The Section for Statistical Programmers and Analysts promotes discussions of

  • Programming concepts, theories, and techniques that are used for statistical analysis
  • Activities and pre-analysis tasks (e.g., data management) that affect statistical programming
  • Career paths and opportunities


SSPA events at JSM 2023:

SSPA Executive Officers meeting

  • 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 6

Intercontinental Toronto Centre

Room: I - Visionary 

Topic-Contributed Paper Session 

  • 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM on Monday, August 7

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Room: CC-717B

Leveraging Innovative Methods and Tools for Interactive Quantitative Safety and Benefit-Risk Assessment

Chair: Melvin Munsaka


    1. A New Perspective on Visualization of Laboratory Data using elaborator - Erya Huang, Bayer HealthCare
    2. Advanced Visual Analytics for Drug Safety Review - Neetu Sangari
    3. Bayesian Benefit Risk Analysis Using the brisk R Package - Richard Payne
    4. Quantitative Benefit-Risk Assessments: Demonstration of Innovative Methods and Tools through a Case Study - Sai Dharmarajan, FDA

Invited Panel Session

  • 8:30 AM - 10:20 AM on Tuesday, August 8

Metro Toronto Convention Centre 

Room: CC-206C

Decentralized Trials – It Takes Community Based Approach, Are we Really Making Progress?

Chair: Douglas Landsittel, Indiana University

Ryan Gryder, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Laura Hatfield, Harvard Medical School
Margaret Gamalo, Pfizer
Theodore Lystig 

Organizer:  Vipin Arora, Eli Lilly and Company

Contributed Poster Presentation

  • 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM on Tuesday, August 8

Metro Toronto Convention Centre 

Room: CC-Hall E

Chair: Jacob Bien

Data Analytical Methods to Inform the Process of the American Board Family Medicine Certification - Sarah Fleischer

SSPA Mixer

  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 8

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Room: CC-201A 

Invited Panel Session

  • 8:30 AM - 10:20 AM on Thursday, August 10

Metro Toronto Convention Centre 

Room: CC-714B 

Academic and Industry Collaborations – what have we learnt and how to take it to the next level?

Chair: Vipin Arora, Eli Lilly and Company

David Allison, Indiana University
Lehana Thabane, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
William Brenneman 
Wei Shen, Eli Lilly and Company

Organizer:  Vipin Arora, Eli Lilly and Company

Other Information:

The ASA’s Section on Statistical Programmers and Analysts (SSPA) invites students to apply for:
SSPA Conference Grant Program for Students and Recent Graduates: A grant program to pay the primary registration fees for section members who have recently graduated and who want to attend an ASA conference. 

Requirements for both applications and details can be found here.

2023 AISPAA Awardee

Message from Vipin Arora- 2023 SSPA Chair

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jacob Bien as the winner of the AISSPA Innovation Award!!

Dr. Jacob Bien is a Dean's Associate Professor in Business Administration in the Department of Data Sciences and Operations at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Bien has made outstanding contributions, including R packages supporting his statistics papers (around 25 R packages). However, what truly distinguishes Dr. Bien from many other statisticians are two major software development projects: "simulator" and "litr" R packages. A common thread between these two R packages is that they are designed to increase the quality of code written by statisticians and to facilitate the process of writing high-quality code. This speaks directly to the three categories considered for the award by the SSPA Award committee (Improvement in software tools for statistical programming and analytics, Methodology to improve the efficiency of statistical programming and analytics and outstanding contributions to the community of statistical programmers and analysts).

In summary, Dr. Bien's contributions have benefited the statistical community and the public in general. On behalf of SSPA, I also want to thank Prof Daniela Witten, Professor, and Dorothy Gilford, Endowed Chair Departments of Statistics & Biostatistics, University of Washington, for taking the time to nominate Dr. Bien!

2023 Activities

The SSPA officers meet the first Friday of each month at 11:00 am Central. 

  1. A Charter amendment has been proposed to handle the situation when an elected Executive Committee member
    of SSPA (referred as an officer) is not able to continue in their role.
    • The amendment is currently under review by officers until the end of June 11.
    • Following the officers’ review, it will be sent to SSPA members for review, which will last for two weeks.
  2. Dhuly Chowdhury is appointed as SSPA nominated officer.
  3. JSM-related: The list of SSPA-sponsored or co-sponsored sessions (invited, contributed, and poster) included in the JSM program is available. 


    • SSPA provides a venue for us statistical programmers to discuss interests, share experiences, knowledge and challenges, and support each other across organizations, career stages and geographic locations.
    • Joining SSPA is an investment in my career and provides a solid platform to me for interacting effectively with peers.
    • SSPA increases awareness of our roles in the entire statistical and analytics community.

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