Catherine L Kothari, PhD

Catherine L Kothari, PhD
Catherine L Kothari, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences


Biosketch

Catherine Kothari PhD is a Population Health researcher within the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Biomedical Sciences Department.  She conducts investigator-initiated research and program evaluation focusing upon social determinants of health, health services and health outcomes for topics spanning racial - socioeconomic disparities, intimate partner violence, criminal justice involvement and mental health.  In addition to traditional quantitative and qualitative research methods, she uses geospatial analysis for mapping and multi-level analysis of health outcomes.

She is senior epidemiologist for Cradle-Kalamazoo, a collective impact community initiative to improve maternal-infant health and reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities.  As part of this effort, she has developed the Cradle Data Hub; which includes a Care Coordination Registry of maternal-infant home visitation programs, Kalamazoo Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team, and the Mom’s Health Experiences Survey.

She serves on local, state and national advisory boards including the Kalamazoo Interpersonal Violence Response Team, Michigan Infant Mortality Advisory Council, National Fetal Infant Mortality Review Racial Disparities Workgroup.  Dr. Kothari leads the Kalamazoo Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team and helps train teams across the state.

She serves as co- instructor for the Epidemiology lecture series with WMed, authored the Medical Student Scholarly Project program guide and developed the research arm of WMed’s Active Citizenship program (2014-2016). She is a faculty advisor for the Social Justice Interest Group, and her student nominee was an awardee the US Public Health Service 2017 Excellence in Public Health Award.

  • Education and Training

    • PhD 2014, Health Sciences, Western Michigan University
    • MA 1985, Communications, Michigan State University
    • BA 1983, English and Sociology, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Research

    • intimate partner violence
    • Mental Health
    • Medical Sociology, Social Demography, Race/Ethnicity, Social epidemiology, Social Inequalities
    • Environment and Public Health
    • Diversity & Inequality
    • Community Based Research
  • Publications

  • Presentations

    • Increased NICU Admission Rate for Infants of Chlamydia-Infected Mothers. Issack W, Bauler L, Kothari C, Loveland J, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
    • COVID-19 Pandemic, Social Change, and a Rise in Overdose Deaths. Bielby C, Kothari C, Mecklenburg K, deJong J, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
    • Care Coordination Registry Identifies System Gaps and Strengths. Presberry J, Kothari C, Lubwama G, Bautista T, O'Rourke B, Lenz D, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
    • Race, Multiraciality, Income, and Infant Mortality: Markers of Racial Equity. Kothari C, Corbit K, Presberry J, Bautista T, O'Rourke B, Lenz D, Evans N, Coleman M, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
    • Barriers to Postpartum Care: A Mixed Methods Study of Midwestern Postpartum Women. Tighe K, Miller E, Tierney K, Pearce N, Steiner A, Presberry J, Kothari C, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
    • Kalamazoo Maternal/Child Health Universal Access Form Investigation. Kothari C, Presberry J, Gray M, Yu J, Woods-Dawson J, Vergara R, Razvi K, DeMoss M, O'Rourke B, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
    • Preventing Sleep-related Deaths Using Fetal Infant Mortality Reviews. Corpuz E, Sullivan B, Beck E, Carroll E, Presberry J, Lenz D, O'Rourke B, Bautista T, Kothari C, 40th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2022
    • Race In Healthcare: Stories of Grace in the Face of Systemic Discrimination. Presberry J, Allen E, Jackson Y, McWilliams EA, Hans A, Bautista T, Johnson E, Ospina F, Gumbleton L, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Differential Impact of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) Within the Kalamazoo Community. Sullivan BN, Lin AJ, Mak JR, Lee CY, Baxter J, Presberry J, Corbit K, Bautista T, Lucas S, Razvi K, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • "The Quicker They Could Be Done With Me, The Better": Women's Perspectives on Time, Equity, and Quality Perinatal Healthcare. Wadsworth P, Duerst A, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Race and Intersectionality: Women's Stories of Powerlessness and Invisibility in Healthcare. Allen E, Jackson Y, McWilliams EA, Hans A, Bautista T, Johnson E, Ospina F, Presberry J, Gumbleton L, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Empowering Women's Self-Agency in Prenatal Care With a Trusting Patient-Provider Relationship. Waters C, Linares S, Gumbleton L, Presberry J, Sandberg M, Moss D, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Role of Psychosocial Risk Factors in Mothers' Engagement in Safe Sleep Practices. Chahin S, Gates K, Damashek A, Dickson C, Lenz D, Lubwama G, Bautista T, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Time to Break Up the Power Hierarchy: Listen to Women. Deibel M, Linares S, Moss D, Sandberg M, Waters C, Gumbleton L, Presberry J, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Impact of Patient Provider Relationship on Post-Partum Contraception Choice. Hillier L, Smith S, Bauler L, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Geographic Access to Pediatric Care and Preventable ED Visits for Children Living in High Risk Neighborhoods. Kothari C, Baker K, Dickson C, Baxter J, Long W, Kaur A, Donkor D, Bolliet M, Rhodes K, Bautista T, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Discrimination, Vigilance, and the Patient-Provider Relationship. Moss D, Sandberg M, Linares S, Deibel M, Gumbleton L, Presberry J, Waters C, Kothari C, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021
    • Short Interpregnancy Intervals Are Associated with Poor Birth Outcomes for Women of Kalamazoo County. Parr R, Vos D, Sherfield M, Kothari C, Bauler L, 38th Annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Virtual Research Day, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 04/2021