Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar

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Senior Statistician
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Ph.D. in statistics, Pennsylvania State University

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Madhumita (Bonnie) Ghosh-Dastidar is a senior statistician and director of the Statistical Advisory Center at the RAND Corporation. She works primarily in health policy, including environmental interventions, HIV, and population health. Her statistical expertise includes sampling, survey methods, evaluations, missing data, and longitudinal and multilevel data analysis. Ghosh-Dastidar's current interests center around several natural experiments evaluating the effect of neighborhood-level changes on residents' diet, sleep, physical activity, and related health outcomes.  In the past, Ghosh-Dastidar has served as 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.  Ghosh-Dastidar is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2016; and has been statistician for studies that earned the RAND President’s Choice Award in 2014 and 2015.  The American Statistical Association and Committee on Women in Statistics will celebrate her work in statistics and data science during Women’s History Month in March 2019.  Ghosh-Dastidar received her Ph.D. in statistics from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA; and her undergraduate degree from Albright College, Reading, PA.

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


  • 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