Lisa Sullivan

Lisa M. Sullivan, PhD

Associate Dean for Education - Boston University School of Public Health


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 and Quantitative Methods for Public Health and was instrumental in developing a minor program in public health which is open to undergraduate students at Boston University. She served as Principal Investigator of the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics from 2003-2015, which was 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 third edition) and Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards for excellence in teaching, including the Association for Schools of Public Health/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence. Lisa is a senior statistician on the Framingham Heart Study working primarily in developing and disseminating cardiovascular risk functions. She has expertise 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

  • Professor, Biostatistics - Boston University School of Public Health
  • - Boston Medical Center
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • Boston University, PhD Field of Study: Mathematics
  • Boston University, MA Field of Study: Mathematics
  • University of New Hampshire, BA Field of Study: Mathematics

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS704
  • SPHPH715
  • SPHPH717


  • Published on 9/17/2020

    London B, Ahmad F, Eitzman DT, Gupta AK, Jneid H, Peterson P, Remme CA, Rice K, Schelbert EB, Simon MA, Sullivan LM, Weinberg JM. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in Medicine and Cardiology: Next Steps for JAHA. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 10 20; 9(20):e019307. PMID: 32941090.

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  • Published on 9/17/2020

    Simon MA, Ahmad F, Eitzman DT, Gupta AK, Jneid H, Peterson P, Remme CA, Rice K, Schelbert EB, Sullivan LM, Weinberg JM. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness in Cardiovascular Medicine and Health Care. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 10 20; 9(20):e019137. PMID: 32941102.

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  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Sullivan LM, Velez AA, Galea S. Graduate public health education in the post-COVID-19 era. Lancet Public Health. 2020 09; 5(9):e473. PMID: 32888441.

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  • Published on 3/15/2020

    Lisa M Sullivan. Biostatistics for Population Health. Jones & Bartlett. Burlington. 2020.

  • Published on 1/20/2020

    Elliott AJ, Kinney HC, Haynes RL, Dempers JD, Wright C, Fifer WP, Angal J, Boyd TK, Burd L, Burger E, Folkerth RD, Groenewald C, Hankins G, Hereld D, Hoffman HJ, Holm IA, Myers MM, Nelsen LL, Odendaal HJ, Petersen J, Randall BB, Roberts DJ, Robinson F, Schubert P, Sens MA, Sullivan LM, Tripp T, Van Eerden P, Wadee S, Willinger M, Zaharie D, Dukes KA. Concurrent prenatal drinking and smoking increases risk for SIDS: Safe Passage Study report. EClinicalMedicine. 2020 Feb; 19:100247. PMID: 32140668.

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  • Published on 5/22/2019

    Conner SC, Sullivan LM, Benjamin EJ, LaValley MP, Galea S, Trinquart L. Adjusted restricted mean survival times in observational studies. Stat Med. 2019 09 10; 38(20):3832-3860. PMID: 31119770.

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  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Lisa M Sullivan and Sandro Galea. Teaching Public Health. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore. 2019.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    James M. Shultz, Lisa M Sullivan and Sandro Galea. Public Health: An Introduction to the Science and Practice of Population Health. Springer Publishing Company. New York. 2019.

  • Published on 6/14/2018

    Joshi PP, Quintiliani LM, McCarthy AC, Gilmore A, Mahesri M, Sullivan LM, Apovian CM. A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial in Behavioral Weight Management for Underserved Postpartum African American Women: The RENEW Study. Prev Chronic Dis. 2018 06 14; 15:E77. PMID: 29908054.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Sullivan L, Magaña L, Galea S. Peering into the future of public health teaching. Lancet Public Health. 2018 06; 3(6):e268. PMID: 29884431.

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