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Catherine Karr

Professor, School of Medicine and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Water quality/stormwater, Wildfires

Expertise: Pediatric environmental health, air pollution, asthma, pesticides, global children’s environmental health, farmworker health

Dr. Catherine Karr is an environmental epidemiologist and pediatric environmental medicine specialist. 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.

Dr. Karr is affiliated with the Pacific Northwest Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and the Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Disease, Genetics and the Environment. 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 at 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.

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