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.

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  1. Aryee E, Perrin JM, Iannuzzi D, Kuhlthau KA, Oreskovic NM. Association of Neighborhood Characteristics with Pediatric Asthma. Acad Pediatr. 2022 Jan 11. PMID: 35031500
  2. Jenkins AM, Berry JG, Perrin JM, Kuhlthau K, Hall M, Dunbar P, Hoover C, Garrity B, Crossman M, Auger K. What Types of Hospitals Do Adolescents and Young Adults With Complex Chronic Conditions Use? Acad Pediatr. 2021 Dec 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34936941
  3. Luberto CM, Perez GK, Finkelstein-Fox L, Millstein RA, Fell L, Chad-Friedman E, Park ER, Kuhlthau KA. Acceptability of a Virtual Mind-Body Intervention for Parents of Children With Autism or Learning Disabilities. Glob Adv Health Med. 2021; 10:21649561211047804. PMID: 34917419; PMCID: PMC8669114; DOI: 10.1177/21649561211047804;
  4. Lindly OJ, Shui AM, Stotts NM, Kuhlthau KA. Caregiver strain among North American parents of children from the Autism Treatment Network Registry Call-Back Study. Autism. 2021 Oct 16; 13623613211052108. PMID: 34657479
  5. Berry JG, Perrin JM, Hoover C, Rodean J, Agrawal RK, Kuhlthau KA. Health Care Insurance Adequacy for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics. 2021 10; 148(4). PMID: 34535570
  6. Lindly O, Eaves MC, Xu Y, Tarazi CL, Rao SR, Kuhlthau KA. Therapy use for U.S. school-aged children with developmental disabilities: State variation and determinants. Disabil Health J. 2022 Jan; 15(1):101198. PMID: 34489204
  7. Lindly OJ, Cabral J, Mohammed R, Garber I, Mistry KB, Kuhlthau KA. "I Don't Do Much Without Researching Things Myself": A Mixed Methods Study Exploring the Role of Parent Health Literacy in Autism Services Use for Young Children. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Aug 25. PMID: 34435270
  8. Iannuzzi D, Fell L, Luberto C, Goshe BM, Perez G, Park E, Crute S, Kuhlthau K, Traeger L. Challenges and Growth: Lived Experience of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with a Sibling with ASD. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Jun 13. PMID: 34120258
  9. Fair D, Park ER, Nipp RD, Rabin J, Hyland K, Kuhlthau K, Perez GK, Nathan PC, Armstrong GT, Oeffinger KC, Robison LL, Leisenring W, Kirchhoff AC. Material, behavioral, and psychological financial hardship among survivors of childhood cancer in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer. 2021 Sep 01; 127(17):3214-3222. PMID: 34061973; PMCID: PMC8489494; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33613;
  10. Mazurek MO, Kuhlthau K, Parker RA, Chan J, Sohl K. Autism and General Developmental Screening Practices Among Primary Care Providers. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 Jun-Jul 01; 42(5):355-362. PMID: 33507041
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