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

Sustainable Communities, COVID-19, Children's Health, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Toxicology

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and executive functions at school age: Results from a combined cohort study.
(2024 Jun 15)
Int J Hyg Environ Health 260(): 114407
Ni Y, Szpiro AA, Loftus CT, Workman T, Sullivan A, Wallace ER, Riederer AM, Day DB, Murphy LE, Nguyen RHN, Sathyanarayana S, Barrett ES, Zhao Q, Enquobahrie DA, Simpson C, Ahmad SI, Arizaga JA, Collett BR, Derefinko KJ, Kannan K, Bush NR, LeWinn KZ, Karr CJ

Air Pollution Exposures and Child Executive Function: A U.S. Multi-Cohort Study.
(2024 Jun 13)
Ni Y, Sullivan A, Szpiro AA, Peng J, Loftus CT, Hazlehurst MF, Sherris A, Wallace ER, Murphy LE, Nguyen RHN, Swan SH, Sathyanarayana S, Barrett ES, Mason WA, Bush NR, Karr CJ, LeWinn KZ

Associations Between Prenatal Vitamin D and Placental Gene Expression.
(2024 May 12)
Parenti M, Melough MM, Lapehn S, MacDonald J, Bammler T, Firsick EJ, Choi HY, Derefinko KJ, Enquobahrie DA, Carroll KN, LeWinn KZ, Bush NR, Zhao Q, Sathyanarayana S, Paquette AG

Urinary concentrations of phthalate metabolites in relation to preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in the environmental influences on child health outcomes (ECHO) program.
(2024 May)
Environ Int 187(): 108678
Meeker JD, McArthur KL, Adibi JJ, Alshawabkeh AN, Barrett ES, Brubaker SG, Cordero JF, Dabelea D, Dunlop AL, Herbstman JB, Kahn LG, Karr CJ, Mehta-Lee S, O'Connor TG, Sathyanarayana S, Trasande L, Kuiper JR, Program Collaborators For Environmental Influences On Child Health Outcomes

Longitudinal study of birthweight, blood pressure, and markers of arterial stiffness in children age six among the TIDES cohort.
(2024 Apr 24)
J Hypertens
Long SE, Sood S, Kanesa-Thasan A, Kahn LG, Urbina EM, Barrett ES, Nguyen RH, Bush NR, Swan SH, Sathyanarayana S, Trasande L

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