PA) - Sarah J. Ratcliffe, PhD, has been named
Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics
and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School
After earning her BS(Hons) degree in 1996 from the University
of Technology in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Ratcliffe went
on to receive her PhD from Macquarie University, also
in Sydney, Australia. Her postdoctoral fellowship was
completed at the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.
She is also a former Statistical Consultant for The
Statistical Laboratory, Macquarie Research Ltd., in
Dr. Ratcliffe's research interests focus on functional
data analysis (models for complex curves) and the analysis
of longitudinal data with informative dropout, specifically
joint models for longitudinal and survival data. Her
collaborative areas of research include reproductive
and women's health, such as the use of fetal heart tracings
in predicting adverse birth outcomes and later infant
Dr. Ratcliffe is a member of the American Statistical
Association and the Statistical Society of Australia.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors
including the Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for a Doctoral
Thesis of Exceptional Merit and the 2002 Travel Award
from the Eastern Northern American Region/International
Biometric Society to attend the "Workshop for Junior
Researchers" in Washington, DC.
She has been invited to lecture on several occasions
including most recently at the Biostatistics Applied
Research Forum at the University of Pennsylvania, where
she discussed a random pattern-mixture model for longitudinal
data with dropouts. Dr. Ratcliffe has also authored
or co-authored research papers in publications including
Statistics in Medicine and the 2001 Proceedings
of the American Statistical Association Biometrics Section.
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