Melissa Pfeiffer, MPH
Biostatistician II

Melissa Pfeiffer, MPH is a Biostatistician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention.


Melissa Pfeiffer is an MPH-trained epidemiologist with over 20 years of experience in public health research and disease surveillance. As a Biostatistician at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she has been on staff since 2017 and a consultant for six years prior to that, with primary responsibilities in data linkage, management, and analysis.

Ms. Pfeiffer’s recent research projects include the linkage of statewide administrative New Jersey data, including crash, licensing, and hospital records, to each other and other sources to create the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Data Warehouse. Ms. Pfeiffer has primary responsibility for continued linkages to and data management of this database. Additionally, she contributes to research efforts regarding concussions among youth, such as points of entry into care.

Ms. Pfeiffer’s expertise includes the linkage and management of large and complex databases, including those maintained for surveillance and reporting purposes and those that serve primarily administrative functions. She has extensive experience conducting and evaluating probabilistic and deterministic linkages using software such as LinkSolv, QualityStage, and SAS. She became a SAS-certified base programmer in 2003 and earned a SAS advanced programmer certificate in 2011. She has taught SAS classes at universities and public health departments and has written papers for SAS user group conferences.

Prior to joining CIRP, Ms. Pfeiffer worked for the New Mexico Department of Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (Epidemiology), 1998

BA, Tufts University (Anthropology), 1993

Biostatistician II, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Pubmed ID:Melissa Pfeiffer, MPH

Curry AE, Pfeiffer MR, Metzger KB, Carey ME, Cook LJ. Development of the Integrated New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Data Warehouse: Catalysing Advancements in Injury Prevention Research. Inj Prev. 2021.

McDonald CC, Pfeiffer MR, Robinson RL, Arbogast KB, Master CL. Telephone Triage in Pediatric Head Injury: Follow-up Patterns and Subsequent Diagnosis of Concussion. Clin Nurs Res. 2020.

Joyce NR, Pfeiffer MR, Zullo AR, Ahluwalia JS, Curry AE. Individual and Geographic Variation in Driver's Suspension: Evidence of Disparities by Race, Ethnicity, and Income. Journal of Transport and Health. 2020.

Master CL, Curry AE, Pfeiffer MR, et al. Characteristics of Concussion in Elementary School-Aged Children: Implications for Clinical Management. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020.

Contact Information
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, 2716 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146