Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
EducationPhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2004
MD Medicine, University of Washington, 1999
MS Toxicology, University of Washington, 1989
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98105
Catherine Karr is a pediatric environmental medicine specialist and environmental epidemiologist. She has a primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Joint in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, and Adjunct in Epidemiology. Her research areas include environmental contaminants and pediatric respiratory health including asthma, health of farmworker children, and global children's environmental health. Much of her research utilizes community engaged research approaches. She shares leadership of a large pregnancy cohort as part of the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. She is affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Disease, Genetics and the Environment (EDGE). She has a general pediatric practice at the UW Pediatric Clinic at Roosevelt and also provides specialty pediatric environmental medicine consultation at this site and the Harborview Medical Center. As Director of the NW Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU), she sets the direction for outreach and education as well as responding to queries from health care providers, government officials and families regarding health risks associated with environmental exposures.
- Pediatric environmental health
- Air pollution
- Global children's environmental health
- Farmworker health
- Community engaged research
In The News
EPA allows continued use of pesticide linked to developmental issues in children
ABC News, 07/19/2019
Researchers explore a pesticide link to asthma in farmworkers' children.
WUNC: North Carolina Public Radio, 09/07/2018
Does Yakima Valley agriculture trigger asthma?
Yakima Herald, 06/29/2018