The Division of Biostatistics, established in 1966, provides biostatistical consultation in a wide range of areas including the statistical design of experiments and clinical trials, protocol development, database management, analysis of data and interpretation of results. Some of the areas of special strength and expertise include clinical trials, cardiovascular biostatistics, cancer biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, computing and statistical packages.  The level of experience and the area of expertise of each of the many faculty and staff members participating in consultation may be reviewed by visiting the Division of Biostatistics Faculty and Staff web site.  The division is well-equipped to provide assistance at the stage of preparing grant applications, including careful discussions and written sections on study design, sample size calculations, randomization schemes, computer resources and data analysis.  A number of our faculty have extensive experience on NIH study sections which can help in understanding what components of a proposal are looked at carefully by a review panel.

Organizations and services

The Biostatistics Consulting Service is a fee-for-service facility that provides assistance to investigators both within the University and outside.  Since this is an A-21 compliant facility, the cost of the service can be charged to grants under the ‘Other Expense’ category.  The facility is directed by Kenneth B. Schechtman, PhD, and all faculty and staff in the division participate in the consulting service.  The faculty and staff have a wide range of expertise and is matched to the specific needs of the investigator.

Consulting fees for WU investigators

The fees as of 04/1/21 are:
Consultation by a faculty or staff member: $100.00/hour.

Consulting fees for non-WU projects

The fees as of 04/1/21 are:
For studies where the investigators are not part of Washington University:
Consultation by a faculty or staff member: $150.00/hour.

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Contact information

Kenneth Schechtman, PhD, Director of the Biostatistics Consultation Service, can be reached at 314-362-2271 or  He will assess the investigator’s needs and assign a consultant based on those needs.

Any questions regarding billing or help requesting a consultation, contact the Project Manager, Rita Fulton, at 314-747-0829 or

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