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Karen Bandeen-Roche, MS, PhD

Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Hurley-Dorrier Chair, Department of Biostatistics, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Interim Director, Center on Aging and Health



Dr. Bandeen-Roche has taught in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 1990 and received the Hurley-Dorrier Chair of Biostatistics in 2008. Also at the Bloomberg School, Dr. Bandeen-Roche served as co-director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging Training Program from 1996 to 2008, after which she became its director. Since 2008, Dr. Bandeen-Roche has also served as interim director of the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health.

Dr. Bandeen-Roche began her career at Cornell University as a Teaching Assistant in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (1985 1990). During that time (1987), she also worked as a statistician for the Laboratory of Statistical Methodology, Division of Computer Research and Technology, National Institutes of Health.

Education and Training

  • BS (Mathematics, Academic Distinction and Honors), Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, 1985
  • MS (Operations Research), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1988
  • PhD (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1990

Accomplishments, Recognition, and Service

Dr. Bandeen-Roche is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In 2010, she received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (which award she also won in 2001 and 2005) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Bandeen-Roche has been a Statistical Consultant to the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences since 2006. She served as Associate Editor of Biometrics from 2002 to 2005, and Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association from 2002-2003. Dr. Bandeen-Roche is published in more than 120 peer-reviewed research articles. She has presented in nearly 90 invited lectures, and participated in numerous other lectures related to her research interests.

From 2006 to 2008, she held the role of chair of the Biostatistical and Research Design Study Section at the National Institutes of Health from 2006 to 2008. She has also served as chair of the Biometrics Section of the American Statistical Association in 2006. Most recently she has been elected President of the International Biometric Society/ Eastern North American region for a 2012 term.

Dr. Bandeen-Roche is a continuing member of the American Statistical Association, The International Biometrics Society, and The Gerontological Society of America (for which she organized sessions in 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2001). She has also been responsible for section organization for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004), the Joint Statistical Meetings (1996, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2011), IBS/ENAR (2000, 2003), and the Society for Prevention Research (2002).

In 1999, Dr. Bandeen-Roche was the recipient of the Garland Clay Award from the American Academy of Optometry for co-authoring flagship journal’s most cited paper in the preceding five years. Fellowships include those with the American Statistical Association (2001) and as a Brookdale National Fellow, for Outstanding Research on Aging (1997). In 1987, she received a Citation in Recognition and Appreciation of Special Achievement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.

Research Interests

Current projects include:

  • Older Americans Independence Center: Co-Director and Director of the Biostatistics Core. The Center is dedicated to developing the next generation of research to determine the causes and treatments for frailty in older adults.
  • Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC): Aims to coordinate and integrate all aspects of data management for ADRC, to provide statistical support and expert statistical consultation for all projects associated with ADRC, and to develop novel methods of analysis for studying progressive cognitive decline and dementia among aging individuals.
  • Pathogenesis of Disability in Aging Women (with Columbia University): Seeks to evaluate evidence as to the pathogenesis of physical disability in older women, assessing the independent and joint contributions to disability of blood-based measures of inflammation, hormonal and hematologic status, and micronutrient deficiencies, and heart rate variability as a marker of biologic vulnerability.
  • Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award: Purpose is to enhance both the process and benefits of clinical and translational research by bringing together the diverse resources of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and creating a new model for carrying out scientific research.
  • Center for Prevention and Early Intervention: Conducts substantive and methodological research on novel school and family based interventions to prevent mental disorders, substance abuse, and violence.
  • Comparative Effectiveness Studies to Improve Patient Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD): Goal is to address the comparative effectiveness of strategies to improve cardiovascular disease outcomes among patients with ESRD.
  • Drug Abuse and Crime across the Life Course in an African American Population: The major goals are to study how substance use in adolescence and early adulthood relates to the risk of being arrested and incarcerated and, conversely, how early arrests and incarceration influence later drug use and criminal behaviors.

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