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Katherine W. Reeves

Associate Professor and Program Head, Epidemiology

Research areas include cancer epidemiology, women's health, breast cancer, endocrine disruption.

Current Research
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

  • BS Yale University, 2002
  • MPH The Ohio State University, 2003
  • PhD University of Pittsburgh, 2008
Arthur RS, Kabat GC, Kim MY, Wild RA, Shadyab AH, Wactawski-Wende J, Ho GYF, Reeves KW, Kuller LH, Luo J, Beebe-Dimmer J, Simon MS, Strickler H, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Rohan TE. Metabolic syndrome and risk of endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women: a prospective study. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Apr;30(4):355-363. doi: 10.1007/s10552-019-01139-5. Epub 2019 Feb 20. PubMed PMID: 30788634.
Díaz Santana MV, Hankinson SE, Bigelow C, Sturgeon SR, Zoeller RT, Tinker L, Manson JAE, Calafat AM, Meliker JR, Reeves KW. Urinary concentrations of phthalate biomarkers and weight change among postmenopausal women: a prospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2019 Mar 12;18(1):20. doi: 10.1186/s12940-019-0458-6. PubMed PMID: 30866962; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6417117.
Reeves KW, Santana MD, Manson JE, Hankinson SE, Zoeller RT, Bigelow C, Hou L, Wactawski-Wende J, Liu S, Tinker L, Calafat AM. Predictors of urinary phthalate biomarker concentrations in postmenopausal women. Environ Res. 2019 Feb;169:122-130. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.10.024. Epub 2018 Oct 30. PubMed PMID: 30447499; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6347530.
Reeves KW, Santana MD, Manson JE, Hankinson SE, Zoeller RT, Bigelow C, Sturgeon SR, Spiegelman D, Tinker L, Luo J, Chen B, Meliker J, Bonner MR, Cote ML, Cheng TD, Calafat AM. Urinary Phthalate Biomarker Concentrations and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Jan 10;. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djz002. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30629220.
Reeves KW, Schneider S, Xue J, Kannan K, Mason H, Johnson M, Makari-Judson G, Santana MD. Bisphenol-A in breast adipose tissue of breast cancer cases and controls. Environ Res. 2018 Nov;167:735-738. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.08.033. Epub 2018 Aug 31. PubMed PMID: 30236518.
Kiridly-Calderbank JF, Sturgeon SR, Kroenke CH, Reeves KW. Antidepressant Use and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in the Women's Health Initiative. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Aug;27(8):892-898. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-1035. Epub 2018 May 22. PubMed PMID: 29789327; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6072592.
Pérez-Caraballo AM, Ma Y, Ockene JK, Reeves KW, Balasubramanian R, Stanczyk FZ, Allison MA, Chen C, Wang L, Manson JE, Sturgeon SR. Association of urinary levels of 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (aMT6s) with prevalent and incident hypertension. Chronobiol Int. 2018 Aug;35(8):1115-1121. doi: 10.1080/07420528.2018.1461109. Epub 2018 May 11. PubMed PMID: 29750588.
Reeves KW, Pennell M, Foraker RE, Crandall CJ, Stefanick M, Paskett ED. Predictors of vasomotor symptoms among breast cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2018 Jun;12(3):379-387. doi: 10.1007/s11764-018-0677-9. Epub 2018 Feb 9. PubMed PMID: 29427202; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5955842.
Bogdan AR, Reeves KW. Sleep Duration in Relation to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in American Adults. Behav Sleep Med. 2018 May-Jun;16(3):235-243. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2016.1188391. Epub 2016 Jun 20. PubMed PMID: 27322967.
Doughty KN, Ronnenberg AG, Reeves KW, Qian J, Sibeko L. Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding Among Women With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in the United States. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2018 May;47(3):301-315. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2018.02.005. Epub 2018 Mar 3. PubMed PMID: 29510090.
Contact Info

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

(413) 577-4298