David  Cella, PhD

David Cella, PhD

Chair, Department of Medical Social Sciences
Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) - Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes

Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor

Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics), Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences



Department of Medical Social Sciences
633 N. St. Clair
Suite 1900
Chicago IL 60611

d-cella( at )northwestern.edu

Education and Certification

PhD: Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine, Clinical Psychology (1984)
Internship: Loyola University Counseling Center, Psychology (1980)
Internship: Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, Psychology (1982)
Fellowship: Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, Psychiatry (1983)
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Psychiatry (1986)


Description of Interests

From 1987-1997, I built a clinical service and research program at Rush University with an emphasis on quality of life and outcome evaluation in cancer treatment research. I developed and am continually refining the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) Measurement System for outcome evaluation in patients with chronic medical conditions. I have focused my career studying questions regarding quality of life measurement in clinical trials, cross-cultural equivalence of quality of life measurement, efficacy of psychosocial interventions in oncology, and medical outcomes research. I am the principal investigator of the statistical coordinating center for the NIH Roadmap Initiative to build a Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS). I am also the principal investigator of a contract to develop item banks for the clinical trials supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Interests (Keywords)

Cancer Communications; Health Disparities; Outcome measures; Patient reported outcomes; Psychological issues of patients dealing with medical illness; Psychometrics; Quality of Life

Research and Publications

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