Catherine L. Carlson Haggerty, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Graduate School of Public Health

Professor, Epidemiology

Vice Chair of Public Health Practice, Epidemiology

Director, Reproductive, Perinatal & Pediatric Area of Emphasis, Epidemiology


5133 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: unttregl@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-2822
Fax: 967-179-2842
Web site:

Ellen Mooney, ryz664@cvgg.rqh, 967-179-6808

Personal Statement

I am a reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist with cross-cutting expertise in infectious disease epidemiology and global health.  I have been actively involved in multi-disciplinary research for nearly two decades, leading numerous NIH and CDC funded studies that combine reproductive, infectious disease and molecular epidemiology.  Several of my ongoing projects are focused on the role of the vaginal microbiome in pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes.


I am a Co-lead of the Healthy Environments and Strong Bodies working group of The Pittsburgh Study (TPS), a community-partnered project designed to identify the best ways to provide children in Allegheny County, PA the needed support to graduate from high school on time, healthy and thriving.  I lead a multidisciplinary group that is coordinating longitudinal, observational studies among pregnant participants, children and adolescents.  The group is focused on areas that we have identified as high importance to the community, based on focus groups and community asset mapping, including air and water quality, psychosocial stress, infectious disease, green space, physical activity, diet and nutrition and food security.  We are working to design research studies and collaborative initiatives to develop, test and implement interventions that can improve maternal and child health, address health inequities and support the thriving of all children in our communities.  I am committed to examining disparities in pregnancy and child outcomes globally, and also co-lead the Longitudinal Indian Family hEalth (LIFE) Study, conducted in collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh, the MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) and Science Health Allied Research & Education (SHARE) INDIA.  We are examining the environmental, infectious, lifestyle, metabolic and genetic factors that impact birth outcomes and early childhood health and development among a large cohort of Indian participants that were recruited preconception and followed through conception, pregnancy and delivery.


2001 - 2004 | NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (NICHD), University of Pittsburgh

2002 | Community Health Summer Internship, University of Pittsburgh

2001 | University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. Epidemiology

1999 | University of Pittsburgh, M.P.H. Epidemiology

1994 | University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Mathematics


EPIDEM 2160:  Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

EPIDEM 2720:  Reproductive Epidemiology


  • 2011-present | Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
  • 2008-present | Director, Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Area of Emphasis, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
  • 2017-present | Affiliate Faculty, Center for Microbiome & Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2016-present | Faculty, Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2003-present | Member, Magee-Womens Research Institute 



Research Interests

  • Reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology
  • Women's health
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • COVID-19
  • Preconception biomarkers of adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • The role of infection and inflammation in infertility, chronic pelvic pain and adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • Vaginal microbiome
  • Global health 

Current Research Support

Prospective epidemiologic study of novel etiologic agents of pelvic inflammatory disease (2020 - 2024), NIH/NIAID


Immune activating syncytiotrophoblast microvesicles and danger associated molecular patterns in preeclampsia risk (2019 - 2024), NIH/NICHD


Evaluating the intersection between sexually transmitted infections, inflammation and reproductive success (2020 - 2025), NIH/NIAID

Professional Memberships

Member, International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research

Member, International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections

Member, American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association

Member, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research

Member, The Society of Epidemiologic Research


  • 2014 | University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) Alumni Award, University of Pittsburgh.  In recognition for dedication to the UPPDA as a founding member of the UPPDA, an UPPDA Executive Board member and for continued support as a faculty member participating in workshops for the postdoc community.
  • 2009 | Nominee, Craig Award in Teaching, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2006 | Faculty Honoree, University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation
  • 2005 | "40 Under 40" Honoree, awarded by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) to "talented individuals under the age of 40 who are making a positive impact on the region's development."
  • 2003 | National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Recipient
  • 2003 | Women's Health Scholar Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2002 | Student Honoree, University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation
  • 2001 | Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award, NIH
  • 2001 | Delta Omega Society Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health 

Selected Publications


Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography:




1. Anyalechi GE, Wiesenfeld HC, Kirkcaldy RD, Kissin DM, Haggerty CL, Hammond KR, Hook EW 3rd, Bernstein KT, Steinkampf MP, Geisler WM. Tubal factor infertility, in vitro fertilization, and racial disparities: a retrospective cohort in two US clinics. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2021 Apr 1. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001435. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 33833148.


2. Haggerty CL, Ness RB, Totten PA, Farooq F, Tang G, Ko D, Hou X, Fiedler TL, Srinivasan S, Astete SG, Fredricks DN. Presence and Concentrations of Select Bacterial Vaginosis-Associated Bacteria Are Associated With Increased Risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2020 May; 47(5):344-345. PMID: 32149953.


3. Gondwe T, Betha K, Kusneniwar GN, Bunker CH, Tang G, Simhan H, Reddy PS, Haggerty CL. Maternal Factors Associated with Mode of Delivery in a Population with a High Cesarean Section Rate. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. 2019 Dec; 9(4):252-258. PMID: 31854166.


4. Gondwe T, Betha K, Kusneniwar GN, Bunker CH, Tang G, Simhan H, Haggerty CL. Adverse infant outcomes associated with cesarean section delivery in India. International Health. 2020 Sep 1; 12(5):411-416. PMID: 31819983.


5. Gondwe T, Ness R, Totten PA, Astete S, Tang G, Gold MA, Martin D, Haggerty CL. Novel bacterial vaginosis-associated organisms mediate the relationship between vaginal douching and pelvic inflammatory disease. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2020 Sep; 96(6):439-444. PMID: 31810995.


6. Wiringa AE, Ness RB, Darville T, Beigi RH, Haggerty CLTrichomonas vaginalis, endometritis and sequelae among women with clinically suspected pelvic inflammatory disease. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2020 Sep; 96(6):436-438. PMID: 31719170.


7. Rose OM, Fredricks DN, Soge OO, Farooq F, Tang G, Ness R, Haggerty CL. Stability of Chlamydia trachomatis RNA after long-term biobank storage. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2019 Nov; 95(7):551. PMID: 31628264.


8. Nagarajan UM, Sikes JD, Burris RL, Jha R, Popovic B, Fraungruber P, Hennings L, Haggerty CL, Nagarajan S. Genital Chlamydia infection in hyperlipidemic mouse models exacerbates atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis. 2019 Nov; 290:103-110. PMID:31604170.


9. Gondwe T, Betha K, Kusneniwar GN, Bunker CH, Tang G, Simhan H, Reddy PS, Haggerty CL. Mode of delivery and short-term infant health outcomes: a prospective cohort study in a peri-urban Indian Population. BMC Pediatrics. 2018 Nov 6; 18(1):346. PMID: 30400845.


10. Taylor BD, Haggerty CL, Ness RB, Hougaard DM, Skogstrand K, Roberts JM, Olsen J. Fetal sexual dimorphism in systemic soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 among normotensive and preeclampic women. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 2018 Nov; 80(5):e13034. PMID: 30106204.

Catherine L. Carlson Haggerty