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Katherine W. Reeves

Associate Professor and Program Head, Epidemiology

My research seeks to identify modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, with the ultimate goal of reducing breast cancer morbidity and mortality. Specifically, my research focuses on modifiable factors that may mediate breast cancer risk through hormonal pathways, including depression and/or antidepressant use, endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA) or phthalates, and obesity and metabolic disease. I seek to understand how these factors may impact breast cancer risk and mammographic density (a strong breast cancer risk factor).

Learn more at www.umass.edu/sphhs/person/faculty/katherine-w-reeves

Academic Background

  • B.S. Yale University, 2002
  • M.P.H. The Ohio State University, 2003
  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, 2008
Kiridly-Calderbank JF, Sturgeon SR, Kroenke CH, Reeves KW. Antidepressant use and risk of colorectal cancer in the Women’s Health Initiative. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. In press. PMID: 29789327
Reeves KW, Okereke OI, Qian J, Tamimi RM, Eliassen AH, Hankinson SE. Depression, antidepressant use and breast cancer risk in pre- and postmenopausal women: A prospective cohort study. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 2017; 27(3):306-314. PMCID: PMC5835185
Hart V, Sturgeon SR, Reich N, Sievert LL, Crawford SL, Gold EB, Avis NE, Reeves KW. Menopausal symptoms and incident breast cancer risk in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. Cancer Causes and Control. 2016. 27(11):1333-1340. PMCID: PMC5353975
Reeves KW, Okereke OI, Qian J, Tworoger SS, Rice MS, Hankinson SE. Antidepressant use and circulating prolactin levels. Cancer Causes and Control. 2016. 27:853-861. PMCID: PMC4925273
Corbasson I, Hankinson SE, Stanek EJ, Reeves KW. Urinary bisphenol-A, phthalate metabolites and body composition in U.S. adults, NHANES 1999-2006. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 2016. 26(5-6):606-17. PMID: 27643383
Brown SB, Hankinson SE, Arcaro KF, Qian J, Reeves KW. Depression, Antidepressant Use and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 2016. 25:158-164. PMCID: PMC5835185
Houghton SC, Reeves KW, Hankinson SE, Crawford L, Lane D, Wactawski-Wende J, Thomson C, Ockene J, Sturgeon SR. Perineal powder use and risk of ovarian cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2014; 106(9). PMCID: PMC4200058
Reeves KW, Luo J Hankinson SE, Hendryx M, Margolis KL, Manson JE, Franke AA. Within-person variability of urinary bisphenol-A in postmenopausal women. Environmental Research. 2014; 135:285-288. PMCID: PMC5032830
Contact Info

Department of Epidemiology
411 Arnold House
715 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

(413) 577-4298