James O’Malley was recently appointed to the Peggy Y. Thomson Professorship in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences; he is the first statistician in this role. O’Malley is a professor in The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI) and department of biomedical data science in the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. He will use the award to advance cutting-edge research at the intersection of statistics and health services research. O’Malley’s research work includes social network analysis, hierarchical modeling, causal inference, and Bayesian analysis with problems of interest often being motivated by compelling and complex issues in health services and health policy.