Sally C. Morton, PhD, is executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise at Arizona State University. In this capacity, she advances ASU’s research priorities and oversees activities related to KE’s operations, as well as its institutes and initiatives. She also helps expand the university’s economic development, international development, and corporate engagement and strategic partnership agendas while identifying and pursuing high-level research opportunities. Morton is a professor in the College of Health Solutions and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and holds the Florence Ely Nelson Chair.
Prior to joining ASU, Morton was dean of the College of Science and professor of statistics at Virginia Tech from 2016 to 2020, and interim director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute in 2019. Her methodological work focuses on evidence synthesis, particularly meta-analysis and patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. She has been involved in projects across a wide range of clinical and societal topics, such as back pain, healthcare quality, homelessness, mental health and substance abuse. From 2010 to 2016, Morton was chair of the Biostatistics Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the founding director of the Comparative Effectiveness Research Center in the Health Policy Institute. Prior to that, she was vice president for statistics and epidemiology at RTI International and head of the RAND Corporation Statistics Group.
Morton is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee and the Research Advisory Committee of the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research. At the National Academy of Medicine, she has chaired and served on committees addressing clinical practice guidelines, comparative effectiveness research prioritization, dietary guidelines, geographical variations in healthcare spending and systematic reviews. Additionally, Morton was a member of the Committee on National Statistics and the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Actively involved in the scientific and academic communities, Morton was the 2009 president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and 2013 chair of Section U (Statistics) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is a fellow of the ASA and of the AAAS and an elected member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology and the International Statistical Institute (ISI). Morton received the ASA Founders Award, the Janet L. Norwood Award and the ASA Founders Award and Health Policy Statistics Section Long-Term Excellence Award. She holds a PhD in statistics from Stanford University.