Joseph C. Cappelleri

Pfizer – Global Research and Development

Phone: (860) 389-8107

Research Interests

Meta Analysis, Psychometry and Epidemiology


Joseph C. Cappelleri earned his MS in statistics from the City University of New York (Baruch College), PhD in psychometrics from Cornell University, and MPH in epidemiology from Harvard University. Dr. Cappelleri is an executive director of biostatistics in the Statistical Research and Data Science Center at Pfizer Inc, where he is the recipient of the Craig A. Saxton Clinical Development Excellence Award. As an adjunct professor, he has served on the faculties at Brown University (biostatistics), Tufts Medical Center (medicine), and the University of Connecticut (statistics). He has served on the executive council of the New England Statistical Society, where he has chaired the Chernoff Excellence in Statistics Award. Among the most published and prolific authors in the history of Pfizer and the pharmaceutical industry, he has co-authored about 500 publications and 1000 external presentations on clinical and methodological topics, including on regression-discontinuity designs, meta-analysis, and health measurement scales. Dr. Cappelleri is the lead author of the book “Patient-Reported Outcomes: Measurement, Implementation and Interpretation” and has co-authored or co-edited three other books (“Design and Analysis of Subgroups with Biopharmaceutical Applications,” “Statistical Topics in Health Economics and Outcomes Research,” “Phase II Clinical Development of New Drugs”). He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Courses and Seminars

Since 2003, Dr. Cappelleri has been teaching the “Introduction to Epidemiology” course at UConn every academic year.

In addition, he has delivered seminars on patient-reported outcomes and meta-analysis at UConn and has also interacted with faculty and students there.