Christopher Morrell, Ph.D.
- Academic Focus Mathematics and Statistics, Data Science
Christopher Morrell, Ph.D., was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and first came to the United States for graduate school; he earned his doctoral degree in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Morrell helped establish Loyola’s statistics major, M.S. in Data Science, and B.S. in Data Science—the first bachelor’s degree in the field in the State of Maryland. Now the director of the master's program in Data Science at Loyola, Dr. Morrell says he prefers Loyola’s smaller class sizes, which allow him to really get to know his students as individuals. Although he expects a high caliber of work from his students, he also keeps their personal needs in mind. Dr. Morrell’s statistical specialty involves linear mixed-effects models, which are used to analyze longitudinal data. He has worked with researchers at the National Institute on Aging and the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Sciences. His students might be surprised to learn he once served in the South African Army and that he sings in his church’s choir.
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