Eleanor J. Murray, ScD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


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 Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • McGill University, BSc Field of Study: Biology
  • Harvard School of Public Health, SM/ScM Field of Study: Biostatistics

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP755
  • SPHEP800
  • SPHEP857
  • SPHEP911


  • Published on 3/24/2022

    Molino AR, Andersen KM, Sawyer SB, Ðoàn LN, Rivera YM, James BD, Fox MP, Murray EJ, D'Agostino McGowan L, Jarrett BA. The Expert Next Door: Interactions With Friends and Family During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 24; 191(4):552-556. PMID: 34618006.

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  • Published on 3/22/2022

    Fox MP, Murray EJ, Lesko CR, Sealy-Jefferson S. On the Need to Revitalize Descriptive Epidemiology. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 22. PMID: 35325036.

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  • Published on 2/21/2022

    White LF, Murray EJ, Chakravarty A. The role of schools in driving SARS-CoV-2 transmission: Not just an open-and-shut case. Cell Rep Med. 2022 Mar 15; 3(3):100556. PMID: 35474742.

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  • Published on 1/24/2022

    Westreich D, Edwards JK, Tennant PWG, Murray EJ, van Smeden M. Choice of Outcome in COVID-19 Studies and Implications for Policy: Mortality and Fatality. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 01 24; 191(2):282-286. PMID: 34613347.

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  • Published on 1/5/2022

    Petersen JM, Barrett M, Ahrens KA, Murray EJ, Bryant AS, Hogue CJ, Mumford SL, Gadupudi S, Fox MP, Trinquart L. The confounder matrix: A tool to assess confounding bias in systematic reviews of observational studies of etiology. Res Synth Methods. 2022 Mar; 13(2):242-254. PMID: 34954912.

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  • Published on 1/5/2022

    Barnard-Mayers R, Kouser H, Cohen JA, Tassiopoulos K, Caniglia EC, Moscicki AB, Campos NG, Caunca MR, Seage GRS, Murray EJ. A case study and proposal for publishing directed acyclic graphs: The effectiveness of the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine in perinatally HIV Infected girls. J Clin Epidemiol. 2022 Apr; 144:127-135. PMID: 34998951.

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  • Published on 8/1/2021

    Murray EJ, Marshall BDL, Buchanan AL. Emulating Target Trials to Improve Causal Inference From Agent-Based Models. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 08 01; 190(8):1652-1658. PMID: 33595053.

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  • Published on 8/1/2021

    Fox MP, Carr K, D'Agostino McGowan L, Murray EJ, Hidalgo B, Banack HR. Will Podcasting and Social Media Replace Journals and Traditional Science Communication? No, but... Am J Epidemiol. 2021 08 01; 190(8):1625-1631. PMID: 34089048.

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  • Published on 7/27/2021

    Escandón K, Rasmussen AL, Bogoch II, Murray EJ, Escandón K, Popescu SV, Kindrachuk J. COVID-19 false dichotomies and a comprehensive review of the evidence regarding public health, COVID-19 symptomatology, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, mask wearing, and reinfection. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 27; 21(1):710. PMID: 34315427.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    D'Agostino McGowan L, Grantz KH, Murray E. Quantifying Uncertainty in Mechanistic Models of Infectious Disease. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 07 01; 190(7):1377-1385. PMID: 33475686.

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