Ph.D., Research Scientist II, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente 

Catherine Schaefer, PhD, has been a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research since 1989. Dr. Schaefer trained as an epidemiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and she received postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology at Yale University. Dr. Schaefer’s primary research interests include the epidemiology of psychiatric and neurologic disorders, early antecedents of adult chronic disease, and genetic epidemiology. In collaboration with others at the Division of Research, and scientists at local universities, Dr. Schaefer is heading the effort to develop an applied genetic epidemiology program at the Division of Research. The program will serve as a resource for new research focused on the genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenetics of many diseases.


Research Biobanking in a Health Care Delivery System

Kaiser Permanente’s research biobank includes a diverse cohort of over 200,000 health plan volunteers. Genetic and other data derived from biospecimens and participant surveys are linked with comprehensive, longitudinal electronic health records to enable research on genetic and environmental determinants of many different diseases.  

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