Sheela Sathyanarayana

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



MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington,
MD Medicine, University of Southern California,
BA Environmental Science, Duke University,



Office 2001 8th Avenue
Box CW8-6, PO Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145


Our research interests focus on exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as phthalates and bisphenol A and their impact on childhood development. Public concern regarding these chemicals has risen in recent years and demands current research that addresses mechanisms of action and impact on health outcomes. We have ongoing pregnancy cohort and childhood epidemiologic studies. As a pediatric environmental health specialist and member of the University of Washington Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, I also conduct consults on environmental health exposures and childhood health impacts. I also practice general pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Newborn Nursery.

Research Interests

Environmental Endocrine Disruptors, Pediatric Environmental Health, Reproductive Toxicology, Birth defectsMy research interests focus on in utero and early life exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) and their impact on child reproductive development. 

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

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

First- and Third-Trimester Urinary Phthalate Metabolites in the Development of Hypertensive Diseases of Pregnancy.
(2021 Oct 11)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(20):
Bedell SM, Lyden GR, Sathyanarayana S, Barrett ES, Ferguson KK, Santilli A, Bush NR, Swan SH, McElrath TF, Nguyen RHN

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

Maternal Stressful Life Events during Pregnancy and Atopic Dermatitis in Children Aged Approximately 4-6 Years.
(2021 Sep 15)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(18):
Senter CC, Bush NR, Loftus CT, Szpiro AA, Fitzpatrick AL, Carroll KN, LeWinn KZ, Mason WA, Sathyanarayana S, Akingbade OA, Karr CJ

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