Professor Bianca DeStavola Laurea MSc PhD

Professor of Biostatistics

About Bianca DeStavola

Director of the LSHTM Centre for Statistical Methodology Co-Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods PATHWAYS Node

Bianca DeStavola's Background

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.

Bianca DeStavola's Affiliation

Bianca DeStavola's Teaching

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).

Bianca DeStavola's Research

I am the 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.

I am Co-Director of the PATHWAYS node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) (   The Node aims to investigate pathways that link socio-demographic circumstances and biological disadvantage to adult health, and parental family and socio-economic circumstances to infant mortality. The study of mediating factors that lie on these pathways is the the main focus of our research and also of the training that we offer to social scientists.


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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