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)


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)

Depression and anxiety in a manganese-exposed community.
(2021 Jun 1)
Racette BA, Nelson G, Dlamini WW, Hershey T, Prathibha P, Turner JR, Checkoway H, Sheppard L, Nielsen SS

Principal Component Analysis of Striatal and Extrastriatal D2 Dopamine Receptor Positron Emission Tomography in Manganese Exposed Workers.
(2021 Apr 20)
Toxicol Sci
Criswell SR, Nielsen SS, Dlamini WW, Warden MN, Perlmutter JS, Sheppard L, Moerlein SM, Lenox-Krug J, Checkoway H, Racette BA

Associations of acetylcholinesterase inhibition between pesticide spray seasons with depression and anxiety symptoms in adolescents, and the role of sex and adrenal hormones on gender moderation.
(2021 Mar)
Expo Health 13(1): 51-64
Suarez-Lopez JR, Nguyen A, Klas J, Gahagan S, Checkoway H, Lopez-Paredes D, Noble M

Severity of parkinsonism associated with environmental manganese exposure.
(2021 Mar 15)
Environ Health 20(1): 27
Racette BA, Nelson G, Dlamini WW, Prathibha P, Turner JR, Ushe M, Checkoway H, Sheppard L, Nielsen SS

Recommendations for Demonstrators, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Public Health Agencies for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission During Civil Protests.
(2021 May)
Public Health Rep 136(3): 264-268
Eisenman DP, Wiley DJ, Pollock BH, Rutherford GW, Rimoin AW, Bibbins-Domingo K, Checkoway H, Hurd T, Waters CM, Dawson-Rose C

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