Department of Statistics
Carnegie Mellon University
Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Title: Professor

Email: roeder at


Research Interests:

The primary goal of Dr. Roeder’s research group is to develop statistical tools for finding associations between patterns of genetic variation and complex disease. Current data typically involves Next Generation Sequencing and gene expression, including RNAseq. Her methodological work is motivated by studies of schizophrenia, autism and other genetic disorders.


Kathryn Roeder is Professor of Statistics and Computational Biology. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. She received the COPSS Presidents award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of statistics and the Snedecor Award for outstanding work in statistical applications. She has developed statistical methods in a wide spectrum of areas, including high dimensional inference, mixture models and nonparametric statistics. Currently her work focuses on statistical genetics and the genetic basis of complex disease. She has published extensively on statistical methods for understanding the genetic basis of disease. She is currently one of the leaders of the Autism Sequencing Consortium, an international organization of geneticists, psychiatrists and data scientists dedicated to discovering the genetic etiology of autism. Roeder’s career began in the biological sciences during which time she spent a year living in the wilderness regions of the Pacific Northwest as a research assistant for the Department of Wildlife Resources. In 1988 she received her Ph.D. in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University. Next she spent 6 years on the Statistics faculty at Yale University where she played a pivotal role developing the foundations of DNA forensic inference. In 1994 Roeder joined the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. She was Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Head of the Department of Statistics from 1996-2011. She was Associate Editor of American J. of Human Genetics, J American Statistical Association (Theory and Methods and Case Studies), Biometrics, Genetics and Electronic J of Statistics. Roeder has served on the board of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) and been Program Chair for the IMS Statistics meetings. She has served on numerous review panels at NSF and NIH including service as a regular member of the Statistics panel.