Katherine M Keyes, PhD, MPH

  • Professor of Epidemiology
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Katherine M. Keyes is a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Katherine's research focuses on psychiatric and substance use epidemiology across the lifecourse, including early origins of child and adult health and cross-generational cohort effects on substance use, mental health, and injury outcomes including suicide and overdose. She is particularly focused on methodological challenges in estimating age, period, and cohort effects, as well as using mathematical agent-based and other simulation models to inform public health and policy interventions. She is the author of more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, and two textbooks published by Oxford University Press: "Epidemiology Matters: A New Introduction to Methodological Foundation", published in 2014 and "Population Health Science" published in 2016.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Epidemiology

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2001 University of Minnesota
  • BS, 2001 University of Minnesota
  • MPH, 2006 Columbia University
  • PhD, 2010 Columbia University


Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Chronic disease
  • Community Health
  • Food Policy and Obesity
  • Global Health
  • LGBT health
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health Education
  • Substance Use