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

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

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. Park ER, Kirchhoff AC, Donelan K, Perez GK, McDonald A, Bliss CC, Foor A, van Thiel Berghuijs KM, Waters AR, Durieux N, Leisenring W, Armstrong GT, Ponzani C, Lopez A, Vaca Lopez PL, Battaglia T, Galbraith AA, Kuhlthau KA. Health Insurance Navigation Tools Intervention: A Pilot Trial Within the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. JCO Oncol Pract. 2024 Mar 12; OP2300680.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38471048
  2. Hall DL, Fell L, Perez GK, Markwart M, Cammarata C, Si Y, Cantillon A, Park ER, Kuhlthau K. Development and feasibility of a virtual, synchronous mind-body resiliency intervention for fathers of children and youth with special healthcare needs. Brain Behav Immun Integr. 2024 Jan; 5. PMID: 38469332; PMCID: PMC10927257; DOI: 10.1016/j.bbii.2024.100052;
  3. Chien AT, Spence SJ, Okumura MJ, Lu S, Chan CH, Houtrow AJ, Kuo DZ, Van Cleave JM, Shanske SA, Schuster MA, Kuhlthau KA, Toomey SL. Impairment Types and Combinations Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Disabilities: Colorado 2014-2018. Acad Pediatr. 2024; 24(4):587-595. PMID: 37925071; PMCID: PMC11056312; DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2023.10.010;
  4. Lo A, Lowery LA, Kuhlthau K, Parker RA, Chan J, Haddad F, Radom-Aizik S, Gehricke JG. Effects of physical exercise, LEGO, and Minecraft activities on anxiety in underserved children with autism: Study design and methodological strategies. MethodsX. 2023 Dec; 11:102332. PMID: 37649622; PMCID: PMC10463252; DOI: 10.1016/j.mex.2023.102332;
  5. Fell LA, Albright CM, Kryszak EM, Butter E, Kuhlthau KA. Provider Perspectives on Telehealth Services for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. Acad Pediatr. 2023 Aug; 23(6):1196-1203. PMID: 36871611; PMCID: PMC9985515; DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2023.02.016;
  6. Kuhlthau KA, Traeger L, Luberto CM, Perez GK, Goshe BM, Fell L, Iannuzzi D, Park ER. Resiliency Intervention for Siblings of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Pilot Trial. Acad Pediatr. 2023 Aug; 23(6):1187-1195. PMID: 36460184
  7. Fay C, Castro I, Sierra Velez D, Ruggiero CF, O'Connor G, Perkins M, Luo M, Sharifi M, Neri Mini F, Taveras EM, Kuhlthau K, Fiechtner L. Keys to Achieving Clinically Important Weight Loss: Perceptions of Responders and Nonresponders in the Clinic and Community Approaches to Healthy Weight Trial. Child Obes. 2023 Dec; 19(8):507-514. PMID: 36315223; PMCID: PMC10698771; DOI: 10.1089/chi.2022.0112;
  8. Persaud A, Castro I, Simione M, Smith JD, O'Connor G, Sharifi M, Perkins M, Torres S, Taveras EM, Kuhlthau K, Fiechtner L. Multi-sector stakeholder's perceptions of determinants of successful implementation of a pediatric weight management intervention. Front Public Health. 2022; 10:954063. PMID: 36091513; PMCID: PMC9454190; DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.954063;
  9. Garrity BM, Perrin JM, Rodean J, Houtrow AJ, Shelton C, Stille C, McLellan S, Coleman C, Mann M, Kuhlthau K, Desmarais A, Berry JG. Annual Days With a Health Care Encounter for Children and Youth Enrolled in Medicaid: A Multistate Analysis. Acad Pediatr. 2023 Mar; 23(2):441-447.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35863733
  10. Fenning RM, Butter EM, Norris M, Chan J, Macklin EA, McKinnon-Bermingham K, Albright C, Stephenson KG, Scherr J, Moffitt J, Hess A, Steinberg-Epstein R, Kuhlthau KA. Optimizing Parent Training to Improve Oral Health Behavior and Outcomes in Underserved Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 Sep; 53(9):3683-3699. PMID: 35831693
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