Bárbara González, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Bárbara González is the founding chair of the NIU Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Her current research focus is in Bayesian statistics. She has also published research in stochastic processes, random variable generation, visualization techniques, and mathematics education and leadership.
Before arriving at NIU, Bárbara was a faculty member at Hofstra University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Roosevelt University, where she was the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science.
Bárbara's Ph.D. and M.S. in statistics are from Cornell University, where she worked under the guidance of Professor Gennady Samorodnitsky. Her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in mathematics is from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela.
Gonzalez-Arévalo, B., and Huang, W. (2019). Modeling the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. In G. Karaali and L. S. Khadjavi (Eds.), Mathematics and social justice: Resources for the college classroom (pp. 171-181). Providence, RI: MAA Press.
Gonzalez-Arévalo, B., and Urbina-Romero, W. (2019). Using integral calculus to estimate income inequality by the use of the Gini coefficient. In G. Karaali and L. S. Khadjavi (Eds.), Mathematics and social justice: Resources for the college classroom (pp. 183-192). Providence, RI: MAA Press.
Kirsch, S., Meryash, D. L., and Gonzalez-Arévalo, B. (2018). Determinants of parent satisfaction with emergency or urgent care when the patient has autism. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(5), 365-375.