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Catherine Calder

Faculty ScholarsPh.D., Statistics, Duke University

Professor, Department Chair, Statistics and Data Sciences
Catherine Calder



Bayesian methods: Spatial statistics; Network analysis; Exposure analysis; Population health


Catherine (Kate) Calder is a Professor in Department of Statistics and Data Sciences at University of Texas at Austin.  She currently serves as department chair and the Director of the PRC’s Scientific and Technical Core.  Prior to moving in UT Austin 2019, she spent 16 years on the faculty of The Ohio State University. She served as an associate director (2015–2018) and co-director (2018–2019) of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, an NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences Research Institute located on the Ohio State campus. She is currently an associate editor for the Annals of Applied Statistics and Bayesian Analysis and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Statistical Association (ASA).  Throughout her career, she has served the profession through various elected roles in ASA sections and in the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. Her research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, NASA, and other agencies and foundations. She received the ASA Section on Statistics and the Environment’s 2013 Young Investigator Award and was elected Fellow of the ASA in 2014.

Dr. Calder is a statistician whose areas of expertise include spatial statistics, network analysis, and Bayesian modeling and computation.  Most of her current applied work focuses on problems that broadly fall under the umbrella of exposure analysis.  She develops statistical methods for quantifying individual- and population-level exposures that account for human mobility and network dependence and for examining both the causes and consequences of social and environmental exposures.  For the past ten years, she has been collaborating with a team of researchers at The Ohio State University on the Adolescent Health and Development in Context (AHDC) Study (PI: Browning, Co-I: Calder), a longitudinal study of a representative sample of adolescents and their caregivers that captures high-resolution geo-referenced activity pattern data, ecological momentary assessments, and biomeasures of health.  She currently leads an NICHD PDB-funded project (NICHD R01-HD088545, PI: Calder) titled “Adolescent Health in an Urban Environment” that uses AHDC data to construct ecological networks – bipartite networks of youth and the places they spend time – and examines the consequences of ecological network structure and indirect exposures to social contexts on health and developmental outcomes.

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