Carolyn M. Rutter

Senior Statistician
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in biostatistics, UCLA


Carolyn Rutter is a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include developing and applying Bayesian models, evaluation of diagnostic and screening tests, provider profiling, and microsimulation modeling. She is a principal investigator (PI) for a Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) team and led the development of the CRC-SPIN microsimulation model for colorectal cancer, development of Bayesian methods for model calibration, and external validation of the three CISNET colorectal cancer models. She also studies the effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening through NCI's PROSPR initiative, focusing on using microsimulation to compare the effectiveness of screening as practiced. Her substantive research interests include cancer screening, health services research, and mental health. Rutter has more than 130 articles in journals including Annals of Internal Medicine, Biostatistics, Journal of the American Statistical Society, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Medical Decision Making, Medical Care, and Statistics in Medicine. She serves on the editorial board for Medical Decision Making. Rutter received her Ph.D. in biostatistics from UCLA.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Statistical Association