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J. Lynn Palmer is an American biostatistician known for her research on missing data and on treatment of cancer.[1]

Education and careerEdit

Palmer studied sociology as an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University, earned a bachelor's degree there in 1976, and stayed on for a master's degree in 1978. After being inspired by the statistics classes she took in her graduate program, she earned a second master's degree at Oklahoma State in statistics in 1980. She completed her Ph.D. in biometry in 1988, at the University of Texas School of Public Health.[1]

She worked at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for many years, and in 2013 became director of programs for the American Statistical Association.[1]


In 2010 Palmer was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[2] She became president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics for the 2012 term.[3] She is also an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Gotherman, Melissa (March 1, 2013), "ASA Welcomes Lynn Palmer, Director of Programs", AMSTAT News, American Statistical Association, retrieved 2019-01-07
  2. ^ ASA Fellows list, American Statistical Association, retrieved 2019-01-07
  3. ^ Presidents 1971–2017 (PDF), Caucus for Women in Statistics, retrieved 2019-01-07