Professor Bianca DeStavola Laurea MSc PhD

Professor of Biostatistics

About Bianca DeStavola

Co-Director of the LSHTM Centre for Statistical Methodology 


I am Italian and graduated in Statistical Sciences at the University of Padua. I obtained an MSc in Statistics at the London School of Economics and a PhD in Statistics at Imperial College, London. I joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1994.




I enjoy teaching statisticians and epidemiologists, especially when bridging the two disciplines. I teach the module "Analysis of Hierarchical and Other Dependent data" and  I co-organize and teach on the Short Course In Causal Inference in Epidemiology (held at LSHTM in November every year). I am the Chair of the Medical Statistics MSc Exam Board. 


I am co-Director of the LSHTM Centre for Statistical Methodology ( Our aims are to highlight our statistical expertise in research and training relevant to research in public health and to facilitate excellence by enhancing cross-fertilization among Public Health researchers.

Most of my current research activities involve the understanding, development and implementation of statistical methods for long-term longitudinal studies with specific applications to life-course epidemiology.  These often involve causal enquiries, in particular related to pathways for disease development, and hence the study of mediation.



Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Capacity strengthening
  • Child health
  • Electronic health records
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Statistical methods


  • Epidemiology
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Mental health

Other interests

  • Analysis Of Longitudinal Data
  • Causal Inference
  • Causal Mediation
  • Causal Models
  • Centre for Statistical Methods
  • Longitudinal And Survival Data
  • growth modelling
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