Morton is internationally recognized in the use of statistics and data science to help patients make better healthcare decisions. She has been involved in projects across a wide range of clinical and societal topics such as back pain, healthcare quality, homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse. She has collaborated on numerous patient-centered comparative effectiveness research projects, including observational studies and pragmatic trials. Her methodological research focuses on evidence synthesis, particularly the aggregation of studies via meta-analysis.
Morton joined the College of Science at Virginia Tech as Dean in 2016. Previously, she was chair of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh, vice president for statistics and epidemiology at RTI International, and head of the RAND Corporation Statistics Group. Morton served as president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and is a Fellow of the ASA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received the Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences in 2017.
Morton holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences, a master’s degree in operations research, and a doctoral degree in statistics, all from Stanford University, as well as a master’s degree in statistics from the London School of Economics.