C, Vasan RS, Chêne G, Howard G, Seshadri S. Revised Framingham Stroke Risk Profile to Reflect Temporal Trends. Circulation. 2017 Mar 21; 135(12):1145-1159. PMID: 28159800.

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  • Published on 9/29/2016

    Sullivan LM, Weinberg J, Keaney JF. Common Statistical Pitfalls in Basic Science Research. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Sep 29; 5(10). PMID: 27688237.

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  • Published on 7/6/2016

    Haring R, Enserro D, Xanthakis V, Mitchell GF, Benjamin EJ, Hamburg NM, Sullivan L, Nauck M, Wallaschofski H, Vasan RS. Plasma Fibroblast Growth Factor 23: Clinical Correlates and Association With Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in the Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Jul 06; 5(7). PMID: 27385427.

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  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Magnani JW, Wang N, Benjamin EJ, Garcia ME, Bauer DC, Butler J, Ellinor PT, Kritchevsky S, Marcus GM, Newman A, Phillips CL, Sasai H, Satterfield S, Sullivan LM, Harris TB. Atrial Fibrillation and Declining Physical Performance in Older Adults: The Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2016 May; 9(5):e003525. PMID: 27052031.

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  • Published on 2/18/2016

    Andersson C, Enserro D, Sullivan L, Wang TJ, Januzzi JL, Benjamin EJ, Vita JA, Hamburg NM, Larson MG, Mitchell GF, Vasan RS. Relations of circulating GDF-15, soluble ST2, and troponin-I concentrations with vascular function in the community: The Framingham Heart Study. Atherosclerosis. 2016 May; 248:245-51. PMID: 26972631.

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  • Published on 11/30/2015

    Zachariah JP, Hwang S, Hamburg NM, Benjamin EJ, Larson MG, Levy D, Vita JA, Sullivan LM, Mitchell GF, Vasan RS. Circulating Adipokines and Vascular Function: Cross-Sectional Associations in a Community-Based Cohort. Hypertension. 2016 Feb; 67(2):294-300. PMID: 26628673.

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  • Published on 11/20/2015

    Lieb W, Enserro DM, Sullivan LM, Vasan RS. Residual Cardiovascular Risk in Individuals on Blood Pressure-Lowering Treatment. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Nov; 4(11). PMID: 26588944.

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  • Published on 7/28/2015

    Rahman F, Wang N, Yin X, Ellinor PT, Lubitz SA, LeLorier PA, McManus DD, Sullivan LM, Seshadri S, Vasan RS, Benjamin EJ, Magnani JW. Atrial flutter: Clinical risk factors and adverse outcomes in the Framingham Heart Study. Heart Rhythm. 2016 Jan; 13(1):233-40. PMID: 26226213.

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  • Published on 3/18/2015

    Murphy AJ, Pierce J, Seeley EH, Sullivan LM, Ruchelli ED, Nance ML, Caprioli RM, Lovvorn HN. Peptide spectra in Wilms tumor that associate with adverse outcomes. J Surg Res. 2015 Jun 15; 196(2):332-8. PMID: 25868780.

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  • Published on 12/19/2014

    Blom B, Dukes KA, Lundgren L, Sullivan LM. Register data in the evaluation and program planning of addiction treatment programs: using Sweden as an example. Eval Program Plann. 2015 Apr; 49:185-91. PMID: 25577662.

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