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David Cella

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor
Chair, Department of Medical Social Sciences


Areas of Focus

  • Patient-reported health outcomes
  • Health literacy and health disparities among diverse populations
  • Cancer communications and psychological issues of patients dealing with medical illness


  • Quality of life research: I have led the development of numerous item banks and instruments, intended for both normal and clinical populations including paper-and-pencil and computer-administered instruments.
  • Patient-reported outcome research: Ensuring ┬áthe voice of the patient is reflected in clinical care and clinical research, including areas of high-stakes decision-making, such as regulatory review, payer negotiations and individual clinical care. A major focus of many of these initiatives has been ensuring measurement sensitive to diverse populations including issues of health literacy and health disparities and developmentally sensitive measurement across the lifespan.