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Catherine Ann Sugar

Catherine Ann
Faculty Executive Committee Chair


DepartmentsType of Faculty
BiostatisticsJoint Appointment
Contact Information

Room 51-236C CHS

Department of Biostatistics

UCLA School of Public Health

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

Areas of Interest: 

My methodological research focuses on clustering , functional data analysis, classification and patterns of covariation in data. In particular I have looked at approaches to identifying the number of groups in a data set and extending classical methods for cluster analysis to the functional data domain. I also have a wide range of applied interests including HIV/AIDS, mental health, dentistry, nephrology, and particularly health services research where I have developed a set of cluster-analytic methods for defining and analyzing health state models. I have applied these techniques to studies of quality of life in depression and schizophrenia and am currently working with colleagues in the British National Health System on similar projects in cancer and multiple sclerosis. I am also currently involved in a VA study of access to and quality of care in HIV/AIDS.

PhD Statistics (1998) Stanford University
MS Mathematics (1994) Stanford University
BA Mathematics (1992) Pomona College
Selected Courses: 
Biostat 100B Winter 2007 Introduction to Biostatistics
Biostat 288 Spring 2007 Seminar: Statistics in AIDS
Biostat 402B Spring 2007 Biostatistical Consulting