Professor Catherine Schrand’s research primarily focuses on risk management and disclosure. Her research has been published in top-tier academic journals including Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Accounting Studies, and Contemporary Accounting Research. She is an associate editor of Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, and Journal of Financial Services Research. She is the author (along with Patricia Dechow) of Earnings Quality, and of Understanding earnings quality: A review of the proxies, their determinants and their consequences (with Weili Ge and Patricia Dechow).

In addition to doctoral level courses, she teaches an undergraduate elective on Financial Accounting. She has been actively involved in the accounting standard setting process through her past service on the Financial Accounting Standards Committee of the American Accounting Association and her involvement with the AAA/FASB Financial Reporting Issues Conference.

She received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1994 and her BBA from the University of Michigan. Before attending graduate school, Professor Schrand was a staff auditor and audit manager at KPMG Peat Marwick in Chicago and she is a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.