Joe Cavanaugh

Department of Biostatistics Head
American Statistical Association Fellow

Research interests 

  • Dentistry
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Injury prevention
  • Modeling diagnostics
  • State-space models

Selected publications

  • Marshall, T. A., Curtis, A. M., Cavanaugh, J. E., Warren, J. J., Levy, S. M. (2021). Beverage intakes and toothbrushing during childhood are associated with caries at age 17 years. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 121(2), 253-260. PMID: 33109505.
  • Simmering, J. E., Polgreen, L. A., Cavanaugh, J. E., Erickson, B. A., Suneja, M., Polgreen, P. M. (2021). Warmer weather and the risk of urinary tract infections in women. The Journal of Urology, 205(2), 500-506. PMID: 32945727.
  • Ramirez, M., Flores, J., Cheng, G., Peek-Asa, C. & Cavanaugh, J. E. (2021). Approach to analyzing correlated contextual factors: An application for studies on violence. Injury Prevention, Online ahead of print. PMID: 33397793.
  • Marshall, T. A., Curtis, A. M., Cavanaugh, J. E., Warren, J. J. & Levy, S. M. (2020). Identification of and associations among low, middle, and high body composition trajectories from age 5- to 17-years. Children, 7(10), 192. PMID: 33092036.
  • Carter, K. D., Cavanaugh, J. E. (2020). Best-subset model selection based on multitudinal assessments of likelihood improvements. Journal of Applied Statistics, 47, 2384-2420. DOI:
  • Curtis, A. M., Levy, S. M., Cavanaugh, J. E., Warren, J. J., Kolker, J. L. & Weber-Gasparoni, K. (2020). Decline in dental fluorosis severity during adolescence: A cohort study. Journal of Dental Research, 99(4), 388-394. PMID: 32091961.
  • Miller, A. C., Comellas, A. P., Hornick, D. B., Stoltz, D. A., Cavanaugh, J. E., Gerke, A. K., Welsh, M. J., Zabner, J. & Polgreen, P. M. (2020). Cystic fibrosis carriers are at increased risk for a wide range of cystic fibrosis-related conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(3), 1621-1627. PMID: 31882447.
  • Singh, S., Hornick, D., Fedler, J., Launspach, K. L., Teresi, M. E., Santacroce, T. R., Cavanaugh, J. E., Horan, R., Nelson, G., Starner, T. D., Zabner, J. & Durairaj, L. (2020). Randomized controlled study of airosolized hypertonic xylitol versus hypertonic saline in hospitalized patients with pulmonary exacerbation of cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 19(1), 108-113. PMID: 31327670.
  • Flores, J. E., Cavanaugh, J. E. (In Press). Akaike Information Criterion. In B. Frey (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Research Design. (Second Edition), pp. To appear. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
  • Cavanaugh, J. E. (2020). Chaloner, Kathryn M. In Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. pp. 1-4. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/9781118445112.stat08252.

Selected grants and contracts

  • Winokur, Patricia (Principal Investigator), Cavanaugh, Joseph E (Statistician) Grant University of Iowa Clinical and Translational Science Award. Sponsored by National Institutes of Health. Funded. March 30, 2018 - February 28, 2023.
  • Casteel, Carri (Principal Investigator), Cavanaugh, Joseph E (Statistician) Grant Implementation of a Medication Care Plan to Reduce Unintentional Injury among Rural Older Adults. Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Funded. September 30, 2018 - September 29, 2022.
  • Peek-Asa, Corinne (Principal Investigator), Cavanaugh, Joseph E. (Co-Investigator) Grant iCREATE: Increasing Capacity in Research in Eastern Europe. Sponsored by National Institutes of Health. Funded. May 26, 2005 - August 31, 2021.
  • Heimer, Karen (Principal Investigator), Cavanaugh, Joseph E (Statistician) Grant Link for Schools: A System to Prevent Violence and its Adverse Impacts. Sponsored by US Department of Justice. Funded. January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2020.
  • Cavanaugh, Joseph E (Principal Investigator) Grant Anti-bullying Laws and Youth Violence in the United States. Sponsored by University of Minnesota/CDC. Funded. September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2020.
  • Peek-Asa, Corinne (Principal Investigator), Cavanaugh, Joseph E. (Co-Investigator) Grant Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center. Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control. Funded. August 1, 2012 - July 31, 2019.
  • Zamba, Gideon (Principal Investigator), Cavanaugh, Joseph (Co-Investigator) Contract Iowa Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics. Sponsored by National Institutes of Health. Funded. February 15, 2016 - January 31, 2019.
Research areas
  • Biostatistics
  • Categorical data analysis
  • Linear models
  • Model selection
  • Time series analysis
Joe Cavanaugh
Contact Information

University of Iowa
N312 College of Public Health Building (CPHB)
145 North Riverside Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States