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.