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



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

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


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.

Disparities affect developmental risk for Head Start preschoolers. Burkett, K; Pickler, R; Bowers, K; Folker, AE. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2020; 54:86-92.

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; 11:2151459320960087-215145932096008.

Birth Planning in Uncertain or Life-Limiting Fetal Diagnoses: Perspectives of Physicians and Parents. Cortezzo, DE; Bowers, K; Meyer, MC. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2019; 22:1337-1345.

Intergenerational effects of maternal early life adversity on infant DNA methylation of NR3C1. Bowers, K; Ji, H; Ding, L; Ammerman, R; Van Ginkel, J; Yolton, K; Folger, AT. Annals of Epidemiology. 2019; 28:656-656.

Early infant attention as a predictor of social and communicative behavior in childhood. Bowers, K; Khoury, J; Sucharew, H; Xu, Y; Chen, A; Lanphear, B; Yolton, K. International Journal of Behavioral Development. 2019; 43:204-211.

Diabetes & Women's Health (DWH) Study: An observational study of long-term health consequences of gestational diabetes, their determinants and underlying mechanisms in the USA and Denmark. Zhang, C; Olsen, SF; Hinkle, SN; Gore-Langton, RE; Vaag, A; Grunnet, LG; Yeung, EH; Bao, W; Bowers, K; Liu, A; et al. BMJ Open. 2019; 9:e025517-e025517.

Ambient ozone and fine particulate matter exposures and autism spectrum disorder in metropolitan Cincinnati, Ohio. Kaufman, JA; Wright, JM; Rice, G; Connolly, N; Bowers, K; Anixt, J. Environmental Research. 2019; 171:218-227.

Neonatal NR3C1 Methylation and Social-Emotional Development at 6 and 18 Months of Age. Folger, AT; Ding, L; Ji, H; Yolton, K; Ammerman, RT; Van Ginkel, JB; Bowers, K. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2019; 13.

Nonmedically Indicated Induction of Labor Compared with Expectant Management in Nulliparous Women Aged 35 Years or Older. Kawakita, T; Bowers, K; Khoury, JC. American Journal of Perinatology: neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine. 2019; 36:45-52.