Faculty

Catherine Karr

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences

206-616-4355
ckarr@uw.edu

Education

PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2004
MD Medicine, University of Washington, 1999
MS Toxicology, University of Washington, 1989

Contact

206-616-4355
ckarr@uw.edu

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Box 354695
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98105

Bio

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.

Research Interests

  • Pediatric environmental health
  • Air pollution
  • Asthma
  • Pesticides
  • Global children's environmental health
  • Farmworker health
  • Community engaged research

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Prenatal phthalate exposure in relation to placental corticotropin releasing hormone (pCRH) in the CANDLE cohort.
(2022 Jan 7)
Environ Int 160(): 107078
Barrett ES, Corsetti M, Day D, Thurston SW, Loftus CT, Karr CJ, Kannan K, LeWinn KZ, Smith AK, Smith R, Tylavsky FA, Bush NR, Sathyanarayana S

Randomized trial of a portable HEPA air cleaner intervention to reduce asthma morbidity among Latino children in an agricultural community.
(2022 Jan 3)
Environ Health 21(1): 1
Drieling RL, Sampson PD, Krenz JE, Tchong French MI, Jansen KL, Massey AE, Farquhar SA, Min E, Perez A, Riederer AM, Torres E, Younglove LR, Aisenberg E, Andra SS, Kim-Schulze S, Karr CJ

Prenatal urinary metabolites of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and toddler cognition, language, and behavior.
(2022 Jan 15)
Environ Int 159(): 107039
Wallace ER, Ni Y, Loftus CT, Sullivan A, Masterson E, Szpiro AA, Day DB, Robinson M, Kannan K, Tylavsky FA, Sathyanarayana S, Bush NR, LeWinn KZ, Karr CJ

Most Early-Treated Children With Perinatally Acquired HIV Have Preserved Lung Function at School Age.
(2022 Jan 1)
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 89(1): 69-76
Attia EF, Moraa H, Maleche-Obimbo E, Wamalwa D, Gómez LA, Rylance S, Vundla R, Ferrand RA, Karr CJ, John-Stewart GC, Benki-Nugent SF

Maternal childhood trauma and prenatal stressors are associated with child behavioral health.
(2021 Oct 20)
J Dev Orig Health Dis
Ahmad SI, Rudd KL, LeWinn KZ, Mason WA, Murphy L, Juarez PD, Karr CJ, Sathyanarayana S, Tylavsky FA, Bush NR

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