Joan Hu
Professor of Statistics in Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.

Research Interests

  • Dr. Hu's statistical research has primarily been in methodological development for handling data with complex structures. Her contributions in the area include pseudo-likelihood based and estimating function approaches with supplementary information. Growing from her early work on incomplete event history data, such as censored/truncated lifetimes and panel counts, Dr. Hu's current interests are in various unconventional stochastic process data. Her on-going projects include analyses of longitudinal data with latent classes and marked point processes with spatial correlations.
  • Dr. Hu has collaborated with investigators from a variety of research fields, including HIV/AIDS, cancer, public health, reliability, forest fire management, psychology, and political science. She enjoys identifying statistical problems from real-life projects and developing approaches to dealing with the issues. Her ongoing collaborative projects include the ones from the pediatric mental health program at University of Alberta and from the opioid agonist treatment (OAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) program at BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Brief Biography

  • Dr. Hu received her PhD in statistics at University of Waterloo in 1995 under the supervision of Jerry Lawless. Following her research experiences at Health Canada and Harvard School of Public Health, she was on the faculty at University of Memphis (1998-2003) and an adjunct faculty member at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (2000-2003). Dr. Hu joined Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 2003, and is now a Professor of Statistics. She has taught courses at all the levels at SFU, and participated in the development of biostatistics-related courses.
  • Dr. Hu obtained an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) (2016-2019), an NSERC University Faculty Award (2003-2008), the Frank Wilcoxon Prize of 1998 (jointly with JF Lawless and K Suzuki), and the Pierre Robillard Award of 1996. She is an American Statistical Association (ASA) fellow and an elected International Statistical Institute (ISI) member. Dr. Hu is currently an Editor-in-Chief of Statistics in Biosciences (2021-present), an Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Statistics (2022-present) and Lifetime Data Analysis (2010-present). She has served on the editorial boards as an AE for Canadian Journal of Statistics (2010-2012), Statistical Papers (2011-2016), and Statistics in Biosciences (2009-2020). (full CV2021).

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