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Xiaoyue Maggie Niu

Xiaoyue Maggie Niu

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  • Associate Research Professor
323B Thomas Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-8127


  1. Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Washington, 2010
  2. M.S. in Applied Math, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2005
  3. B.S. in Financial Math, Peking University, 2003.


Associate Research Professor, Department of Statistics, Penn State University, July 2017-present

Managing Director, Statistical Consulting Center, Penn State University, August 2016-

Associate Director, Statistical Consulting Center, Penn State University, June 2014- July 2016

Research Associate and Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, Penn State University, August 2011-June 2017

Affiliated Faculty, Big Data Social Science (BDSS, an integrated education and research program in social data analytics), August 2011 - present

Senior Fellow, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, September 2010-July 2011

Selected Publications

  • X. Niu, and P.D. Hoff. “Joint Mean and Covariance Modeling of Multiple Health Outcomes”, to appear in The Annals of Applied Statistics
  • X. Niu and J.L. Rosenberger. “Near-Balanced Incomplete Block Designs, with An Application to Poster Competitions”, to appear in The American Statistician
  • S. Srinivasan, L. Easterling, B. Rimal, X. Niu, A. Conlan, P. Dudas, and V. Kapur, “Prevalence of Bovine Tuberculosis in India: a systematic review and meta-analysis”, to appear in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
  • C. Hodge, M. Duerden, E. Layland, A. Lacanienta, M. Goates, and X. Niu. “Family Leisure and Family Quality: A Meta-Analysis”, to appear in Journal of Leisure Research
  • X. Niu, A. Zhang, T. Brown, R. Puckett, M. Mahy, and L. Bao. “Incorporation of Hierarchical Structure into EPP Fitting with Examples of Estimating Sub-National HIV/AIDS Dynamics”, AIDS,31: S51-S59, 2017
  • D. Wilson., M.J. Dondlinger, J. Parsons, and X. Niu. “Exploratory Analysis of A Blended-learning Course Redesign for Developmental Writers”, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2017.
  • J. Miksis-Olds, D. Bradley, and X. Niu. “Decadal trends in Indian Ocean ambient sound”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2013.
  • P.D. Hoff, X. Niu, and J.A. Wellner. "Information bounds for Gaussian copulas", Bernoulli, 2012.
  • P.D. Hoff and X. Niu. "A Covariance Regression Model," Statistica Sinica 22(2): 729-753, 2012.
  • A.E. Raftery, X. Niu, P.D. Hoff, and K.Y. Yeung. "Fast Inference for the Latent Space Network Model Using a Case-Control Approximate Likelihood," Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 2011.
  • D. Calsyn, H. Baldwin, X. Niu, P. Crits-Christoph, and M. Hatch-Maillette. “Sexual Risk Behavior and Sex under the Influence: An Event Analysis of Men in Substance Abuse Treatment Who Have Sex with Women”. The American Journal on Addictions, 20(3):250-256, 2011

Research Interests

  • Network modeling
  • Small area estimation
  • (Hard-to-reach) Population size estimation
  • Statistical consulting

Honors and Awards

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, March 2017 to March 2018, “Small Area Estimation for HIV Key Population Size”. Role: Penn State PI
  • NIH/NIAID R01, September 2017-August 2022, “Estimation and Projection of HIV/AIDS epidemics”. Role: Co-investigator
  • The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), July 2016 to March 2018, “Development of Methods to Produce Fine Scale Estimates of HIV Epidemics”. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NIH/NIAID R56, August 2016 to July 2017, “Estimation and Projection of HIV/AIDS epidemics”. Role: Co-investigator.
  • AHRQ, January 2014 to April 2015. “Improving Patient Safety through Simulation Research”. Role: Penn State PI.
  • WHO, October 2014 to June 2015. “Develop a hierarchical model for estimating health indicators across countries”. Role: co-PI.
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