The Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award

This Year’s Winner

S. BellamyWe are extremely pleased to announce that alumna Scarlett Bellamy, ScM ’97, ScD ’01 will be the recipient of the 2021 Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award!

Please join us for her virtual lecture on:
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 1-2pm
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From improbable to possible and beyond: Making a case for taking chances in order to expand our field

With the resurgence of conversations regarding improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles in many professions, including biostatistics and data science, I offer a case study for expanding how we view aspects of our field at the most critical time – admissions and during the training experience – to support and encourage those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to survive and thrive. To do so means deliberately abandoning long-standing traditions to attract and retain the best talent to our field. By incorporating DEI principles, we can all cultivate a more holistic understanding of both historical background and current challenges in the field by enabling everyone to see themselves in every aspect of our professional and therefore have clearer insight into how they might make important contributions to both statistical theory and applications.

Dr. Bellamy is an internationally recognized biostatistician who has distinguished herself as a respected leader in research, education, service, and outreach.

An extremely productive and effective researcher, Dr. Bellamy’s methodological work has focused on evaluating intervention efficacy of longitudinal behavioral modification trials, including cluster- and group-randomized trials. Her robust research portfolio has applied this methodology to lung injury and transplantation, HIV/AIDS, and health disparities – and often the intersection between them.

Dr. Bellamy has proven to be a phenomenal teacher and mentor, supporting both students and junior faculty. She has worked tirelessly to serve and advance the field, making extraordinary efforts to increase diversity, including founding the annual Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics workshop at ENAR and serving on the advisory board of our Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology.

Dr. Bellamy is an inspiration to those around her and truly embodies the spirit of this award that honors the legacy of Dr. Stephen Lagakos. She is dedicated to her research and teaching, gives her time generously to service and mentoring, is passionate about public health, and is committed to making the world a better place through her work.

Dr. Bellamy joined the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health after receiving her BA in Mathematics from Hampton University. She was the recipient of The Robert Balentine Reed Prize for Excellence in Biostatistical Science for receiving the highest grade on the Department’s written qualifying exam. Advised by Louise Ryan, she presented her dissertation on “Clustered Data Methods with Applications to Community-Based Research.” After receiving her ScD in 2001, Dr. Bellamy went on to spend 15 years at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine before joining the faculty at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. She is currently Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Faculty Development at Drexel.

About the Award

300hThe annual Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award has been established in memory of Dr. Stephen Lagakos, a faculty member and former chair of the Department of Biostatistics who passed away in a tragic automobile accident in 2009.

Professor Lagakos was a leader in the Department, the School of Public Health, and more broadly, in the international community of quantitative biomedical researchers. Steve’s qualities of commitment, passion, intellectual brilliance, and personal generosity had a direct personal impact on our lives; and his contributions to biostatistics and to AIDS research were fundamental.

This award serves to honor Steve’s distinguished career, and to recognize Department alumni whose research in statistical theory and application, leadership in biomedical research, and commitment to teaching have had a major impact on the theory and practice of statistical science.  The award will be open to all who have an earned degree through the department, regardless of length of time since graduation or type of degree.

The award recipient will be invited to the school to deliver a lecture on their career and life beyond the Department.


Nominations are welcome for next year’s award, to be given in October 2022.

Please send nominations via email

Nominations should include contact information for yourself and your candidate, and the candidate’s curriculum vita, if available. Please include a letter describing the contributions of the candidate, specifically highlighting the criteria for the award. Supporting letters and materials would be extremely helpful to the committee, but are not required.

Nominations must be received by Friday, July 1, 2022.

Previous Award Winners

2020 Joseph Hogan
2019  Fong Wang Clow
2018  Amy Herring
2017  Nicholas Horton
2016  Judith Goldberg
2015  Victor DeGruttola
2014  Michael Daniels
2013  Jesse Berlin
2012  Melissa Begg
– renamed The Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award –
2011  Manning Feinleib
2010  Daniel Scharfstein
2009  John Simes
2008  Robert Strawderman
2007  Takeuchi Masahiro
2006  Daniel Siegel
2005  Christl Donnelly
2004  Stuart Baker