Karen A. Ertel

Karen Ertel
Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor
Campus Address: 
423 Arnold House

B.S., Georgetown University, 1999; M.P.H., University of California Berkeley, 2004; Sc.D., Harvard University, 2008

Area(s) of Specialization: 

social epidemiology, maternal and child health, perinatal mental health

Research Description: 

I am a social epidemiologist, focused on how social and cultural conditions affect maternal mental health and early development in childhood.

Key Publications: 

Ertel, KA, Rich-Edwards, JW, Koenen, KC (2011). Depression among mothers in the United States: Nationally-representative rates and risks. Journal of Women’s Health; 20(11):1609-17.

Ertel, KA, Koenen, KC, Rich-Edwards, JW, Gillman, MW (2010). Antenatal and postpartum depressive symptoms are differentially associated with early childhood weight and adiposity. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology; 24: 179-189.

Ertel KA, Kleinman K, van Rossem L, Sagiv S, Tiemeier H, Hofman A, Jaddoe V, Raat H (2012). Maternal perinatal depression not independently associated with child body mass index in the Generation R Study: Methods and missing data matter. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 65(12): 1300-1309. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2012.05.013

Ertel KA, James-Todd T, Kleinman K, Krieger N, Gillman M, Wright R, Rich-Edwards J (2012). Racial discrimination, response to unfair treatment, and depressive symptoms among pregnant black and African American women in the United States. Annals of Epidemiology 22(12):840-6. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2012.10.001

Ertel KA, Silveira M, Pekow P, Braun B, Manson JE, Solomon CG, Markenson G, Chasan-Taber L (2013). Prenatal depressive symptoms and abnormalities of glucose tolerance during pregnancy among Hispanic women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. doi: 10.1007/s00737-013-0379-2

Karen Ertel Curriculum Vitae