Kara Rudolph

Kara Rudolph


I am postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. I'm funded by a NIDA K99 I wrote to develop methods to transport mediation effects from one population to another and apply them to understand how school characteristics mediate relationships between neighborhood factors and adolescent drug use. I graduated with a PhD (Epidemiology) and MHS (Biostatistics) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2014. Here is my CV.

Research Interests

My research interests are in applying causal inference methods to studying social and contextual influences on mental health and substance use in disadvantaged, urban areas of the United States. My thesis work examined effect heterogeneity in the association between living in a disadvantaged neighborhood and adolescent anxiety and depression. I was advised by Tom Glass and Liz Stuart.

I'm currently working with:

I've also worked closely with Michael Rosenblum and Ivàn Dìaz on evaluating simple estimators of an average treatment effect in the presence of effect heterogeneity, a double selection mechanism, and treatment bias; Kathleen Merikangas during my predoctoral fellowship at NIMH; and with Justin Lessler, Derek Cummings, and the Johns Hopkins ID dynamics group on estimating the incubation periods of various infectious diseases.

Previously, I worked at Altarum Institute in Washington, DC, evaluating and providing technical assistance to local, state, and federal maternal and child health programs, such as WIC, SNAP, and other early childhood initiatives. I also supported viral vaccine manufacturing at Merck. I received an MPH from Johns Hopkins in 2008 and a BS in biochemistry from the University of Michigan in 2005.



Composition or context: using transportability to understand drivers of site differences in a large-scale housing experiment. Epidemiology. 2017; In press. Rudolph KE, Schmidt NM, Crowder R, Galin J, Glymour MM, Ahern J, Osypuk TL.
Optimizing matching and analysis combinations for estimating causal effects. Sci Rep. 2016; 6: 23222. Colson KE, Rudolph KE, Zimmerman SC, Goin DE, Stuart EA, van der Laan, MJ, Ahern J.
Providing home visiting to high-risk pregnant and postpartum families: the development and evaluation of the MOMobile program. Zero to Three. 2014; 35(2): 40-8. Hadley B, Rudolph KE, Mogul M, Perry DF.
Incubation periods of viral gastroenteritis: a systematic review. BMC Infect Dis. 2013; 13(1): 446. Lee RM, Lessler J, Lee RA, Rudolph KE, Reich NG, Perl TM, Cummings DAT.

Under Review

Robust and flexible estimation of data-adaptive stochastic mediation effects: a proposed method and example in a randomized trial setting Rudolph KE, Sofrygin O, van der Laan MJ
Spikes in community violence increase deaths and hospital visits due to stress-responsive diseases Ahern J, Matthay EC, Goin DE, Farkas K, Rudolph KE
Predictors of community firearm violence Goin DE, Rudolph KE, Ahern J
Drought and Crime in California Goin DE, Rudolph KE, Ahern J.
Gun shows and firearm deaths and injuries in California: a quasi-experimental study of within-state and interstate associations Matthay EC, Galin J, Rudolph KE, Farkas K, Wintemute G, Ahern J
Repeal of Comprehensive Background Check Policies and Firearm Homicide Kagawa RMC, Castillo-Carniglia A, Vernick JS, Webster D, Shev A, Crifasi C, Rudolph KE, Cerda M, Wintemute GJ
Military service and health disparities: late life pulmonary function among US military veterans Vable AM, Kiang MV, Basu S, Rudolph KE, Kawachi I, Subramanian SV, Glymour MM


Department of Epidemiology

Department of Biostatistics