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

  • SPHPH702


  • Published on 9/26/2022

    Sullivan LM, Velez AA, Longe N, Larese AM, Galea S. Removing the Graduate Record Examination as an Admissions Requirement Does Not Impact Student Success. Public Health Rev. 2022; 43:1605023. PMID: 36226032.

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  • Published on 7/27/2022

    Choudhury N, Tiwari A, Wu WJ, Bhandari V, Bhatta L, Bogati B, Citrin D, Halliday S, Khadka S, Marasini N, Pandey S, Ballard M, Rayamazi HJ, Sapkota S, Schwarz R, Sullivan L, Maru D, Thapa A, Maru S. Comparing two data collection methods to track vital events in maternal and child health via community health workers in rural Nepal. Popul Health Metr. 2022 Jul 27; 20(1):16. PMID: 35897038.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Sullivan, LM, Velez, AA, Longe, N, Larese AM, Galea, S. The impact of removing the GRE as an admissions requirement on student diversity and success. Public Health Reviews. 2022; 43.

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  • Published on 8/2/2021

    Odendaal H, Dukes KA, Elliott AJ, Willinger M, Sullivan LM, Tripp T, Groenewald C, Myers MM, Fifer WP, Angal J, Boyd TK, Burd L, Cotton JB, Folkerth RD, Hankins G, Haynes RL, Hoffman HJ, Jacobs PK, Petersen J, Pini N, Randall BB, Roberts DJ, Robinson F, Sens MA, Van Eerden P, Wright C, Holm IA, Kinney HC. Association of Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Drinking and Smoking With the Risk of Stillbirth. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 08 02; 4(8):e2121726. PMID: 34424306.

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  • Published on 7/5/2021

    Childs E, Remein CD, Bhasin RM, Harris AC, Day A, Sullivan LM, Coleman DL, Benjamin EJ. How to Launch and Continually Enhance an Effective Medical Campus Faculty Development Program: Steps for Implementation and Lessons Learned. J Healthc Leadersh. 2021; 13:147-156. PMID: 34262383.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Sullivan LM, Galea S. Valuing teaching in academic public health-time for a culture shift. Lancet Public Health. 2021 07; 6(7):e443-e444. PMID: 34174996.

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  • 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.

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