Catherine Pirkle

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Catherine Pirkle, PhD


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

Correa LCAC, Pirkle CM, Wu YY, Vafaei A, Curcio CL, Câmara SMA. Urinary incontinence is associated with physical performance decline in community-dwelling older women: results from the International Mobility in Aging Study. J Aging Health. 2018; doi 10.1177/0898264318799223

Vélez MP, Alvarado BE, Rosendaal N, da Câmara SMA, Belanger E, Richarson H, Pirkle CM. Age at natural menopause and physical functioning in postmenopausal women: the Candandian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Menopause. 2019 May 20. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001362. [Epub ahead of print]

Câmara SMA, Sentell TL, Bassani DG, Domingues MR, Pirkle CM. Strengthening research capacity to address adolescent fertility in Northeast Brazil. J Glob Health. 2019;9(1):010303.

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]

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