School of Public Health

Karr, Catherine

Catherine Karr

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology


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

Contact Info

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Box 354695
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100
Tel: 206-616-4355

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. She is affiliated with the UW based Center for Children's Environmental Health Research and the Pacific Northwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. 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. She is involved in policy and education through her involvement with the American Academy of Pediatrics National Council on Environmental Health.


Research Interests

pediatric environmental health; air pollution; asthma; pesticides; global children's environmental health; farmworker health, community engaged research

In The News

Lead poisoning: Where the hidden danger lies
The News Tribune, 05/17/2016

Lead poisoning in WA boy traced to sheepskin rugs
The Seattle Times, 05/09/2016

Longtime lead poisoning in boy, 16, traced to sheepskin rugs
The Seattle Times, 05/05/2016