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About this Program: The Research Team

Catherine Schaefer, PhD

Catherine Schaefer, PhD is the Director of the Kaiser Permanente Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health. She joined the Division of Research (DOR), Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, as a Research Scientist in 1989.

Dr. Schaefer was trained as an epidemiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and received postdoctoral training in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Yale University. In collaboration with Dr. Risch, Dr. Selby, Ms. Rowell, and others at DOR, she has been engaged in developing and implementing plans for the Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health as a resource for new research focused on genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenetics of many diseases.

Dr. Schaefer's research interests center on the epidemiology of psychiatric and neurologic disorders. She is currently directs several NIH-funded projects focused on the role of genetic and environmental factors in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and multiple sclerosis. She is currently completing a study of genetic factors in response to antidepressants, and is involved in several studies of the influences of early life, including prenatal exposures, on subsequent adult health.