A photo of Katherine Bowers.

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


My interest in research came from a long-standing desire to understand the etiology of autism spectrum disorders. After joining Cincinnati Children’s in 2012, I began to study child development more broadly. My research is primarily in perinatal epidemiology, and my specific areas of interest include exposures and conditions during pregnancy and their implications for offspring health.

Two of my primary projects focus on psychosocial factors and diabetes experienced in pregnancy. The first one is about how adversity experienced by individuals in poverty affects child development and how DNA methylation may underlie this effect. The second project follows the offspring of women who had diabetes in pregnancy. I am interested in the long-term effects of metabolic and neurobehavioral impairments.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Biostatistics and Epidemiology


PhD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.

Post-doctoral Fellowship: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda MD.


Long-Term Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Outcomes After Acute Myeloid Leukemia: A Childhood Cancer Survivor Study Report. Stefanski, KJ; Anixt, JS; Goodman, P; Bowers, K; Leisenring, W; Scott Baker, K; Burns, K; Howell, R; Davies, S; Robison, LL; et al. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2021; 113:481-495.

Substance Use and Utilization of Prenatal and Postpartum Care. Nidey, N; Kair, LR; Wilder, C; Froehlich, TE; Weber, S; Folger, A; Marcotte, M; Tabb, K; Bowers, K. Journal of Addiction Medicine. 2021.

Functional data analysis and prediction tools for continuous glucose-monitoring studies. Gecili, E; Huang, R; Khoury, JC; King, E; Altaye, M; Bowers, K; Szczesniak, RD. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2021; 5.

Does Birthweight Represent Imprinting for Life? Preliminary Findings from the Level and Timing of Diabetic Hyperglycemia in Utero: Transgenerational Effect on Adult Morbidity (TEAM) Study. Khoury, JC; Altaye, M; Ehrlich, S; Summer, S; Ollberding, NJ; Szczesniak, R; Gupta, R; Catalano, P; Bowers, K. Kyoto Daig Kekkaku Ken Kiyo. 2020; 3.

Combinations of adverse childhood events and risk of postpartum depression among mothers enrolled in a home visiting program. Nidey, N; Bowers, K; Ammerman, RT; Shah, AN; Phelan, KJ; Clark, MJ; Van Ginkel, JB; Folger, AT. Annals of Epidemiology. 2020; 52:26-34.

Associations Between Maternal Community Deprivation and Infant DNA Methylation of the SLC6A4 Gene. DeLano, K; Folger, AT; Ding, L; Ji, H; Yolton, K; Ammerman, RT; Van Ginkel, JB; Bowers, KA. Frontiers in Public Health. 2020; 8.

Disparities Affect Developmental Risk for Head Start Preschoolers. Burkett, K; Pickler, R; Bowers, K; Folker, AE. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2020; 54:86-92.

Does Exposure to Type 1 Diabetes In Utero Increase the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome, Especially Abdominal Obesity, in Young Adults?. Summer, S; Khoury, J; Bowers, K; Lima, T; Hunt, J; Ollberding, N. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2020; 4:1692-1692.

Obese trauma patients who sustain orthopaedic fractures experience increased length of stay, ICU admissions and mortality. Brendan R, S; Katherine A, B; Kevin P, S; Jane C, K; Mekibib, A; Michael T, A; Frank R, A. 2020; 45:004-011.

A Nomogram for Predicting 30-day Mortality in Elderly Patients Undergoing Hemiarthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fractures. Crawford, ZT; Southam, B; Matar, R; Avilucea, FR; Bowers, K; Altaye, M; Archdeacon, MT. Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. 2020; 11.