Melissa Begg

Melissa Begg

Melissa Dowd Begg serves as Professor of Biostatistics at CUIMC and Vice Provost for Academic Programs at Columbia University. She received her ScD in Biostatistics from Harvard University. As Vice Provost, her office oversees university accreditation, approval processes for all new educational programs university-wide, educational agreements with domestic and international partner institutions, cross-school fellowships and awards, the support of interdisciplinary research and teaching, selected faculty leadership development programs, and the regular review of schools and institutes at Columbia. Begg served as co-director of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from NIH, from 2006 through 2018. Her areas of research focus include: advancing interdisciplinary science, training, and mentorship; graduate health professional education; and biostatistical methods in mental and oral health research. She has developed and directed a number of NIH-funded training programs, including two career development programs to promote diversity: one aimed at college undergraduates, introducing them to careers in the public health sciences (the BEST Program); and one aimed at diverse junior faculty, providing grant-writing advice, career support, and mentorship (the PRIDE Program). Another of her programs offered mentorship in comparative effectiveness research methods to junior and mid-level faculty (the IMMERSE in CER Program). Begg received the university-wide Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Mailman School Teaching Award from the Graduating Class in 2006. In 2012, she was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and received the Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award in Biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health.