Kara Rudolph, PhD, MHS

  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology
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I am 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.

My current work focuses on developing and applying methods for transportability and mediation to understand mechanisms relevant for drug use disorder prevention and treatment in various target populations. More generally, my 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.

I 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

  • Associate 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