RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Neighborhoods, Causal Inference, Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Stress
Kara Rudolph is a social epidemiologist who applies causal inference methods to study social and contextual influences on mental health and substance use in disadvantaged, urban areas. She received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and a M.H.S. in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation examined effect heterogeneity in the association between living in a disadvantaged neighborhood and adolescent anxiety and depression. Most recently, Kara was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins working on sensitivity analyses addressing measurement error in propensity score models and estimating the impact of gun policy. As a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, Dr. Rudolph will focus on applying causal inference approaches to evaluating policy/program interventions designed to improve urban health. Kara received an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University and B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan. When she’s not analyzing data, Kara is probably making ice cream, gardening, or finding beautiful places to hike with her husband, William.