Joe Cavanaugh to present the 2022 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Published on August 31, 2022

“Reassessing Health Sciences Research: Moving Beyond p-Values and Statistical Significance”

When: November 2, 2022, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Where: Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB) and Zoom (link will be shared closer to event date)

Joe Cavanaugh

Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh has been named the 2022 College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. He is the head of the Department of Biostatistics in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, where he has worked since 2003.

Dr. Cavanaugh received a BS in computer science and a BS in mathematics from Montana Technological University in 1986. He received an MS in statistics from Montana State University in 1988, and a PhD in statistics from the University of California – Davis, in 1993. Prior to his tenure at Iowa, he was on the faculty of the Department of Statistics at the University of Missouri – Columbia for ten years. 

Dr. Cavanaugh has published more than 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 50 of which feature methodological research contributions to statistics and biostatistics. His applied, interdisciplinary research contributions span a wide range of fields, including cardiology, gerontology, health services utilization, immunology, oncology, pharmacy, psychiatry, school violence, and sports medicine. He has made numerous contributions to the areas of infectious diseases epidemiology and injury prevention.

He is an Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. Dr. Cavanaugh has supervised 19 doctoral dissertations and 39 master’s projects. He has received several awards for teaching and mentoring, including the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Missouri, the College of Public Health Faculty Teaching Award at the University of Iowa, and the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion for Faculty Excellence.

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