Dr. Joan S. Reisch earned MS and PhD degrees in Mathematical Statistics at SMU. She returned to UT Southwestern in 1974 as a faculty member in the Department of Medical Computer Science and as a member of the Biometrics group in the Medical Computing Resources Center (the predecessor of Academic Computing Services). She continued her consulting responsibilities after she assumed management of the Biometrics group in 1976. She accepted the position of Acting Director of Academic Computing Services (ACS)in 1988 and was named Director the following year. As ACS Director she had responsibility for professional statisticians and database management systems personnel. In December 2003 she was named Assistant Director of the new Center for Biostatistics and Clinical Science with Dr. Milton Packer as Director. When the Department of Clinical Sciences was established in January 2007, she headed the Division of Biostatistics in the Department. Currently the group consists of 19 faculty and 5 Masters level biostatisticians. Dr. Reisch serves as a statistical consultant for the University and for multi-center studies both current and in the past. Dr. Reisch has directed the Statistics and Data Management Core for the Alzheimers Disease Center at UT Southwestern since 1988. Her expertise is recognized as a frequent reviewer for the National Institutes of Aging in NIH. In 2006 UT Southwestern was awarded the contract for the Data Coordinating Center for the Texas Alzheimer's Research Center which is led by Dr. Reisch; the contract was renewed for the biennium beginning September 1, 2007. Dr. Reisch has provided instruction and training since 1974. She teaches the Mathematical Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators course in the fall; and is responsible for the second semester of the Conceptual Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators in the spring. She also coordinates an elective in Critical Reading of the Literature offered several times each year to senior medical students. Dr. Reisch has served on more than 27 committees for M.S. and doctoral students primarily in Clinical Psychology and chaired committees for two PhDs awarded in Medical Computer Science. She has a broad background in reviewing protocols and manuscripts for appropriateness of experimental design and statistical analyses. Relevant University service includes 25 years on the Institutional Review Board for Human Research. Dr. Reisch participates on a variety of other University committees including DSMB's. She served as the Statistical Review Editor for Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal from 1983 to 2000. Dr. Reisch is a co-author of more than 90 articles and chapters plus abstracts, book reviews, and proceedings.


Graduate School
Southern Methodist University (1965), Statistics
Graduate School
Southern Methodist University (1974), Statistics

Research Interest

  • Computing in statistical data analysis
  • Design of Clinical Trials
  • Teaching Biostatistics in the Health Sciences


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Staging Dementia with Clinical Dementia Rating Scale Sum of Boxes Scores
O’Bryant SE, Cullum CM, Hall J, Lacritz L, Massman PJ, Lupo PJ, Reisch JS, Doody R. Archives of Neurology 2008
Acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure: results of a United States Multicenter Prospective Study
Larson AM, Polson J, Fontana RJ, Davern TJ, Lalani E, Hynan LS, Reisch JS Sciodt FV, Ostapowics G, Shakil AO, Lee WM and the Acute Liver Failure Study Group Hepatology 2005 42 1364-72
Reliability of gross motor function measure and pulmonary functions tests in pediatric spinal muscular atrophy
Iannaccone ST, Hynan LS, Rabb K, Carman D, Gordon J, Harris K, Morton A, Reisch J, Smith J, Webster JC, Goldsmith C, Schochet P, Luckett P, Wong B, Samaha F, Fritch A, Rusman B, Zilke K, Leshner R, Mayhew J, Smith S, Stout JL Arch Neurol 2003 60 1130-6
Synapse loss may be a minor contributor to decreased regional cerebral blood flow in Alzheimer disease
Bigio EH, Reisch JS, White III CL, Satumtira SSontag E, Bonte FJ Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 2003 15(2) 72-8
Infection and the Progression to Deep Hepatic Encephalopathy in early acute liver failure
Vacquero J, Polson J, Chung C, Helenowski I, Schiodt FV, Reisch JS, Lee WM, Blei AT Gastroenterology 2003 125 2539-43

Honors & Awards

  • Member
    Sigma Xi (1975)
  • Fellow
    Texas Academy of Science (1968)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Statistical Association
  • Society For Clinical Trials
  • The Biometric Society