Rebecca Betensky

Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics

Department of Biostatistics

655 Huntington Avenue
Building II Room 421
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.432.2821
Fax: 617.432.5619


Ph.D., 1992, Stanford University
A.B., 1987, Harvard College


Dr. Rebecca Betensky’s current methodological research interests are in the areas of survival data, clinical trials, and biomarker studies, as motivated by problems that arise in studies of neurologic diseases and cancer.  Within survival analysis, she is working on methods of inference in the presence of dependent truncation.  She has developed methods for efficient subject and endpoint selection in Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials and for overcoming the placebo effect in chronic disease trials.  She has recently examined the effects of subject compensation on statistical inference from clinical trials, and the reporting of follow-up time and its various meanings.  Dr. Betensky’s current research also includes the development of statistical methods for biomarker identification in the presence of time varying endpoints with censoring and truncation and in the absence of a gold standard.  She is extending these methods to handle very high dimensional biomarkers, such as gene expression arrays and imaging studies, for which standard methods break down.


Dr. Betensky is instructor of BIO230: Statistical Inference I for Spring 2014.

Dr. Betensky is Co-Course Director for HST 190: Introduction to Biostatistics and Epidemiology (January term course).