James O’Malley, a professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and of biomedical data science at the Geisel School of Medicine and director of the Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, has received the 2019 ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) Award for Excellence in Health Economics and Outcomes Research Methodology.

A. James O’Malley received his PhD in Statistics (1999) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and an MS degree, along with the L.J. Cote award for excellence in Applied Statistics from Purdue University. His methodological interests encompass multivariate hierarchical models, causal inference, using instrumental variables, Bayesian inference and social network analysis. Much of his work is motivated by problems in health services research. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed research papers. In 2011, he received the HPSS Mid-Career Excellence award and in 2012 was elected ASA fellow.

“I was excited to receive the news that I had been selected as this year’s recipient,” says O’Malley, who will receive the award at the society’s upcoming annual meeting. “Given today’s increasingly collaborative and interdisciplinary research arena, it is very meaningful. And I think it depicts the profession of statistics in a very positive light.”

James O’Malley’s paper, “Modeling a Bivariate Residential-Workplace Neighborhood Effect When Estimating the Effect of Proximity to Fast-Food Establishments on Body Mass Index,” was published online in Statistics in Medicine in November 2018 with co-authors Peter James, Todd A. MacKenzie, Jinyoung Byun, S. V. Subramanian and Jason P. Block: https://doi.org/10.1002/sim.8039.