Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
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

Focus of Work

Bio

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 qualit...[Read full text]
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.[Shorten text]

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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)