Faculty Bio - Catherine L. Carlson Haggerty, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Reproductive Epidemiology with tenure
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Epidemiology
Graduate School of Public Health
516B Parran Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Catherine Haggerty received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 with a concentration in Women's Health. She was appointed a member of the Omicron Chapter of Delta Omega and was a 2003 recipient of the University of Pittsburgh's Women's Health Scholar Award, honoring her combined interest in women's health research and community outreach. From 2001 through 2004, she examined the effect of endometritis and upper genital tract infection on reproductive morbidity as an NIH National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellow. Currently, she serves as Associate Professor of Reproductive Epidemiology, Head of the Women's Health Area of Emphasis, and Co-Director of the NIH T32 funded Reproductive Epidemiology Training Program in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Epidemiology. During her faculty appointment, she has been awarded five R01 grants in the area of reproductive epidemiology: four specifically examining the prospective associations between non-gonococcal, non-chlamydial bacteria, PID, and its long term sequelae. She is also serving as Co-PI of a CDC funded U48 case control study of chlamydia and infertility among women assessed for tubal disease or treated by assisted reproductive technology.
- Reproductive and women’s health
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- The role of infection and inflammation in infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and adverse pregnancy outcomes
- Global health
- Multicenter case-control study of Chlamydia trachomatis infection and tubal-factor infertility (2011 – 2014) CDC, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Center
- The role of uncultivable bacteria in pelvic inflammatory disease (2011 – 2012) NIAID
- Mycoplasma genitalium and pelvic inflammatory disease (2010 – 2012) NIAID
- Novel Pathogens in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (2008 – 2013) NIAID
- Infection, Inflammation, and Preeclampsia (2006 - 2011) NIAID
- Mycoplasma genitalium and pelvic inflammatory disease (2005 - 2008) NIAID
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Atherosclerosis, and Vascular Stiffness Evaluation (PAVE) (2004) Department of Epidemiology Small Grants Program
- Chronic Pelvic Pain after Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (2001 - 2004) NICHD
Education & Training
- NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (NICHD), University of Pittsburgh, 2001 - 2004
- Community Health Summer Internship, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
- University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. Epidemiology, 2001
- University of Pittsburgh, M.P.H. Epidemiology, 1999
- University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Mathematics, 1994
||Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Head of the Women’s Health and Reproductive, Perinatal, & Pediatric Epidemiology Areas of Concentration, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Co-director of the Reproductive, Perinatal & Pediatric Epidemiology Training Grant, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health www.epidemiology.pitt.edu/financialaid.asp#Reproductive
||Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Member, Magee-Womens Research Institute
||Instructor, Seminar in Epidemiologic and Public Health Presentation, Univ. of Pgh, Pgh, PA
||Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Teaching Assistant, Epidemiology of Aging, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Teaching Assistant, Environmental Causes of Reproductive Failure, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Teaching Assistant, Epidemiology of Women’s Health, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Coordinator, Student Epidemiology Workshop, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Member, Community Health Speakers Bureau, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Graduate Student Researcher, University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health
||Member, International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
||Member, The North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
||Member, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research
||Member, The Society for Epidemiologic Research
||Member, Pennsylvania Public Health Association
||Member, International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections
||Member, American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
||Member, American College of Epidemiology
||Chair, University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association Survey and Newsletter Committee
||Vice Chair of Education, University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association Executive Committee
||Steering Committee & Member, University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association
||Volunteer, Americorps, Pittsburgh Health Corps
||Selected as one of 3 “Star Junior Faculty” by the Chair and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
||Faculty of 1000 Medicine award for senior authored paper: Short VL, Totten PA, Ness RB, Astete SG, Kelsey SF, Haggerty CL. Mycoplasma genitalium has a less severe clinical presentation than Neisseria gonorrhoeae among women with clinically suspected pelvic inflammatory disease. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2009. Faculty of 1000 Medicine is a literature awareness service that identifies and evaluates the most important articles published in Medicine based on the recommendations of peer-nominated leading researchers and clinicians.
||Nominee, Craig Award in Teaching, University of Pittsburgh
||Faculty honoree, University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation
||"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"
||National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Recipient
||Women’s Health Scholar Award, University of Pittsburgh
||Selected by intern peers and program coordinators to present summer internship experience at the Bridging the Gaps/Graduate School of Public Health Community Health Summer Internship Program Annual Day of Presentations/Symposium, University of Pittsburgh
||Student Honoree, Honors Convocation, University of Pittsburgh
||Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Award, NIH
||Delta Omega Society Omicron Chapter, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
||B.S., Cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh
||National Honor Society
- EPIDEM 2720 Reproductive Epidemiology
- EPIDEM 2721 Research Seminar in Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology
- Pittrof R, Sully E, Bass DC, Ness RB, Kelsey SF, Haggerty CL. Stimulating an immune response: Oral sex is associated with less endometritis. International Journal of STD & AIDS, in press.
- Haggerty CL, Seifert ME, Tang G, Olsen J, Bass DC, Karumanchi SA, Ness RB. Second trimester anti-angiogenic proteins and preeclampsia. Pregnancy and Hypertension: An International Journal of Women’s Cardiovascular Health, in press.
- Taylor BD, Darville T, Ferrell RE, Kammerer CM, Ness RB, Haggerty CL. Variants in Toll-like receptor 1 and 4 genes are associated with Chlamydia trachomatis among women with pelvic inflammatory disease. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2012;205:603-609, February 15. DOI:10.1093/infdis/jir822.
- Haggerty CL & Taylor BD. Mycoplasma genitalium: an emerging cause of pelvic inflammatory disease. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics & Gynecology, in press. 2011;2011:959816. Published online 2011 December 25. Doi:1155/2011/959816 PMCID:PMC3253449.
- Taylor BD, Darville T, Tan C, Bavoil PM, Ness RB, Haggerty CL. The role of Chlamydia trachomatis polymorphic membrane proteins in inflammation and sequelae among women with pelvic inflammatory disease. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2011;Vol.2011, Article ID 989762, 8 pages. Doi:10.1155/2011/989762.
- Trent M, Bass D, Ness RB, Haggerty CL. Recurrent PID, Subsequent STI, and Reproductive Health Outcomes: Findings from the PID Evaluation and Clinical Health (PEACH) Study. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 38(9):879-881, September 2011. PMID: 21844746
- Taylor BD, Haggerty CL. Management of Chlamydia trachomatis genital tract infection: Screening and treatment challenges. Infection and Drug Resistance 2011;4:19-29.
- Taylor BD, Ness RB, Darville T, Haggerty CL. Microbial correlates of delayed care for pelvic inflammatory disease. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 38(5):434-438, May 2011. Doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181ffa7c7
- Trent M, Haggerty CL, Jennings JM, Bass DB, Lee S, Ness RB. Adverse adolescent reproductive health outcomes after pelvic inflammatory disease. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2011 Jan;165(1):49-54.
- Meyer JL, Gold MA, Haggerty CL. Advance Provision of Emergency Contraception Among Adolescent and Young Adult Women: A Systematic Review of Literature. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Volume 24, Issue 1, Page 2-9, Feb 2011.
- Catherine L. Haggerty, Sami L. Gottlieb, Brandie D. Taylor, Nicola Low, Fujie Xu, and Roberta B. Ness. Risk of sequelae after Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection in women. Journal of Infectious Diseases. Volume 201, Issue S2, Page S134-S155, Jun 2010.
- Short VL, Jensen JS, Nelson DB, Murray P, Ness RB, Haggerty CL. Mycoplasma genitalium in early pregnancy is not associated with spontaneous abortion among young women recruited from an urban emergency department. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and GynecologyVolume 2010 (2010), Article ID 984760, 8 pages. doi:10.1155/2010/984760
- Short VL, Totten PA, Ness RB, Astete SG, Kelsey SF, Murray P, Haggerty CL. The demographic, sexual health and behavioral correlates of Mycoplasma gentalium infection among women with clinically suspected pelvic inflammatory disease. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2009 Aug 24. PMID: 19703841
- Tan C, Hsia R, Shou H, Haggerty CL, Ness, RB, Gaydos C, Dean D, Scurlock A, Wilson D, Bavoli P. C. trachomatis-infected patients display variable antibody profiles against the nine-member polymorphic membrane protein family. Infection and Immunity, 2009 Aug:77(8):3218-26 Epub 2009 Jun 1. PMID: 19487469; PMCID: PMC2715660.
- Haggerty CL, Totten PA, Ferris M, Martin D, Hoferka S, Astete S, Ondondo R, Norori J, Ness RB. Clinical characteristics of bacterial vaginosis among women testing positive for fastidious bacteria. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2009 Aug;85(4):242-248. PMID: 19004865; PMCID: PMC2708344
- DB Nelson, A Hanlon, S Hassan, O Geifman-Holtzman, CL Haggerty, DN Fredricks. Pre-Term Labor and BV-Associated Bacteria among Urban Women. Journal of Pediatric Medicine, 2009. 37:130-4.
- Short VL, Totten PA, Ness RB, Astete SG, Kelsey SF, Haggerty CL. Clinical presentation of Mycoplasma genitalium infection versus Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection among women with pelvic inflammatory disease. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2009 Jan 1;48(1):41-7. PMID: 19025498; PMCID: PMC2652068.
- Haggerty CL, Ness RB. Diagnosis and treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease. Women’s Health, 2008. 4(4), 383-397. PMID: 19072503
- Haggerty CL, Totten PA, Astete SG, Lee S, Hoferka SL, Kelsey SF, Ness RB. Failure of cefoxitin and doxycycline to eradicate endometrial Mycoplasma genitalium and the consequence for the clinical cure of pelvic inflammatory disease. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2008 Oct; 84(5):338-42. Epub 2008 Apr 29. PMID: 18445635; PMCID: PMC2572206.
- Wu C, Sun Y, Vestergaard M, Christensen J, Ness RB, Haggerty CL, Olsen J. Preeclampsia and the risk of epilepsy in offspring. Pediatrics, 2008. 122(5):1072-1078. PMID: 18977989
- Haggerty CL. Evidence for a role of Mycoplasma genitalium in pelvic inflammatory disease. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases. 21(1):65-9, 2008 Feb. PMID: 18192788
- Hegewald MJ, Lefor MJ, Jensen RL, Crapo RO, Kritchevsky SB, Haggerty CL, Bauer DC, Satterfield S, Harris T. Peak expiratory flow is not a quality indicator for spirometry: peak expiratory flow variability and FEV1 are poorly correlated in an elderly population. Chest. 131(5):1494-9, 2007 May. PMID: 17400677
- Haggerty CL, Ness RB. Newest Approaches to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Treatment: A Review of the Recent Randomized Clinical Trials. Clinical Infectious Diseases 44(7):953-60, 2007 Apr 1. PMID: 17342647
- Haggerty CL, Totten PA, Astete SG, Ness RB. Mycoplasma genitalium among women with non-gonococcal, non-chlamydial pelvic inflammatory disease. Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics & Gynecology. vol. 2006, Article ID 30184, 5 pages, 2006. http://www.hindawi.com/GetArticle.aspx?doi=10.1155/IDOG/2006/30184 PMID:174857989
- Haggerty CL, Ness RB. Epidemiology, Treatment, and Pathogenesis of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy 4(2):235-47, 2006 Apr. PMID: 16597205
- Taaffe DR, Newman AB, Haggerty CL, Colbert L, de Rekeneire N, Visser M, Goodpaster BH, Nevitt MC, Tylavsky FA, Harris TB. Muscle composition, muscle strength, and physical function in users and nonusers of estrogen-replacement therapy: The Health ABC Study. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2005. 37(10):1741-1747. PMID: 16260975
- Haggerty CL, Ferrell RE, Hubel CA, Markovic N, Harger G, Ness RB. Association between allelic variants in cytokine genes and preeclampsia. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2005 193(1): 209-15. (Digested in the September issue of AHRQ’s Research Activites.) PMID: 16021081
- Haggerty CL, Peipert JF, Weitzen S, Hendrix SL, Holley RL, Nelson DB, Randall H, Soper DE, Wiesenfeld HC, Ness RB, for the PID Evaluation and Clinical Health (PEACH) Study Investigators. Predictors of Chronic Pelvic Pain in an Urban Population of Women with Symptoms and Signs of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2005 32(5):293-9. (Digested in Reuters Health e-line, “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease linked to pelvic pain”, http://www.reutershealth.com, posted June 15, 2005 and the AHRQ Research Activities, September 2005.) PMID: 15849530
- Ness RB, Haggerty CL, Harger G, Ferrell R. Differential Distribution of Allelic Variants in Cytokine Genes among African-American and White Americans. American Journal of Epidemiology 2004. 160(11):1033-8. (Digested in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 4, 2004 and the Voice of America Report, www.voanews.com, posted December 2004.) PMIC: 15561982
- Haggerty CL, Hillier SL, Bass DC, Ness RB. Bacterial vaginosis and anaerobic bacteria are associated with endometritis. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2004. 39:990-5. (Digested in the February 2005 No. 294 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Newsletter, http://www.ahrq.gov/research/feb05/0205RA12.htm) PMID: 15472851
- Weiner DK, Haggerty CL, Kritchevsky SB, Harris T, Simonsick EM, Nevitt M, Newman AB, for the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Research Group. How Does Low Back Pain Impact Physical Function in Independent, Well-Functioning Older Adults? Evidence from the Health ABC Cohort and Implications for the Future. Pain Medicine. December 2003;4(4):311-20. PMID: 14750907
- Haggerty CL, Schulz R, Ness RB. Lower Quality of Life Among Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain Following Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Obstetrics & Gynecology. November 2003;102(5):934-939.
- Haggerty CL, Ness RB, Kelsey S, Waterer G. The Impact of Estrogen and Progesterone on Asthma. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. March 2003;90(3):284-291; quiz 291-293. Review.
- Newman AB, Haggerty CL, Goodpaster B, Kritchevsky S, Nevitt M, Miles TP, Visser M, Harris T, for the Health, Aging and Body Composition Research Group. Strength and Muscle Quality in a Well-Functioning Cohort of Older Adults: The Health ABC Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. March 2003;51(3):323-330.
- Goodpaster BH, Krishnaswami S, Resnick H, Kelley DE, Haggerty C, Harris TB, Schwartz AV, Kritchevsky S, Newman AB. Association Between Regional Adipose Tissue Distribution and Both Type 2 Diabetes and Impaired Glucose Tolerance in Elderly Men and Women. Diabetes Care. February 2003; 26:372-379.
- Haggerty CL, Ness RB, Soper DE, Holley RL, Peipert J, Randall H, Sweet RL, Sondheimer SJ, Hendrix AL, Amortegui A, Trucco G, Hillier SL, for the PID Evaluation and Clinical Health (PEACH) Study Investigators. Endometritis Does Not Predict Reproductive Morbidity After Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. January 2003; 188(1):140-147 PMID: 12548208
- Sanders MH, Newman AB, Haggerty CL, Redline S, Lebowitz M, Shahar E, Samet J, O’Connor GT, for the Sleep Heart Health Study. Sleep and Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2003; 167(1): 7-14.
- Goodpaster BH, Carlson CL, Visser M, Kelley DE, Scherzinger A, Harris TB, Stamm E, Newman AB. Attenuation of skeletal muscle and strength in the elderly: The Health ABC Study. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2001; 90:2157-2165.
- Carlson CL, Cushman M, Enright, PL, Cauley JA, Newman AB. M.D, for the Cardiovascular Health Study Research Group. Hormone Replacement Therapy Is Associated with Higher FEV1 in Elderly Women. American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine. February 2001; 163:423-8.
- Ness RB, Markovic N, Carlson CL, Coughlin MT. Do men become infertile after having sexually transmitted urethritis? An epidemiologic examination. Fertility & Sterility. August 1997; 68(2):205-13.