Professor A. James O’Malley is the recipient of the 2019 ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) Award for Excellence in Methodology in Health Economics and Outcomes Research

James O'Malley of The Dartmouth Institute photographed in Hanover, New Hampshire on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Copyright 2017 Robert C Strong II

The award is given to an exceptional paper that advances the field of health economics and outcomes research and is expected to have a substantial impact on the field with anticipated wide acceptance and application by others. Professor O’Malley’s paper, "Modeling a Bivariate Residential-Workplace Neighborhood Effect when Estimating the Effect of Proximity to Fast-Food Establishments on Body Mass Index,” developed new statistical methodology for studying the risk of geographical factors on a health outcome (e.g., increased body mass index). The paper, published in Statistics in Medicine (, was co-authored with researchers from Dartmouth (Todd MacKenzie, Jinyoung Byun), Partners Health Care System (Jason Block) and Harvard School of Public Health (Peter James, SV Subramanian) and was part of a major study on the relationship of the proximity of food establishments to obesity. Dr. O’Malley will receive his award in May at the ISPOR conference in New Orleans.

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