Faculty Bio - Sally C. Morton, PhD
Professor and Chair, Biostatistics
B.S. Stanford University
M.S., Stanford University
M.Sc. London School of Economics
Ph.D., Stanford University
Dr. Morton’s research interests include comparative effectiveness research, the use of meta-analysis in evidence-based medicine, and the sampling of vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the department, she was vice president for statistics and epidemiology at RTI International, head of the RAND Corporation's Statistics Group, and codirector of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center. She was the 2009 president of the American Statistical Association (ASA), and is a fellow of the ASA and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is the 2012 Chair-Elect of Section U (Statistics) of the AAAS, and is a founding editor of Statistics, Politics, and Policy. She has served as a member of several Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees concerning systematic reviews and comparative effectiveness. In 2012, she received the James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and was the Statistician of the Year for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the ASA. Dr. Morton holds a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University. (Health Sciences Faculty Research Interests Project)
Berkman ND, Lohr KN, Morgan LC, Richmond E, Kuo TM, Morton SC, Viswanathan M, Kamerow D, West S, Tant E. Reliability Testing of the AHRQ EPC Approach to Grading the Strength of Evidence in Comparative Effectiveness Reviews. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2012.
Hempel S, Miles J, Suttorp MJ, Wang Z, Johnson B, Morton SC, Perry T, Valentine D, Shekelle PG. Detection of Associations Between Trial Quality and Effect Sizes. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2012. PMID: 22359777.
Morton SC, Ellenberg JH. Infusion of statistical science in comparative effectiveness research. Clinical trials (London, England). 2012 Feb; 9 (1):6-12. PMID: 22334463.
Norris SL, Atkins D, Bruening W, Fox S, Johnson E, Kane R, Morton SC, Oremus M, Ospina M, Randhawa G, Schoelles K, Shekelle P, Viswanathan M. Observational studies in systemic reviews of comparative effectiveness: AHRQ and the Effective Health Care Program. Journal of clinical epidemiology. 2011 Nov; 64 (11):1178-86. PMID: 21636246.
Morton, S.C. (2010). "Statistics: From Evidence to Policy." Journal of the American Statistical Association
, Vol. 105(489), pp. 1-5.
Van Tulder, M.W., M. Suttorp, S.C. Morton, L.M. Bouter, and P.G. Shekelle (2009). “Empirical Evidence of an Association Between Internal Validity and Effect Size in Randomized Controlled Trials of Low-Back Pain.” Spine, Vol. 34(16), pp. 1685-1692.
Chaudhry, B., J. Wang, S. Wu, M. Maglione, W. Mojica, E. Roth, S.C. Morton, and P.G. Shekelle (2006). “Systematic Review: Impact of Health Information Technology on Quality, Efficiency, and Costs of Medical Care.” Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 144, No. 10, pp. 775-776.
Chodosh, J., S.C. Morton, W. Mojica, M. Maglione, M.J. Suttorp, L. Jungvig, S. Rhodes, and P.G. Shekelle (2005). “Meta-Analysis: Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs for Older Adults.” Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 143, No. 6, pp. 427-438.
Morton, S.C. (2005). “Ephedra.” Statistical Science, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 242-248.
Morton, S.C. (2005). “Statistical Collaboration to Impact Policy Decisions.” Statistic in Medicine, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 493-501.
Chang, J.T., S.C. Morton, L.Z. Rubenstein, W.A. Mojica, M.A. Maglione, M.J. Suttorp, E.A. Roth, and P.G. Shekelle (2004). “Interventions for the Prevention of Falls in Older Adults: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials.” British Medical Journal, Vol. 328, No. 7441, pp. 680-687.
Bozzette, S.A., R. Boer, V. Bhatnagar, J. Brower, E. Keeler, S.C. Morton, and M.A. Stoto (2003). “A Model for a Smallpox-Vaccination Policy.” New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 348, No. 5, pp. 416-425.
Shekelle, P.G., M.L. Hardy, S.C. Morton, M. Maglione, W.A. Mojica, M.J. Suttorp, S.L. Rhodes, L. Jungvig, and J. Gagné (2003). “Efficacy and Safety of Ephedra and Ephedrine for Weight Loss and Athletic Performance: A Metaanalysis.” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 289, No. 12, pp. 1537-1545.
Morton, S.C., and J.E. Rolph (Eds.) (2000). Public Policy and Statistics: Case Studies from RAND. New York: Springer-Verlag.
310 Parran Hall
130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Assistant: Bernadette Kapko
Last reviewed: July 31, 2012