Rochelle E. Tractenberg

Dr. Tractenberg founded CRΘM in 2008 and directs it. She is a tenured professor in the Department of Neurology, with secondary appointments in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics, and Rehabilitation Medicine, in the Georgetown University Medical Center. She has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, proceedings entries, and editorials on research methodologies, outcomes, and analytic methods, as well as on teaching and learning in higher education. These publications include two authored, and one co-authored, contributions to the new Encyclopedia of Big Data (to be published by Springer, 2017). She is the author of two new books about ethical statistics and data science (forthcoming in 2022) and one book about the Mastery Rubric curriculum development and evaluation tool (forthcoming in 2022). Dr. Tractenberg oversaw biostatistical analysis and experimental design for the Georgetown General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) 2003-2006 as the Consulting Biostatistician; prior to coming to Georgetown in 2002, Dr. Tractenberg spent five years at the University of California at San Diego as a biostatistician and scientist within a national consortium of Alzheimer’s disease research centers after finishing a PhD (1997) in Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. During this period she completed an MPH degree with biostatistics and biometry emphases. She completed a five-year K01 mentored training grant (2006-2011) from NIA, studying latent variable modeling, measurement, and neuropsychology in aging, which supported her completion of a PhD (2009) in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation at the University of Maryland. She received a 3-year NSF grant to study a new training paradigm for the responsible conduct of research (2012-15); after serving on the ASA Committee for Professional Ethics 2013-2019 (Vice-Chair 2014-16; Chair 2017-19), she chaired the Working Groups on revising the ASA Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice 2014-16 and 2018. She co-Chairs the 2021 Working Group with the current COPE chair. Her areas of scholarly interest include statistical methodology as well as biomedical measurement, development and validation of outcomes, experimental design, and longitudinal analytic methodologies, particularly latent variable methods. She also has an active portfolio of research on higher education, specifically on ethical research and statistical practices, and on curriculum development and evaluation in higher, graduate, post-graduate and professional education. Dr. Tractenberg is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a “top 3% contributor” on, where her publications and talks relating to measurement and analysis, as well as those relating to higher education (curriculum development and evaluation, and training in research ethics), are available.