Briana Stephenson

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Department of Biostatistics


My research has been primarily focused in using Bayesian methods to create innovative model-based clustering techniques to address data complexities found in large, heterogeneous populations. These methods were generated as a result of my collaborative research interests in maternal health, nutritional epidemiology, psychological health, public health policy, and health disparities.

Curriculum Vitae
Active Research Projects


PhD, Biostatistics – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MPH, Biostatistics – George Washington University
BS, Mathematics – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors & Distinctions

Distinguished Student Paper Award | 2018
International Biometric Society, Eastern North American Region

Gillings Dissertation Award for Public Health Impact | 2017
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Junior Researcher Award | 2015
Bayesian Nonparametrics Conference, International Society for Bayesian Analysis


1. Stephenson B, Herring A, Olshan A. Robust Clustering with Subpopulation-specific Deviations. Journal of the American Statistical Association 2019; DOI: 10.1050/01621459.2019.1611583

2. Phillips MR, Khoury AL, Stephenson BJ, Edwards LJ, Charles AG, McLean SE. Outcomes of Pediatric Patients with Abdominal Sepsis Requiring Surgery and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Using the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Database. The American Surgeon. 2015 Mar; 81 (3) 245-251

3. Weiss J, Stephenson BJ, Edwards LJ, Rigney M, Copeland A. Public Attitudes About Lung Cancer: Stigma, Support, and Predictors of Support. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 2014 Jul; 7:293-300.

4. Keating K, Walko C, Stephenson B, ONeil BH, Weiss J. Incidence of Cetuximab-related Infusion Reactions in Oncology Patients Treated at the University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital. Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice. 2014 Dec; 20(6): 409-416.

5. Veeramachaneni NK, Feins RH, Stephenson BJ, Edwards LJ, Fernandez FG. Management of Stage IIIA Non-small Cell Lung Cancer by Thoracic Surgeons in North America. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2012 Sep; 94(3): 922-926.