Gerarda Darlington

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics
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(519) 824-4120 ext. 53292
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Education and Employment Background

Dr. Gerarda Darlington received her PhD in Statistics from the University of Waterloo in 1989. Between 1991 and 1999 she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and from 1990 to 1999 she was a Senior Biostatistician at Cancer Care Ontario. Darlington joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Guelph in 2000 where she is now a full professor. Darlington is also the interim dean for the University of Guelph’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Research Themes

Darlington’s research focuses on the development of statistical methods for the design and analysis of studies involving time-to-event and clustered outcomes. Her statistics research is motivated by participation in collaborative work such as the Guelph Family Health Study. Darlington is also involved in collaborative research projects with faculty in the University of Guelph’s College of Social and Applied Human Health as well as the College of Biological Sciences. Key areas of focus include:

  1. Time-to-event outcomes. An event time refers to the time at which an outcome event takes place, such as time to death. Darlington and her colleagues have explored statistical models to better understand the influence of explanatory variables on outcome events, particularly with a focus on correlated outcomes resulting from clustered data (e.g., family studies).
  2. Research in conjunction with the Guelph Family Health Study. Darlington applies her statistical knowledge toward epidemiologic and genetic epidemiologic studies. She has recently been involved in research related to children’s diet and nutrition, including home-based obesity prevention.


  • John Bell Award for outstanding contributions to university education at the University of Guelph, 2017
  • YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Honouree, Recognition for professional achievement and mentoring women in STEM fields, 2017
  • Accreditation as Professional Statistician by the Statistical Society of Canada, 2013
  • MITACS Award for Excellence in Mentorship, 2010

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