Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar

Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar
Senior Statistician; Head, RAND Statistics Group
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Ph.D. in statistics, Pennsylvania State University; M.A. in statistics, Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in mathematics and computer science, Albright College

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Madhumita (Bonnie) Ghosh-Dastidar is head of the Statistics Group and a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation. Her projects and grants are primarily in health and well-being including built environment interventions, interventions to improve mental health and adherence among HIV patients, and population health. Her statistical expertise includes sampling, survey methods, evaluations, missing data, and longitudinal and multilevel data modeling. Her current interests center around multiple NIH studies leveraging a natural experiment design to evaluate the effect of neighborhood-level change on residents' diet, sleep, and cardiovascular health. Ghosh-Dastidar's experience includes being lead statistician for large-scale surveys on sexual assault and armed services in the military, and the Singapore mental health study to assess national prevalence. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), and was statistician for two studies receiving the RAND President’s Choice Award in 2014 and 2015. The American Statistical Association and Committee on Women in Statistics celebrated her work in statistics and data science during Women's History Month in March 2019. Ghosh-Dastidar received her Ph.D. and M.A. in statistics from Pennsylvania State University, State College, and her B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Albright College.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

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

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), 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), 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), 2009

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

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)

Honors & Awards

  • Alumnus of the Year, 2009, Department of Statistics, Pennsylvania State University
  • Fellow, 2016, American Statistical Association