Lisa M. Sullivan, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Lisa Sullivan
Crosstown Center – CT324
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Lisa Sullivan has a PhD in Statistics and is Professor of Biostatistics and 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. Lisa is the 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. The program ran for the first time in the summer of 2004. 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

  • SPHBS704
  • SPHBS704
  • SPHBS980
  • SPHBS980
  • SPHSB921


  • Published on 6/19/2015

    Vasireddy V, Mills JA, Gaddameedi R, Basner-Tschakarjan E, Kohnke M, Black AD, Alexandrov K, Zhou S, Maguire AM, Chung DC, Mac H, Sullivan L, Gadue P, Bennicelli JL, French DL, Bennett J. Correction: AAV-Mediated Gene Therapy for Choroideremia: Preclinical Studies in Personalized Models. PLoS One. 2015; 10(6):e0129982.

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  • Published on 6/1/2015

    Folpe AL, Schoolmeester JK, McCluggage WG, Sullivan LM, Castagna K, Ahrens WA, Oliva E, Biegel JA, Nielsen GP. SMARCB1-deficient Vulvar Neoplasms: A Clinicopathologic, Immunohistochemical, and Molecular Genetic Study of 14 Cases. Am J Surg Pathol. 2015 Jun; 39(6):836-49.

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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.

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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.

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  • Published on 12/18/2014

    Lundgren L, Blom B, Chassler D, Sullivan LM. Using register data to examine patterns of compulsory addiction treatment care in Sweden: Program planning and methodological implications. Eval Program Plann. 2015 Apr; 49:149-52.

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  • Published on 12/18/2014

    Hall T, Chassler D, Blom B, Grahn R, Blom-Nilsson M, Sullivan L, Lundgren L. Mortality among a national population sentenced to compulsory care for substance use disorders in Sweden: Descriptive study. Eval Program Plann. 2015 Apr; 49:153-62.

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  • Published on 10/18/2014

    Andersson C, Sullivan L, Benjamin EJ, Aragam J, Jacques P, Cheng S, Vasan RS. Association of soda consumption with subclinical cardiac remodeling in the Framingham heart study. Metabolism. 2015 Feb; 64(2):208-12.

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  • Published on 9/21/2014

    Lüneburg N, Lieb W, Zeller T, Chen MH, Maas R, Carter AM, Xanthakis V, Glazer NL, Schwedhelm E, Seshadri S, Ikram MA, Longstreth WT, Fornage M, König IR, Loley C, Ojeda FM, Schillert A, Wang TJ, Sticht H, Kittel A, König J, Benjamin EJ, Sullivan LM, Bernges I, Anderssohn M, Ziegler A, Gieger C, Illig T, Meisinger C, Wichmann HE, Wild PS, Schunkert H, Psaty BM, Wiggins KL, Heckbert SR, Smith N, Lackner K, Lunetta KL, Blankenberg S, Erdmann J, Munzel T, Grant PJ, Vasan RS, Böger RH. Genome-Wide Association Study of l-Arginine and Dimethylarginines Reveals Novel Metabolic Pathway for Symmetric Dimethylarginine. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2014 Dec; 7(6):864-72.

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  • Published on 9/9/2014

    Venneti S, Santi M, Felicella MM, Yarilin D, Phillips JJ, Sullivan LM, Martinez D, Perry A, Lewis PW, Thompson CB, Judkins AR. A sensitive and specific histopathologic prognostic marker for H3F3A K27M mutant pediatric glioblastomas. Acta Neuropathol. 2014 Nov; 128(5):743-53.

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  • Published on 8/5/2014

    Dukes KA, Burd L, Elliott AJ, Fifer WP, Folkerth RD, Hankins GD, Hereld D, Hoffman HJ, Myers MM, Odendaal HJ, Signore C, Sullivan LM, Willinger M, Wright C, Kinney HC. The safe passage study: design, methods, recruitment, and follow-up approach. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2014 Sep; 28(5):455-65.

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