Chirayath M. Suchindran, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Biostatistics
3103A Mcgavran-Greenberg Hall
CB# 7420
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Chirayath M. Suchindran is an emeritus professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Gillings School. He is a mathematical demographer and serves as the leading biostatistician in the statistical services core of the Carolina Population Research Center (CPC).  His primary research interest is in developing methodology for demographic analysis. He is also engaged in collaborative research with population researchers. His primary role in this collaborative research effort is to identify state-of-the art methodology for addressing substantive issues.

He has published extensively on the theory and applications of multistate life tables. His research also focuses on the incorporation of survey design in estimating complex statistical models. The published works include adjusting for unequal selection probability in multilevel models, analysis of interval censored complex survey data in the context of time to obesity (published in The Journal of the American Medical Association), female-male disparity in obesity prevalence (published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition), intergenerational profile of socioeconomic (dis)advantage and obesity during the transition to adulthood (published in Demography), and discordance in national estimates hypertension in young adults (published in Epidemiology). His recent publications also include a methodological paper  on analysis of spatial temporal data and on statistical measures to determine the importance biomarkers in determining health outcomes. As a biostatistician trained in statistical demography Dr. Suchindran makes significant contributions to the training of population researchers. He was the program director of an NIH-funded population training program (T32 –HD 07237) “Research Training in Population statistics” from 1972 -2008. For his significant contributions to the field of demography, Dr. Suchindran was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1995.

Representative Courses

Demographic Techniques I (BIOS 670)

Demographic Techniques II (BIOS 771)

Research Activities

Cardiovascular Disease
Global Health
Reproductive Health

Key Publications

A multilevel analysis of the effect of Malawi's Social Cash Transfer Pilot Scheme on school-age children's health. Sudhanshu Handa, Winnie Luseno, Kavita Singh, Chirayath Suchindran (2014). Health Policy and Planning, 29(4), 421-432.

A regional multilevel analysis: Can skilled birth attendants uniformly decrease neonatal mortality? Paul Brodish, Kavita Singh, Chirayath Suchindran (2014). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18(1), 242-249.

An evaluation of emergency medical services stroke protocols and scene times. Jane Brice, Kelly Evenson, Chailee Moss, Mehul Patel, Wayne Rosamond, Kathryn Rose, Chirayath Suchindran (2014). Prehospital Emergency Care, 18(1), 15-21.

Effect of supplementation with a lipid-based nutrient supplement on the micronutrient status of children aged 6-18 months living in the rural region of intibucá, honduras. Lindsay Allen, Margaret Bentley, Yaniré Campo, Jeff Heck, Alan Kinlaw, Gregory Reinhart, Setareh Shahab-Ferdows, Anna Siega-Riz, Chirayath Suchindran (2014). Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 28(3), 245-254.

Erratum to: Exploring Venue-Associated Risk: A Comparison of Multiple Partnerships and Syphilis Infection Among Women Working at Entertainment and Service Venues. Xiang-Sheng Chen, Jessie Edwards, Anisha Gandhi, Yingying Huang, Jing Li, Chirayath Suchindran, Sharon Weir (2014). AIDS and Behavior.


  • PhD, Biostatistics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972
  • MSPH, Biostatistics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1968
  • MS, Statistics, The University of Kerala, India, 1962
  • BS, Mathematics, The University of Kerala, India, 1960