Sally Morton

Dean of the College of Science

  • Lay Nam Chang Dean's Chair
  • Professor of Statistics

Morton joined the College of Science at Virginia Tech in July 2016 as Dean.

Previously, Morton served as chair of the Department of Biostatistics in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. There, she directed the Comparative Effectiveness Research Center in the Health Policy Institute and held appointments in the university’s Clinical and Translation Science Institute, Department of Statistics, and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Morton’s research focuses on evidence synthesis and patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, Morton served as vice president for statistics and epidemiology at RTI International and was head of the RAND Corporation Statistics Group.

Morton has served as president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and chair of Section U (Statistics) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she is a Fellow of both organizations. She is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. Morton received the ASA’s Founder’s Award and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Craig Award for Teaching Excellence, and was the Lowell Reed Invited Lecturer for the American Public Health Association.

She is a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Methodology Committee, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Center Program Methods Steering Committee. She also has served on several National Academy of Medicine committees, the Census Scientific Advisory Committee, and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics. 

Morton holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences, a master’s degree in operations research, and a doctoral degree in statistics, all from Stanford University, as well as a master’s degree in statistics from the London School of Economics.

Sally Morton
  • 540-231-6394
  • scmorton@vt.edu
  • College of Science Office of the Dean (0405)
    North End Center, Suite 4300
    Blacksburg, VA 24061