Michigan Public Health Dean F. DuBois Bowman elected American Statistical Association VP

F. DuBois Bowman

University of Michigan School of Public Health Dean F. DuBois Bowman has been elected to serve as vice president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) beginning January 1, 2025.

Bowman will lead the ASA alongside newly elected president Jeri Mulrow, vice president and sector lead for data solutions at Westat, who will serve a one-year term as president-elect beginning January 1, 2025, and then become president of the ASA in 2026.

“This is an exciting moment for statisticians to lead on some of our most pressing issues in society, including rapidly evolving AI technologies, climate change, combating misinformation, and more,” said Bowman, who is also the Roderick J. Little Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at Michigan Public Health. 

Bowman’s research program mines massive data sets and has important implications for mental and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. His work also explores the impact of environmental exposures on brain function and structure in youth. His research has helped reveal brain patterns that reflect disruption from psychiatric diseases, detect biomarkers for neurological diseases, and determine more individualized therapeutic treatments. 

Bowman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College, a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2000, he joined the Department of Biostatistics in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as an assistant professor and rose through the ranks to professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in 2013. From 2014-2018, Bowman was chair of the Department of Biostatistics in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where he served as the Cynthia and Robert Citrone-Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Professor of Biostatistics. 

Bowman is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a fellow of the ASA, and a past president of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. He is a member of the editorial board for the Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application and has served as associate editor of both Biometrics and the Journal of the American Statistical Association.

“I look forward to working with colleagues and peers across the ASA to position the field of statistical science as a changemaker and influencer across a range of disciplines and key issues,” Bowman said.