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Xiaoyue Maggie Niu

Xiaoyue Maggie Niu

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  • Research Associate
323E Thomas
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.


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

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

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

Faculty Consultant, Statistical Consulting Center, Penn State University, August 2011- June 2014

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

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • J. Miksis-Olds, D. Bradley, and X. Niu. “Decadal trends in Indian Ocean ambient sound” to appear in 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

  • Multivariate analysis,covariance estimation
  • Latent variable models, copula models
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Social network and relational data analysis
  • Global health
  • Statistical applications

Honors and Awards

  • Consortium PI, “Improving Patient Safety Through Simulation Research”, AHRQ, January 2014 to June 2015.
  • Co-PI, “Develop a hierarchical model for estimating health indicators across countries”, World Health Organization, October 2014 to November 2015.
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