Catherine L. Carlson Haggerty, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Epidemiology


5133 Public Health Building, 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

As a reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist, the overall goal of my work is to improve health, prevent disease and eliminate health disparities among reproductive-aged women and their children.  I have been actively involved in women’s health 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.


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 and women's health
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Preconception biomarkers for adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • The role of infection and inflammation in infertility, chronic pelvic pain and adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • Microbiome
  • Global health 

Current Research Support

Prospective epidemiologic study of novel etiologic agents of pelvic inflammatory disease (2018 – 2020), NIH/NIAID


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

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. Gondwe T, Betha K, Kusneniwar GN, Bunker CH, Tang G, Simhan H, Reddy P, 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. doi: 10.1186/s12887-018-1324-3. PMID: 30400845.


2. Taylor BD, Ness RB, Klebanoff MA, Tang G, Roberts JM, Hougaard DM, Skogstrand K, Haggerty CL. Fetal sexual dimorphism in systemic soluble fms-like tryrosine kinase 1 (sFLT) among normotensive and preeclamptic women. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 2018 Nov; 80(5):e13034. doi: 10.1111/aji.13034. 


3. Taylor BD, Ness RB, Klebanoff MA, Tang G, Roberts JM, Hougaard DM, Skogstrand K, Haggerty CL. The impact of female fetal sex on preeclampsia and the maternal immune milieu. Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Women’s Cardiovascular Health. 2018 Feb 24; 12:53-57. PMID: 29674199.


4. Taylor BD, Totten PA, Astete SG, Ferris MJ, Martin DH, Ness RB, Haggerty CL. Toll-like receptor variants and cervical Atopobium vaginae infection in women with pelvic inflammatory disease. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. 2018 Feb; 79(2). PMID: 29286178.


5. Gorwitz RJ, Wiesenfeld HC, Chen PL, Hammon KR, Sereday KA, Haggerty CL, Johnson RE, Papp JR, Kissin DM, Henning TC, Hook EW 3rd, Steinkampf MP, Markowitz LE, Geisler WM. Population- attributable fraction of tubal factor infertility associated with chlamydia. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2017 Sep; 217(3):336.e1-336.316. PMID: 28532600.


6. Taylor BD, Ness RB, Klebanoff MA, Zoh R, Bass D, Hougaard DM, Skogstrand K, Haggerty CL. First and second trimester immune biomarkers in preeclamptic and normotensive women. Pregnancy Hypertension: An International Journal of Women's Cardiovascular Health. 2016 Oct; 6(4):388-393. PMID: 27939488.


7. Taylor BD, Zheng X, Darville T, Abiodun-Ojo O, Konganti K, Ness RB, Haggerty, CL. Whole-exome sequencing to identify novel candidate genes associated with infertility following pelvic inflammatory disease. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2017 Jan; 44(1):35-41. PMID: 27898568.


8. Betha K, Eastman JM, Tang, G, Haggerty CL. Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis among Childbearing Age Women in India: A Systematic Review. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016; 2016:8561645. PMID: 27672303.


9. Kusneniwar GN, Whelan RM, Betha K, Robertson JM, Ramidi PR, Balasubramanian K, Kamasamudram V, Haggerty CL, Bunker CH, Reddy PS. Cohort Profile: The Longitudinal Indian Family hEalth (LIFE) Pilot Study, Telangana State, India. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2017 Jun 1; 46(3):788-789j. PMID: 27649805.


10. Jones KA, Cornelius MD, Silverman JG, Tancredi DJ, Decker MR, Haggerty CL, De Genna NM, Miller E. Abusive Experiences and Young Women's Sexual Health Outcomes: Is Condom Negotiation Self-Efficacy a Mediator? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2016 Jun; 48(2):57-64. PMID: 27077497.



Catherine L. Carlson Haggerty