Laura Balzer is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She earned her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is on the development of optimal designs and estimators for causal effects with dependent data. Applications of her work include impact evaluation for HIV prevention and treatment strategies and understanding the neighborhood determinants of health. Laura is also passionate about teaching more advanced causal and statistical methods to applied audiences. Jointly with Dr. Maya Petersen, she was awarded the 2014 ASA’s Causality in Statistics Education Award.