Karen A. Kuhlthau, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

PhD, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
MA, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor



Dr. Kuhlthau is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, an Associate Sociologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Kuhlthau formerly worked in the department of Statistics and Evaluation at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she led evaluation and surveillance efforts. She currently conducts policy and clinically relevant public health research. She received her BA from Princeton University. Her doctorate and masters degrees in sociology/demography are from the University of Michigan.

She has a strong focus in both qualitative and quantitative methods with extensive experience using existing data and in primary data collection. Much of her research focuses on three main areas: 1) health services and health policy research, 2) the well-being of parents/caregivers as it relates to child health, and 3) health related quality of life (HRQOL) for children and families.

International work includes studies of gender differences in health in Thailand, evaluating the behavioral health services in Chile and an assessment of health service use in Jordan.
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Chien AT, Kuhlthau KA, Toomey SL, Quinn JA, Okumura MJ, Kuo DZ, Houtrow AJ, Van Cleave J, Landrum MB, Jang J, Janmey I, Furdyna MJ, Schuster MA. Quality of Primary Care for Children With Disabilities Enrolled in Medicaid. Acad Pediatr. 2017 May - Jun; 17(4):443-449. PMID: 28286057; DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.10.015;.
  2. Kuhlthau KA, Nipp RD, Shui A, Srichankij S, Kirchhoff AC, Galbraith AA, Park ER. Health insurance coverage, care accessibility and affordability for adult survivors of childhood cancer: a cross-sectional study of a nationally representative database. J Cancer Surviv. 2016 Dec; 10(6):964-971. PMID: 27072683.
  3. Kuhlthau KA, Delahaye J, Erickson-Warfield M, Shui A, Crossman M, van der Weerd E. Health Care Transition Services for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Perspectives of Caregivers. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb; 137 Suppl 2:S158-66. PMID: 26908471; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2851N;.
  4. Broder-Fingert S, Shui A, Ferrone C, Iannuzzi D, Cheng ER, Giauque A, Connors S, McDougle CJ, Donelan K, Neumeyer A, Kuhlthau K. A Pilot Study of Autism-Specific Care Plans During Hospital Admission. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb; 137 Suppl 2:S196-204.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26908475; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2851R;.
  5. Perrin JM, Coury DL, Klatka K, Winklosky B, Wolfe A, Murray D, Kuhlthau KA. The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health and the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb; 137 Suppl 2:S67-71. PMID: 26908479; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2851D;.
  6. Iezzoni LI, Wint AJ, Kuhlthau KA, Boudreau AA. Adults'' recollections and perceptions of childhood caregiving to a parent with significant physical disability. Disabil Health J. 2016 Apr; 9(2):208-17. PMID: 26712460; PMCID: PMC4808597; DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.10.009;.
  7. Tilford JM, Payakachat N, Kuhlthau KA, Pyne JM, Kovacs E, Bellando J, Williams DK, Brouwer WB, Frye RE. Treatment for Sleep Problems in Children with Autism and Caregiver Spillover Effects. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Nov; 45(11):3613-23. PMID: 26126749; PMCID: PMC4609586; DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2507-5;.
  8. Chien AT, Kuhlthau KA, Toomey SL, Quinn JA, Houtrow AJ, Kuo DZ, Okumura MJ, Van Cleave JM, Johnson CK, Mahoney LL, Martin J, Landrum MB, Schuster MA. Development of the Children With Disabilities Algorithm. Pediatrics. 2015 Oct; 136(4):e871-8. PMID: 26416938; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-0228;.
  9. Gnanasekaran S, Choueiri R, Neumeyer A, Ajari O, Shui A, Kuhlthau K. Impact of employee benefits on families with children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism. 2016 Jul; 20(5):616-22. PMID: 26341992; DOI: 10.1177/1362361315598891;.
  10. Warfield ME, Crossman MK, Delahaye J, Der Weerd E, Kuhlthau KA. Physician Perspectives on Providing Primary Medical Care to Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Jul; 45(7):2209-17. PMID: 25724445; DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2386-9;.
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