Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar

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Senior Statistician
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in statistics, Pennsylvania State University


Madhumita (Bonnie) Ghosh-Dastidar is a senior statistician and director of the Statistics Consulting Center. She works in the areas of HIV and mental health interventions, obesity, and population studies. Her expertise includes study design, survey methods, evaluations, non-response analysis, and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel data. Ghosh-Dastidar has primarily worked in health and population within RAND. Her current interests center around a couple of natural experiments evaluating the effect of neighborhood-level changes on residents' diets, physical activity, and health outcomes. Ghosh-Dastidar is the project statistician for the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey, a study of children and outcomes in 65 communities in Los Angeles. She has also worked on the design and analysis of Project Alert Plus, a multi-year field experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of a drug-prevention curriculum delivered in 48 school districts in South Dakota. She used multilevel and spatial analysis to explore the association between alcohol outlets and gonorrhea rates in Los Angeles communities, before and after the L.A. riots of 1992. Ghosh-Dastidar currently serves as vice chair of the Committee on Women in Statistics, and the Council of Sections Governing Board, within the American Statistical Association.

Recent Projects

  • Environment's Impact on Children's Diet, Activity & Obesity: A Natural Experiment
  • Does a New Supermarket Improve Dietary Behaviors of Low-income African Americans?
  • Neighborhood and Family Effects on Disparities in Chronic Disease
  • Survey of New Orleans Displaced Residents Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
  • Women, Neighborhoods and Coronary Heart Disease: A Perspective Study

Selected Publications

Wagner, G., Ghosh-Dastidar, B, Garnett, J., "Impact of HIV Antiretroviral Therapy on Depression and Mental Health Among HIV Clients in Uganda," Psychosomatic Medicine (forthcoming)

Rendall, M., Ghosh-Dastidar, B., Weden, M., Nazarov, Z., "Multiple Imputation for Combined-Survey Estimation with Incomplete Regressors in One but not Both Surveys," Sociological Methods and Research (forthcoming)

Dubowitz, T., Ghosh-Dastidar, B., Eibner, C., Slaughter, M.E., Fernandes, M., Whitsel, E.A., Bird, C.E., Jewell, A., Margolis, K.L., Li, W., Michael, Y.L., Shih, R.A., Manson, J.E., Escarce, J.E., "The Women's Health Initiative: The Food Environment, Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status, BMI, and Blood Pressure," Obesity, 20(4):862-871, 2012

Shih, R., Ghosh-Dastidar, B., Margolis, K.L., Slaughter, M.E., Jewell, A., Bird, C.E., Eibner, C., "Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Cognitive Function in Women," American Journal of Public Health, 101(9):1721-1728, 2011

Ghosh-Dastidar, B., Elliot, M.N., Haviland, A., Karoly, L.A., "Composite Estimates from Incomplete and Complete Frames for Minimum-MSE Estimation in a Rare Population: An Application to Families with Young Children," Public Opinion Quarterly, 73(4):761-784, 2009

Ghosh-Dastidar, B., and Schafer, J.L., "Outlier Detection and Editing Procedures for Continuous Multivariate Survey Data," Journal of Official Statistics, 22(3):487-506, 2006

Ghosh-Dastidar, B., and Schafer, J.L., "Multiple Edit/Multiple Imputation for Continuous Multivariate Survey Data," Journal of the American Statistical Association, 98(464), 2003

Honors & Awards

  • Student Paper Award, 1996, International Biometrics Society (ENAR)
  • Statistics Consultant Award, 2001, The RAND Corporation
  • Alumnus of the Year, 2009, Department of Statistics, Pennsylvania State University


  • Fresh produce at a grocery store

    Location, Location, Location: Does the Food Desert Narrative Hold Up?

    There's little rigorous evidence to support the notion that 'food deserts' are driving the U.S. obesity epidemic. But this narrative has nearly become conventional wisdom. In response, stakeholders have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into bringing supermarkets to these neighborhoods.

    Oct 28, 2014 The RAND Blog