Beth Ann Griffin

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Senior Statistician; Co-Director, RAND Center for Causal Inference
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Ph.D. in biostatistics, Harvard University; S.M. in biostatistics, Harvard University; B.A. in mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

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Beth Ann Griffin is a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation, where she codirects the RAND Center for Causal Inference. Her statistical research focuses on causal effects estimation when using observational data. Her substantive research has primarily fallen into three areas: (1) substance abuse treatment for adolescents, (2) military health, and (3) neighborhood level predictors of health. Examples of recent studies include estimating the causal effects of cumulative treatment episodes for adolescents, examining the correlates and consequences of sleep problems among servicemembers in the post-deployment period, and assessing the relationship between urban sprawl and coronary heart disease in women. Griffin's research has appeared in leading journals such as Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Statistics in Medicine, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of Causal Inference, American Journal of Public Health, Health and Place, Environmental Health Perspectives, Psychiatric Services and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. She is currently the principal investigator of a project sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to improve a promising health services research tool (the TWANG package) for estimating causal effects of treatment using propensity score weights ( Griffin also serves on the editorial board the Annals of Applied Statistics, Statistics in Medicine and Observational Studies. She received her Ph.D. in biostatistics from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • Estimating the cumulative effects of treatment for adolescents with substance use disorders
  • Examining the correlates and consequences of sleep problems among servicemembers in the post-deployment period
  • Assessing the association between health outcomes and neighborhood characteristics such as neighborhood socioeconomic status, urban sprawl, and ambient air particulate matter

Selected Publications

Schuler, M, Griffin, BA, Ramchand, R, Almirall, D, McCaffrey, D, "Effectiveness of Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatments: Is Biological Drug Testing Sufficient?" Journal of Studies of Alcohol and Drugs (forthcoming)

Griffin, BA, Ramchand, R, Almirall, D, Slaughter, ME, Burgette L, McCaffrey, D, "Estimating the Causal Effects of Cumulative Treatment Episodes for Adolescents Using Marginal Structural Models and Inverse Probability of Treatment Weighting," Drug and Alcohol Dependence (forthcoming)

McCaffrey, DF, Griffin, BA, Almirall, D, Slaughter, ME, Ramchand, R, "A Tutorial on Propensity Score Estimation for Multiple Treatments Using Generalized Boosted Models," Statistics in Medicine, 32(19):3388-3414, 2013

Pane, JF, Griffin, BA, McCaffrey, D, Karam, R, "Effectiveness of Cognitive Tutor Algebra I at Scale," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2013

Griffin, BA, Eibner, C, Bird, CE, Jewell, A, Margolis, K, Shih, R, Slaughter, ME, Whitsel, E, Allison, M, Escarce, J, "The Relationship between Urban Sprawl and Coronary Heart Disease in Women," Health & Place, :51-61, 2013

Chandra, A, Sanraluz, L, Burns, RM, Griffin, BA, Assessing Operation Purple®: A program evaluation of a summer camp for military youth, RAND Corporation (TR-1423), 2012

Shih, RA, Griffin, BA, Salkowski, N, Jewell, A, Eibner, C, Bird, C, Liao, D, Cushman, M, Margolis, H, Eaton, C, Whitsel, E, "Ambient Particulate Matter Air Pollution and Incident Venous Thromboembolism in the Women's Health Initiative Hormone Trials (WHI HTs)," Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(3):326-331, 2011

Almirall, D, Griffin, BA, McCaffrey, D, Ramchand, R, Yuen, B, Murphy, SA, "Time-varying Moderation Using the Structural Nested Mean Model: Estimation Using Inverse-Weighted Regression-with-residuals," Statistics in Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Memorial Prize, 2006, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University
  • Best Student Oral Presentation, 2005, International Biometrics Society EMR, Corfu, Greece
  • Excellence in Teaching as a teaching assistant for Statistical Inference II, 2005