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Skai Schwartz, PhD

Skai Schwartz, PhD

Associate Professor

Contact Info

  • Office: COPH 2112
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  • Academic Phone: 8139746679
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  • PHD, University of North Carolina, 1995
  • MA, UC Berkeley, 1981
  • BA, Wilkes University, 1979




  • Sleep Disorders
  • CVD


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.

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.