Mari Palta directs and collaborates in several different research projects, and has an over-riding interest in evaluating and developing methodology. Her statistical methods research has addressed longitudinal models with measurement error, confounding and missing data, and the analysis of preference scored health outcomes.

Mari Palta

She has been the principal investigator of two epidemiologic cohort studies of very low birth weight and diabetes which continue to generate spin-off studies and new analyses.

Palta was a faculty member in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Iowa from 1979 to1982, and a scientist in the Biostatistics Center at the University of Wisconsin, from 1982 to 1987. She has been a faculty member at the UW-Madison since 1987 and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Population Health Sciences, and Biostatistics and Medical Informatics.


  • University of Lund, Sweden, BS, mathematics, mathematical physics and English
  • University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, MS
  • University of Minnesota, PhD, biostatistics and epidemiology