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Sara Lopez-Pintado, PhD

Associate Professor

Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty

Office: 316 RB

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 617-373-8249

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Dr. Lopez-Pintado has been focused since the beginning of her career on the study, development and teaching of statistical methodologies and their applications to fields such as Biomedicine. She obtained her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. She spent one year as an Instructor and Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Statistics at Rutgers University, and after returning to Spain she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Quantitative Methods at University Pablo de Olavide in Seville. In 2007-2008 she visited the Department of Biostatistics in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, supported by a grant from the Spanish Government. Subsequently, in 2010 Dr. Lopez-Pintado was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University. During her time as an Assistant Professor at Columbia, she combined methodological and collaborative research with teaching and service duties. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. She has recently been awarded with a R21 grant from National Institute of Mental health at NIH. Her research is focused on the development of robust nonparametric and computational methods for ranking, visualizing and analyzing high-dimensional data such as functions, medical images and time series. She has published several relevant and well cited papers in the field of robust functional data analysis. Dr. Lopez-Pintado is interested in collaborating in interdisciplinary research projects in Biomedicine. She is also passionate about teaching statistics and its applications to undergraduate and graduate students.



August 2006, Postdoctoral training, Department of Statistics, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

July, 2005, Department of Statistics and Econometrics, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain.

July, 1998, BA Mathematics (field statistics), University of Sevilla, Spain.

Institutional Affiliations & Appointments

Associate Professor at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville).

Research Interests:

Biostatistics, functional data analysis, nonparametric statistics methods, imaging data analysis and visualization, Mental Health


PHTH 5210: Biostatistics in Public Health,

PHTH 2210: Foundation of Biostatistics

Selected Recent Publications:

Lopez-Pintado S, Wrobel J (2017). Robust nonparametric tests for imaging data based on data depth. Stat, 6, 405-419. DOI: 10.1002/sta4.168

Wilson PT, Baiden F, Brooks JC, Morris MC, Giessler K, Punguyire D, Apio G, Agyeman-Ampromfi A, Lopez-Pintado S, Sylverken J, Nyarko-Jectey K, Tagbor H, Moresky RT (2017). Continuous positive airway pressure for children with undifferentiated respiratory distress in Ghana: an open-label,cluster, crossover trial. Lancet Global Health 5: 615-623.

Lopez-Pintado S, Sun Y, Lin JK, Genton MG (2014). Simplicial Band depth for multivariate

functional data. Advances in Data analysis and Classification 8: 321-338.

Lopez-Pintado S, McKeague I (2013). Recovering gradients from sparsely observed functional data. Biometrics 69(2):396-404.

Lopez-Pintado S, Romo J (2009). On the concept of depth for functional data. Journal of the American Statistical Association 104: 486-503.

Selected Public Service:

Associate Editor of Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics and Journal of Nonparametric Statistics since August 1, 2018.

Member of several Committees in the Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University since September 2018. Admission Committee of Ph.D. in Population Health, Qualifying Exam Committee, and member of the Bouve Reseach Core Task Force

CMStatistics 2019, Program Organizer and session chair, I agreed to be member of the Scientific Committee for the International Conference CMStatistics 2019, December 14, 2018 – Present

Reviewer for NIH BMRD, Grant Proposals, February 1, 2018 – Present and also reviewer for several Journals: JCGS, CSDA, JASA, Environmetrics, Technometrics.

Senior consultant from 2015 to 2018 in Clinical and Translational Research Award at Irving Institute at Columbia University.