Kenneth B. Schechtman, PhD
Kenneth B. Schechtman, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, is honored as a distinguished educator for graduate students.
Schechtman is a highly experienced biostatistician with expertise in the design and analysis of clinical trials. The course master for three biostatistics courses, he is well-known among students and faculty for his gift of translating complicated statistical concepts into engaging lectures that are understood by both biologists and clinicians. His laboratory sessions are individualized for each student, with concepts flowing logically from one topic to another, and his students note his unsurpassed communication skills and enthusiastic support for career development.
In research projects and in the classroom, Schechtman mentors students from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities and consistently demonstrates how to apply statistical concepts to real-life data analysis while also teaching the fine art of methodology and grant writing.He is a founding member of the Research Forum in Child Health, a campus initiative focused on facilitating early career funding efforts of Washington University faculty. He also serves as co-director of the Research Design and Biostatistics Core of the Washington University Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences and is the director of the Consulting Services Facility of the Division of Biostatistics. His expertise in the design of clinical trials and the analysis of the resulting data has resulted in Schechtman serving as principal investigator of the data coordinating center or biostatistics subcontract for several multicenter National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trials. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles.In 2010, he received the Faculty of the Year Award from the Division of Biostatistics.
Schechtman earned his doctoral degree at Washington University and joined the faculty in 1983.