Catherine Pirkle

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Catherine Pirkle, PhD

Associate Professor

Specialization Head: Health Policy and Management

Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Public Health and Epidemiology), University of Montreal
  • MSc (Community Health), University of Montreal
  • BSc (Environmental Sciences), McGill University

Awards & Honors

  • CIHR postdoctoral fellowship: Research in First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit health
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship doctoral award

Research Interests

As a global health researcher trained in epidemiology and health services, much of my research has investigated the programmatic elements of interventions that contribute- or harm- maternal and child health in diverse settings. At present, I have projects in Canada (including Nunavik), Bermuda, Colombia, Brazil, and Albania. These projects are largely divided into two themes: promoting the food security of pregnant women and reducing their exposure to environmental contaminants (Nunavik and Bermuda) and documenting the health trajectories of women with varying reproductive and obstetrical histories (other sites).

Selected Publications

Hipp SL, Wu YY, Rosendaal NTA, Pirkle CM. Association of parenthood with incident heart disease in United States’ older men and women: A longitudinal analysis of Health and Retirement Study Data. J Aging Health. 2019Mar 10:898264319831512. doi: 10.1177/0898264319831512. [Epub ahead of print]

Delafield R, Pirkle CM, Dumont A. Predictors of uterine rupture in a large sample of women in Senegal and Mali: A cross-sectional analysis of QUARITE trial data. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.2018;18(1):432. doi:10.1186/s12884-018-2064-y.

Pirkle CM, Ylli A, Burazeri G, Sentell T. Social and community factors associated with hypertension awareness and control among older adults in Tirana, Albania. Eur J Public Health. 2018;28(6):1163-1168. 

Rosendaal N, Alvarado B, Wu YY, Velez MP, Câmara SM, Pirkle, CM. Adolescent childbirth is associated with greater Framingham Risk Scores for cardiovascular disease among participants of the International Mobility in Aging Study. J Am Heart Assoc.2017; 6:e007058

Pirkle CM, Muckle G, Lemire M. Managing mercury exposure in northern Canadian communities. CMAJ. 2016;188(14):1015-1023.