Maria Cuellar

Postdoctoral Researcher

Maria Cuellar is a postdoctoral researcher at the Penn Criminology Department. She has an MS in statistics, an MPhil in public policy, and a PhD in statistics and public policy, all from Carnegie Mellon University. She wrote her dissertation on deriving a nonparametric influence-function-based estimator for the probability of causation, a quantity that could be relevant to legal questions of causality. In her dissertation, she also argued that some of the reasoning in shaken baby syndrome trials should use the causes of effects framework instead of the effects of causes, as is currently done. Her advisors were the late Stephen Fienberg and Edward Kennedy. She also works with the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) on building a statistically sound foundation for the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence.