Catherine Sugar


Catherine Sugar is an Associate Professor In-Residence in the Departments of Biostatistics (UCLA School of Public Health) and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences (Geffen School of Medicine). She is also the director of SIStat, the biostatistics core for UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and of the Data Core for the VISN 22 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center at the VA. ┬áDr. Sugar received her B.A. in Mathematics from Pomona College in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Statistics in 1998 from Stanford University, where her dissertation work involved the development of health state models with applications to psychiatric disorders including depression and schizophrenia. Her areas of methodological expertise include clustering, classification and functional data analysis, all techniques for finding patterns in high-dimensional or longitudinal data. She has a wide range of applied interests including pshychiatry, HIV/AIDS, dentistry, nephrology, and health services research. Dr. Sugar directs the statistics and data cores for multiple major neuroscience centers at UCLA including the NIH roadmap Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics; the Center for Neurocognition and Emotion in Schizophrenia; the Consortium on the Genetics of Endophenotypes and Schizophrenia; CIDAR: Translational Research to Enhance Cognitive Control; and the Autism Intervention Network on Behavioral Health.