Children's Health

Mapping jet pollution at Sea-Tac Airport
Blog entry | December 03, 2019
Communities underneath and downwind of jets landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are exposed to a type of ultrafine particle pollution that is distinctly associated with aircraft, according to a new University of Washington study that is the first to identify the unique "signature" of aircraft emissions in Washington state.
The lifelong health impacts of business as usual
Blog entry | November 14, 2019
Babies born today will face unprecedented health risks and life-long health consequences from rising temperatures, according to new research published Wednesday from The Lancet.
Sharing the science on vaping
Blog entry | October 14, 2019
Scientists and health professionals are rushing to assess the health effects of vaping amid a multistate outbreak of lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes. Teachers could play a critical role in helping youth understand the health risks, yet little formal guidance or training for educators currently exists.
Flame retardants and diabetes
Blog entry | August 07, 2019
Adding flame retardants to consumer products was supposed to protect people from harm when manufacturers began the practice in the 1970s.
Caring for the caregivers
Blog entry | June 12, 2019
Child-care providers play an important role in the development and health of about 10 million young children enrolled in early child care centers in the United States. They teach kids how to care for themselves by keeping good hygiene, eating healthfully, moving their bodies and navigating new emotions and social spaces. But what about the well-being of the teachers themselves?
When social justice meets science
Blog entry | March 25, 2019
Richard Fenske, PhD, MPH Associate Chair and Professor, UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Proudest achievement: The contributions his students have made to the field of environmental health. Joined DEOHS faculty: 1991
A global partnership for child health
Blog entry | February 21, 2019
“UW Global Health has had tremendous success conducting research on maternal and child health and infectious diseases in Kenya. Now we have the opportunity to incorporate environmental health and bring these two research communities together.” –Catherine Karr
Air pollution and autism
Blog entry | February 14, 2019
Exposure to diesel exhaust during pregnancy or in the early years of development could cause subtle changes in the structure of the cerebral cortex similar to those seen in the brains of autistic patients.
Rodney Hoff
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Rod Hoff is working with faculty to expand the UW School of Public Health's research and training programs on emerging infectious diseases and on building capacity for global health security.
Pooja Tandon
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Pooja Tandon is a pediatrician and researcher at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.  Dr.
Sheela Sathyanarayana
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Her research interests focus on exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals including phthalates and bisphenol A and their impact on reproductive development. Dr.
Matthew C. Keifer
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Keifer is a graduate of the University of Washington's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency/Fellowship Program. He joined the faculty after serving as Project Epidemiologist for CARE in Nicaragua, where he participated in health surveillance and development activities related to pesticide exposures and health effects.
Jane Q. Koenig
Faculty Member | October 04, 2019
Dr. Koenig's main research interest is the respiratory and cardiac health effects of air pollution and especially the responses of individuals judged to be susceptible, such as persons with asthma or other chronic respiratory diseases.
John C. Kissel
Faculty Member | October 04, 2019
Dr. Kissel has a history of research related to human exposure to environmental contaminants. One aspect of this work involves characterization of human dermal contact with soils and sediments.
Richard A. Fenske
Faculty Member | October 04, 2019
Dr. Fenske's work has focused on the evaluation of environmental health risks in special populations, such as children, farm workers, and farm producers. Specialty areas include health risks of pesticide exposures, development of new exposure assessment methods, and investigation of the role of skin exposure for workers and children.
Catherine Karr
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Catherine Karr is an environmental epidemiologist and pediatric environmental medicine specialist. She has a primary appointment in the UW Department of Pediatrics, a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Epidemiology.
Hilary Godwin
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Hilary Godwin is dean of the UW School of Public Health and professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. She has 15 years of experience as an academic leader with expertise in interdisciplinary collaborative research on nanotoxicology and the chemistry of lead poisoning and its impact on public health.
Elaine Faustman
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Elaine Faustman is a toxicologist and Professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. She is also Adjunct Professor in the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
Julia Yue Cui
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
Dr. Julia Yue Cui is Assistant Professor in toxicology in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. She is a recipient of the Sheldon D. Murphy Endowed Chair and a member of the UW Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment.
Lucio G. Costa
Faculty Member | September 30, 2019
The general area of research in Dr. Costa's laboratory is neurotoxicology. Neurotoxic substances may play a role in neurodevelopmental disorders, and in neurological, neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr.
Thomas M. Burbacher
Faculty Member | September 26, 2019
Dr. Thomas Burbacher is Professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. He is the head of the Division of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences and Director of the Infant Primate Research Laboratory at the UW National Primate Research Center.