Susan M. Paddock

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Susan Paddock is a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation. Her research includes developing innovative statistical methods, with a focus on Bayesian methods, hierarchical (multilevel) modeling, longitudinal data analysis, missing data techniques, and nonparametric Bayes. She is the Principal Investigator of a project sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to improve the science of public reporting of healthcare provider performance. Paddock is the Principal Investigator of a project sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to develop methods for analyzing data arising from studies of group therapy–based interventions, particularly under open enrollment (rolling admissions) of clients into the group. She previously led a study sponsored by AHRQ to investigate statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal quality of care data for non-ignorable missing data. Paddock's substantive research interests include health services research, substance abuse treatment, drug policy, mental health, quality of health care, and health care provider performance assessment. She is the Co-Principal Investigator of a project to conduct analyses related to the Medicare Advantage Plan Ratings for Quality Bonus Payments. She was the project statistician for the external program evaluation of the quality of care provided by the Veterans Health Administration to patients with mental health conditions. Paddock has been involved with several evaluations of group cognitive behavioral therapy–based interventions for treating co-occurring depression in substance abuse treatment clients. She has previously been involved with research on developing, monitoring, and refining a prospective payment system for inpatient rehabilitation care for Medicare beneficiaries. Paddock previously led the RAND Statistics Group and has served on editorial boards for the Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Medical Care. Paddock is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and recipient of the 2013 Mid-Career Excellence Award from the Health Policy Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from Duke University.