Madhumita (Bonnie) Ghosh-Dastidar is a senior statistician and head of the RAND Statistics Group. 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 modeling. Ghosh-Dastidar's current interests center around several NIH-funded 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) and has been lead 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 celebrated 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.
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)