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.
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  1. Kirchhoff AC, Nipp R, Warner EL, Kuhlthau K, Leisenring WM, Donelan K, Rabin J, Perez GK, Oeffinger KC, Nathan PC, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Park ER. "Job Lock" Among Long-term Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Oct 19. PMID: 29049517.
  2. Payakachat N, Tilford JM, Kuhlthau KA. Parent-Reported Use of Interventions by Toddlers and Preschoolers With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Oct 16; appips201600524. PMID: 29032701.
  3. Magnusson DM, Minkovitz CS, Kuhlthau KA, Caballero TM, Mistry KB. Beliefs Regarding Development and Early Intervention Among Low-Income African American and Hispanic Mothers. Pediatrics. 2017 Oct 16. PMID: 29038343.
  4. Culler CS, Kotelchuck M, Declercq E, Kuhlthau K, Jones K, Yoder KM. A School-Based Dental Program Evaluation: Comparison to the Massachusetts Statewide Survey. J Sch Health. 2017 Oct; 87(10):784-789.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28876475.
  5. Park ER, Kirchhoff AC, Nipp RD, Donelan K, Leisenring WM, Armstrong GT, Kuhlthau KA. Assessing Health Insurance Coverage Characteristics and Impact on Health Care Cost, Worry, and Access: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Sep 25. PMID: 28973059.
  6. Nipp RD, Kirchhoff AC, Fair D, Rabin J, Hyland KA, Kuhlthau K, Perez GK, Robison LL, Armstrong GT, Nathan PC, Oeffinger KC, Leisenring WM, Park ER. Financial Burden in Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Oct 20; 35(30):3474-3481. PMID: 28817372.
  7. Kuhlthau KA, McDonnell E, Coury DL, Payakachat N, Macklin E. Associations of quality of life with health-related characteristics among children with autism. Autism. 2017 Jul 01; 1362361317704420. PMID: 28691502.
  8. Zuckerman KE, Friedman NDB, Chavez AE, Shui AM, Kuhlthau KA. Parent-Reported Severity and Health/Educational Services Use Among US Children with Autism: Results from a National Survey. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 May; 38(4):260-268. PMID: 28410256; DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000437;.
  9. 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;.
  10. Mouw KW, Yeap BY, Caruso P, Fay A, Misra M, Sethi RV, MacDonald SM, Chen YL, Tarbell NJ, Yock TI, Freitag SK, Munzenrider JE, Grabowski E, Katz M, Kuhlthau K, DeCastro D, Heidary G, Ciralsky J, Mukai S, Shih HA. Analysis of patient outcomes following proton radiation therapy for retinoblastoma. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2017 Jan-Mar; 2(1):44-52. PMID: 28607957.
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