Harvey Checkoway

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences



PhD Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1978
MPH Epidemiology, Yale University, 1975
BA Psychology, Boston University, 1971



University of California (San Diego)
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Director, UW Superfund Basic Research Program Project

Dr. Checkoway has held faculty positions in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina (1979-87), the University of Washington Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (primary) and Epidemiology (joint) (1987-2013), and the University of California, San Diego, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (2013 – present). His main research and teaching interests have focused on occupational and environmental risk factors for non-infectious disease, especially cancers, Parkinson disease, and respiratory disorders. He is first author of the textbook, “Research Methods in Occupational Epidemiology” Oxford University Press, 1st ed. 1989, 2nd ed 2004. He served as Program Director of the University of Washington Superfund Research Program, funded by NIEHS (1998-2013).

Research Interests

Occupational and environmental risk factors for non-infectious diseases, especially cancers, Parkinson disease, respiratory disorders

Recent Publications (PubMed)

The prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing and associated risk factors in patients with decompensated congestive heart failure in Mozambique.
(2023 Feb 17)
J Clin Sleep Med
Lo S, Mbanze I, Orr JE, DeYoung P, Checkoway H, Govo V, Jessen N, Damasceno A, Malhotra A

Environmental manganese exposure and cognitive control in a South African population.
(2022 Mar)
Neurotoxicology 89(): 31-40
Racette BA, Nelson G, Dlamini WW, Hershey T, Prathibha P, Turner JR, Checkoway H, Sheppard L, Searles Nielsen S

Testosterone, estradiol, DHEA and cortisol in relation to anxiety and depression scores in adolescents.
(2021 Nov 1)
J Affect Disord 294(): 838-846
Chronister BN, Gonzalez E, Lopez-Paredes D, Suarez-Torres J, Gahagan S, Martinez D, Barros J, Jacobs DR Jr, Checkoway H, Suarez-Lopez JR

Solvent exposed occupations and risk of Parkinson disease in Finland.
Clin Park Relat Disord 4(): 100092
Nielsen SS, Warden MN, Sallmén M, Sainio M, Uuksulainen S, Checkoway H, Hublin C, Racette BA

Depression and anxiety in a manganese-exposed community.
(2021 Jul)
Neurotoxicology 85(): 222-233
Racette BA, Nelson G, Dlamini WW, Hershey T, Prathibha P, Turner JR, Checkoway H, Sheppard L, Searles Nielsen S

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