Skai W. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Skai Schwartz

Skai W. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Info

Office: COPH 2112, MDC 56
Voice Mail: (813)974-6679
 Education and History

Came to USF



B.A. Wilkes University, 1979
M.A. UC Berkeley, 1981
Ph.D. UNC Chapel Hill, 1995




Sleep Disorders

Research Interests

Correlates and sequelae of non-adherence to Positive Airway Pressure
Effect modifiers for BiPAP superiority
Relationship of Narcotic pain relievers to obstruction and central sleep apnea.

Other Information

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Schwartz is an Epidemiologist with expertise in both classical statistics and epidemiologic methods. As a masters trained statistician working for Merck, she performed statistical analyses for over 100 protocols encompassing all phases of clinical trials and substantive areas including hypertension, heart disease, pain, and neurologic disorders. She continues to use her statistical expertise to aid USF investigators on such projects as evaluating heat stress in production workers.

As a doctoral trained epidemiologist, she has previously taught Clinical Trials and Research Methods at both the intermediate and advanced levels and co-taught Pharmaco-epidemiology. She currently teaches Intermediate SAS and secondary data analysis. Her undergraduate course, Sex, Beer and Chocolate, has been instrumental in the increased success of the undergraduate public health program. Dr. Schwartz has published in the area of psychosomatics, with a focus on insomnia and depression using data from ARIC- Atherosclerotic Risk in Communities Study and EPESE-Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly. She now works closely with colleagues at the Tampa JAH Veterans Hospital on research focused on obstructive sleep apnea.