Kara Rudolph, PhD, MHS

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
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Kara Rudolph is an epidemiologist with research interests in developing and applying causal inference methods to understand social and contextual influences on mental health, substance use, and violence in disadvantaged, urban areas of the United States. Her current work focuses on developing methods for transportability and mediation, and subsequently applying those methods to understand how aspects of the school and peer environments mediate relationships between neighborhood factors and adolescent drug use across populations. More generally, her work on generalizing/ transporting findings from study samples to target populations and identifying subpopulations most likely to benefit from interventions contributes to efforts to optimally target available policy and program resources. She completed a PhD in Epidemiology and an MHS in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 2005 University of Michigan
  • MPH, 2008 Johns Hopkins University
  • MHS, 2013 Johns Hopkins University
  • PhD, 2014 Johns Hopkins University


Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Community Health
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use
  • Urban Health