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Sally Morton

Executive Vice President & Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
Exec Vice Pres & Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7205
Biography: 

Sally C. Morton is a statistician and the executive vice president of Arizona State University’s Knowledge Enterprise. In that role, she advances the university’s research priorities and drives corporate engagement, economic development, global initiatives, strategic partnerships, and technology transfer on behalf of the university.

Dr. Morton’s career has spanned academia and industry. She most recently served as dean of the Virginia Tech College of Science and interim director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, also at Virginia Tech. She has also held leadership roles at the University of Pittsburgh, as chair of the Biostatistics Department; at RTI International, as vice president for statistics and epidemiology; and at the RAND Corporation as head of the statistics group.

Dr. Morton is recognized globally in the use of data science in healthcare. She has a particular focus on patient-centered outcomes research: solving problems that patients themselves identify, to improve healthcare systems and allow patients, their families and providers make better health care decisions. She has been involved in projects across a wide range of topics, including healthcare quality, homelessness, mental health and substance abuse.

Her expertise as a statistician includes evidence synthesis, meta-analysis and patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. She was the 2009 president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and 2013 chair of the statistics section 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).

Dr. Morton received a PhD in statistics from Stanford University, where she also earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees, and she holds an MSc in statistics from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Morton is a professor in the College of Health Solutions and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and she holds the Florence Ely Nelson Chair. She joined ASU in February 2021.

Education: 

Ph.D., Statistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA                                 

M.Sc. (with distinction), Statistics, London School of Economics, London    

M.S., Operations Research, Stanford University                                                   

B.S. (with distinction), Mathematical Sciences, Stanford University            

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