Carnegie Mellon University

Robin  Mejia

Robin Mejia

Assistant Research Professor

  • BH 129D
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


In 1997, I earned a BA in biology from UC Santa Cruz, after which I worked as a science journalist for outlets including Science, the Washington Post, Wired, and Mother Jones for over a decade. In 2005, I produced an award-winning documentary for CNN. In 2010, I went back to school, earning an MPH in epidemiology (2012) and PhD in biostatistics (2016) from UC Berkeley. In my work, I combine the skills I acquired in all stages of my education and career to tackle problems related to my longstanding interests in disparities in health outcomes and health care access, as well as statistical issues related to criminal justice.

Current projects include:

  • Conducting a massive online survey to collect data on the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Analyzing factors related to COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
  • Analyzing disparities in health care utilization during the pandemic
  • Improving statistical training in the forensic sciences
  • Assessing testing and quality procedures at forensic laboratories
  • Writing a book on statistical analyses used in human rights investigations