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)

Quantifying the Distribution of Environmental Health Threats and Hazards in Washington State Using a Cumulative Environmental Inequality Index.
(2021 Aug 1)
Environ Justice 14(4): 298-314
Min E, Piazza M, Galaviz VE, Saganić E, Schmeltz M, Freelander L, Farquhar SA, Karr CJ, Gruen D, Banerjee D, Yost M, Seto EYW

A Comprehensive Assessment of Associations between Prenatal Phthalate Exposure and the Placental Transcriptomic Landscape.
(2021 Sep)
Environ Health Perspect 129(9): 97003
Paquette AG, MacDonald J, Lapehn S, Bammler T, Kruger L, Day DB, Price ND, Loftus C, Kannan K, Marsit C, Mason WA, Bush NR, LeWinn KZ, Enquobahrie DA, Prasad B, Karr CJ, Sathyanarayana S

Regional and sociodemographic differences in average BMI among US children in the ECHO program.
(2021 Aug 31)
Obesity (Silver Spring)
Bekelman TA, Dabelea D, Ganiban JM, Law A, McGovern Reilly A, Althoff KN, Mueller N, Camargo CA Jr, Duarte CS, Dunlop AL, Elliott AJ, Ferrara A, Gold DR, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hartert T, Hipwell AE, Huddleston K, Johnson CC, Karagas MR, Karr CJ, Hershey GKK, Leve L, Mahabir S, McEvoy CT, Neiderhiser J, Oken E, Rundle A, Sathyanarayana S, Turley C, Tylavsky FA, Watson SE, Wright R, Zhang M, Zoratti E, Program collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO).

Effectiveness of portable HEPA air cleaners on reducing indoor endotoxin, PM10, and coarse particulate matter in an agricultural cohort of children with asthma: A randomized intervention trial.
(2021 Jul 19)
Indoor Air
Riederer AM, Krenz JE, Tchong-French MI, Torres E, Perez A, Younglove LR, Jansen KL, Hardie DC, Farquhar SA, Sampson PD, Metwali N, Thorne PS, Karr CJ

Ambient Air Pollution: Health Hazards to Children.
(2021 Jun)
Pediatrics 147(6):
Brumberg HL, Karr CJ, COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH.

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