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) and the Short Course in Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models (held in February every year).


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.

 I am on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Epidemiology.



Research areas

  • Alcohol
  • Child health
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Statistical methods


  • Epidemiology
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease

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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