Dr. Kathi Huddleston, PhD, MSN

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Term Associate Research Professor, Nursing

Contact Information

Email: khuddles@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-1947
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 3035


Building on over 40 years of nursing practice and research experience, Dr. Kathi Huddleston’s research interest has focused on improving health outcomes for children. She has conducted research in the intensive care areas and the community health arena. Her interests range from genomics to the microbiome, from neurodevelopment assessment to pediatric obesity. She is particularly interested in the path of translational health, transcending existing structures and boundaries to create new knowledge that will improve health by bringing together the community, academia and health care systems to learn from each other. Dr. Huddleston is the Principal Investigator of the Virginia-GMU Cohort of the NIH federally funded study “Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes” (ECHO) involving over 50,000 children nationwide.


Select Publications

  • Political Affiliation and Race Associated with Parents’ Intentions to Have a COVID-19 Vaccination but Not With History of Refusing to Vaccinate a Child: A Cross-Sectional Study. Research Square May 6th, 2021 DOI: https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-469429/v1Amira A. Roess, Leah Adams, Kathi Huddleston, Grace N. Lawrence, Edward Maibach. Research Square May 6th, 2021 DOI: https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-469429/v1

  • Characteristics of Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Cohorts Recruited During Pregnancy. Elissa Z. Faro, Katherine A. Sauder, Amber L. Anderson, Anne L. Dunlop, Kathi C. Huddleston. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2021 Jul-Aug; 46(4): 230–235. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000725

  • Racial and geographic variation in effects of maternal education and neighborhood-level measures of socioeconomic status on gestational age at birth: Findings from the ECHO cohorts. Dunlop AL, Essalmi AG, Avalos L, Breton C, Camargo CA, Cowell WJ, Dabelea D, Dager SR, Duarte C, Elliott A, Fichorova R, Gern J, Hedderson MM, Thepaksorn EH, Huddleston K, Karagas MR, Kleinman K, Leve L, Li X, Li Y, Litonjua A, Ludena-Rodriguez Y, Madan JC, Nino JM, McEvoy C, O'Connor TG, Padula AM, Paneth N, Perera F, Sathyanarayana S, Schmidt RJ, Schultz RT, Snowden J, Stanford JB, Trasande L, Volk HE, Wheaton W, Wright RJ, McGrath M; program collaborators for Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes. PLoS One. 2022 May 6;17(5):e0268423. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0268423. eCollection 2022

  • Prenatal exposure to PM2.5 and childhood cognition: Accounting for between-site heterogeneity in a pooled analysis of ECHO cohorts in the Northeastern United States. Zhang X, Liu SH, Geron M, Mathilda Chiu YH, Gershon R, Ho E, Huddleston K, Just AC, Kloog I, Coull BA, Enlow MB, Wright RO, Wright RJ. Environ Res. 2022 Nov;214(Pt 4):114163. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114163. Epub 2022 Aug 27.

  • Sociodemographic Variation in Children's Health Behaviors During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Bekelman TA, Knapp EA, Dong Y, Dabelea D, Bastain TM, Breton CV, Carroll KN, Camargo CA, Davis AM, Dunlop AL, Elliott AJ, Ferrara A, Fry RC, Ganiban JM, Gilbert-Diamond D, Gilliland FD, Hedderson MM, Hipwell AE, Hockett CW, Huddleston KC, Karagas MR, Kelly N, Lai JS, Lester BM, Lucchini M, Melough MM, Mihalopoulos NL, O'Shea TM, Rundle AG, Stanford JB, VanBronkhorst S, Wright RJ, Zhao Q, Sauder KA; program collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO).Child Obes. 2022 Jul 19. doi: 10.1089/chi.2022.0085. Online ahead of print.

  • Regional and sociodemographic differences in average BMI among US children in the ECHO program. Bekelman TA, Dabelea D, Ganiban JM, Law A, McGovern Reilly A, Althoff KN, Mueller N, Camargo CA Jr, Duarte CS, Dunlop AL, Elliott AJ, Ferrara A, Gold DR, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hartert T, Hipwell AE, Huddleston K, Johnson CC, Karagas MR, Karr CJ, Hershey GKK, Leve L, Mahabir S, McEvoy CT, Neiderhiser J, Oken E, Rundle A, Sathyanarayana S, Turley C, Tylavsky FA, Watson SE, Wright R, Zhang M, Zoratti E; program collaborators for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO).Obesity. 2021 Dec;29(12):2089-2099. doi: 10.1002/oby.23235. Epub 2021 Aug 31.


  • PhD in Nursing, George Mason University
  • Master of Science, Nursing, California State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Maryland