Kim Dietrich

Professor

Division: Epidemiology

E-Mail: kim.dietrich@uc.edu
Phone: 513-558-0531
Location: G31 Kettering Lab
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Kim Dietrich

Dr. Dietrich is Professor of Environmental Health, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate Director of the Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health training program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health. He has also served as Associate Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Environmental Health and Disease Prevention at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. Dietrich has served as a consultant to numerous local, state, national and international agencies and organizations concerned with the impact of environmental chemical exposures on the health and development of young children. These agencies and geopolitical entities have included the National Institutes of Health (chartered membership on the NAME study section and Board of Scientific Counselors), National Academy of Sciences, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Health and Welfare Canada, the European Economic Community, the Australian Government, the World Health Organization, the United States White House Office of Science and Technology, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sierra Club, and Environmental Defense Fund. He also currently serves as an Associate Editor for Environmental Health Perspectives. Dietrich’s research has focused on the developmental effects of prenatal and early postnatal exposure to lead in infants, toddlers, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults. He is presently examining the relationship between early exposure to lead, genetic factors, and adult criminality in a longstanding prospective longitudinal birth cohort study. His other studies include an examination of the developmental benefits of chelation therapy with succimer in a multi-center clinical trial and investigations of the effects of prenatal exposure to prevalent developmental toxicants including lead, manganese, pesticides, mercury, PCBs, tobacco smoke, drugs and alcohol in several birth cohorts. Recently he helped launch a developmental study of health effects related to primitive e-waste recycling in rural China. Dietrich uses a wide range of neuroassessment tools and biomarkers in his studies. Neurodevelopmental assessments include standardized psychometrics, measures of neuromotor functions, and advanced neuroradiological techniques including volumetric and functional magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and diffusion tensor imaging. Biomarkers of environmental exposure have included analyses of a wide range of metals and other environmental toxicants in a variety of tissues including blood, meconium, urine, and hair.



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  • Education

    Wayne State University, MI Ph.D. 1981 Developmental Neuropsychology and Comparative Biopsychology

    Wayne State University, MI M.A. 1977 Child Development

    Wayne State University, MI B.A. 1975 Psychology

    Awards

    1975: Phi Beta Kappa, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

    1975: Summa Cum Laude, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

    1977: Dean’s Recognition for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies,

    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

    1981: Dean’s Recognition for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies,

    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

    2001: Twenty-Year Academic Service Award, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    2001: Better Housing League of Cincinnati Civic Leadership Award.

    2005: Twenty-Five Year Academic Service Award, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    2008: Director’s Award for Research Excellence, Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    2008: Resolution for Outstanding Research Accomplishment, The General Assembly of the State of Ohio.

    2009: Chartered Member, Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (NAME) NIH Study Section.

    2009: General Assembly Official Citation for Lead Poisoning Research, The General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.

    2009: Top 17 Medical Breakthroughs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Business Magazine.

    2011: Member, Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning and Prevention, United States Centers for Disease Control.

    2012: Director’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

    Professional Experience

    2011 – Present: Associate Director, Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health Training Program.

    2009 – Present: Associate Editor, Environmental Health Perspectives.

    2003 – Present: Director, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health.

    2001 – 2008: Associate Director, Cincinnati Children’s Environmental Health Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics, Environmental Health, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    2001 – Present: Faculty Member, Research Training Programs in Children’s Environmental Health and Molecular Epidemiology Program in Children’s Environmental Health.

    2000 – Present: Professor of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

    1995 – 2000: Research Professor of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

    1987 – 1995: Research Associate Professor of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

    1981 – 1986: Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

    1980 – 1981: Visiting Instructor of Psychology, Oakland University, Department of Psychology, Rochester, Michigan.

    1975 – 1977: Research Associate in Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan.

    1975 – 1977: Field Counselor and Counselor Supervisor, Wayne County Juvenile Court, Detroit, Michgan.

    1975-1977: Research Associate in Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan

    1977-1981: Developmental Specialist, Wayne State University, Department of Family and Consumer Resources

    OTHER SELECTED RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

    Consultant to United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, Health & Welfare Canada, European Economic Community, World Health Organization, United States Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, White House Office of Science and Technology

    Chartered member and temporary member of NIH study sections and ATSDR and EPA proposal review panels

    Associate Director, Cincinnati Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention

    Director, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    Editorial boards of two journals, and peer referee of numerous clinical and scientific journals.

    Grants

    EPA05C00024704/21/2005-05/30/2007. Environmental Protection Agency. USEPA AQCD Preparation, PI, Closed.

    11/01/2001-10/31/2006. Environmental Protection Agency. Study of Prevalent Neurotoxicants in Children, PI, Closed.

    1-R21-ES-012952-01-A0-S0-E005/01/2004-03/31/2006. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Exploration of ETS Effects on Child Behavior and Sleep, PI, Closed.

    5-R01-DE-13950-03-A0-S0-E008/01/2001-06/30/2005. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. A Longitudinal Study of Lead Exposure and Dental Caries, PI, Closed.

    01/01/2001-12/31/2004. Environmental Protection Agency. Biomarkers and Neurobehavioral Effects of Perinatal Exposure to Chlorpyrifos and Other Organophosphate Insecticides, PI, Closed.

    5-R01-ES-11261-05-A0-S0-E009/30/2001-08/31/2006. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Study of Prevalent Neurotoxicants in Children, PI, Closed.

    5-R01-ES-08158-03-A0-S0-E005/01/1997-04/30/2001. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Early Exposure To Lead and Adolescent Development, PI, Closed.

    R01 ES01555906/01/2007-03/31/2014. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Early Lead Exposure, ADHD and Persistent Criminality: Role of Genes and Environment, PI, Active.

    CHMC 103637 / R01 ES01457507/13/2007-04/30/2011. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. A Randomized Trial to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning and Injuries, PI, Closed.

    R01 ES01653104/01/2008-02/28/2014. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Marietta Community Actively Researching Exposure Study, Collaborator, Active.

    107837 / U01ES01945309/01/2010-04/30/2014. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Continued Studies of Environmental Impact on Puberty: GUF2, Collaborator, Active.

    RC4 ES01975509/27/2010-09/30/2013. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Human Developmental Toxicity of Metal Mixture Exposure from E-Waste Recycling, Collaborator, Active.

    T32 ES010957-1107/01/2011-06/30/2016. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Molecular Epidemiology in Children’s Environmental Health Training Program, Collaborator, Active.

    R01ES02034908/23/2011-04/30/2016. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Longitudinal Study of Exposure to PBDEs and PFCs and Child Neurobehavior, Collaborator, Active.

    Hershberger-NIH-UC/ R23RR03220807/01/2011-03/31/2016. National Center for Research Resources. Fighting with Food: Battling Chemical Toxicity with Good Nutrition, Collaborator, Active.

    R21ES02110607/09/2012-06/30/2014. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Multiple Risk Factors and Neurodevelopment Deficits in Rural Appalachian Children, Collaborator, Active.

    R01ES02407406/09/2014-03/31/2018. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Early Pb exposure a risk for bone health later in life in African American women, Collaborator, Awarded.

    Selected Publications

    C. SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (out of 162) (1987 – Present only)

    Dietrich, K.N., Krafft, K.M., Bornschein, R.L., et al. (1987). Low level fetal lead exposure effect on neurobehavioral development in early infancy. Pediatrics, 80, 721-730.

    Shukla, R., Bornschein, R.L., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (1989). Effects of fetal and infant lead exposure on growth in stature. Pediatrics, 84, 604-612.

    Hammond, P.B., Dietrich, K.N. (1990). Lead exposure in early life: Health consequences. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 115, 91-124.

    Dietrich, K.N., Succop, P.A., Bornschein, R.L., et al. (1990). Lead exposure and neurobehavioral development in later infancy. Environmental Health Perspectives, 89, 13-19.

    Buncher, C.R., Succop, P.A., Dietrich, K.N. (1990). Structural equation modeling in environmental risk assessment. Environmental Health Perspectives, 89, 35-42.

    Dietrich, K.N., Succop, P.A., Berger, O., et al. (1991). Lead exposure and the cognitive development of urban preschool children: The Cincinnati Lead Study cohort at age 4 years. Neurotoxicology and Teratology,13,203-11.

    Shukla, R., Dietrich, K.N., Bornschein, R.L., et al. (1991). Lead exposure and growth in the early preschool child: A follow-up report from the Cincinnati Lead Study. Pediatrics, 88, 886-892.

    Dietrich, K.N., Succop, P.A., Berger, O., et al. (1992). Lead exposure and the central auditory processing abilities and cognitive development of urban children: The Cincinnati Lead Study cohort at age 5 years. Neurotoxicology and Teratolology, 14, 51-56.

    Dietrich, K.N., Berger, O.G., Succop, P.A. (1993). Lead exposure and the motor developmental status of urban 6 year old children in the Cincinnati Prospective Study. Pediatrics, 91, 301-307.

    Dietrich, K.N., Berger, O.G., Succop, P.A., et al. (1993). The developmental consequences of low to moderate prenatal and postnatal lead exposure: Intellectual attainment in the Cincinnati Lead Study cohort following school entry. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 15, 37-44.

    Dietrich, K.N., Bellinger, D.C. (1994). Assessment of neurobehavioral development in studies of the effects of fetal exposures to toxic agents. In H.L. Needleman, D.C. Bellinger (Eds.) Prenatal Exposure to Toxicants: Developmental Consequences. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Bellinger, D., Dietrich, K.N. (1994). Low-level lead exposure and cognitive function in children. Pediatric Annals, 23, 600-605.

    Bhattacharya, A., Shukla, R., Dietrich, K., et al. (1995). Effect of early lead exposure on children’s postural balance. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 37, 861-878.

    Dietrich, K.N. (1996). Prenatal lead exposure and its consequences for fetal and child development. In S.M. Pueschel, et al. (eds.) Lead Poisoning in Childhood. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.

    Dietrich, K.N., Treatment of Lead-Exposed Children Clinical Trial Group,et al. (1998). The treatment of lead-exposed children (TLC) Clinical Trial: Design and recruitment for a study of the effect of oral chelation on growth and development of toddlers. Pediatric Perinatal Epidemiology, 12, 313-333.

    Schorry, E.K., Dietrich, K.N., Sall, H.M. (1998). Partial trisomy 1q with growth hormone deficiency and normal intelligence. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 77, 257-260.

    Dietrich, K.N. (1999). Environmental chemicals and child development. Journal of Pediatrics, 134, 7-10.

    Dietrich, K.N. (1999) . Environmental neurotoxicants. In Yeates, K.O., et al., (eds.) Pediatric Neuropsychology: Research, Theory, and Practice. New York: Guilford Press.

    Lanphear, B.P., Dietrich, K., Auinger, P., and Cox, C. Cognitive deficits associated with blood lead concentrations <10 &#956;g/dL in US children and adolescents. Public Health Reports, 115:521-529, Nov./Dec. 2000.

    Dietrich, K.N., Treatment of Lead-Exposed Children Clinical Trial Group (2000) Succimer in asymptomatic 12-33 month-old children with modertately high blood lead levels (20-44 ug/dL): Results from the treatment phase of the treatment of lead-exposed children trial. Pediatric Research, 48, 593-599.

    Dietrich, K.N., Berger, O.G., Bhattacharya, A. (2000). Symptomatic lead poisoning in infancy: A prospective case analysis. Journal of Pediatrics, 137, 568-571.

    Rogan, W.J., Dietrich, K.N., Ware, J.H., et al. (2001). The effect of chelation therapy with succimer on neuropsychological development in children exposed to lead. New England Journal of Medicine, 344, 1421-1426.

    Dietrich, K.N., Ris, D., Succop, P., et al. (2001) Early exposure to lead and juvenile delinquency. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 23, 511-518.

    Liu, X., Dietrich, K.N., Radcliffe, J., er al. (2002). Do children with falling blood lead levels have improved cognition? Pediatrics, 110, 787-791.

    Lanphear, B.P., Dietrich, K.N., Berger, O. (2003). Prevention of lead toxicity in US children. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 3, 27-36.

    Molloy, C.A., Dietrich, K.N., Bhattacharya, A. (2003). Postural stability in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 33, 643-652.

    Ris, M.D., Dietrich, K.N., Succop, P.A., et al. (2004). Early exposure to lead and neuropsychological outcome in adolescence. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 261-270.

    Dietrich, K.N., Ware, J.H., Salganik, M., et al. (2004). Effect of chelation therapy on the neuropsychological and behavioral development of lead-exposed children following school entry. Pediatrics, 114, 19-26.

    Yolton, K., Dietrich, K., Auinger, P., et al. (2005). Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and cognitive abilities among US children and adolescents. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113, 98-103.

    Chen, A., Dietrich, K.N., Ware J., et al. (2005). IQ and blood lead from 2 to 7 years—Are the effects in older children the residual of high blood leads in 2 year olds? Environmental Health Perspectives, 113, 597-601.

    Dietrich, K.N., Eskenazi, B., Schantz, S., et al. (2005). Principles and practices of neurodevelopmental assessment in children: Lessons learned from the Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research. Enviornmental Health Perspectives, 113, 1437-1446.

    Lanphear, B.P., Wright, R.O., Dietrich, K.N. (2005). Environmental neurotoxins. Pediatrics in Review, 26, 191-198.

    Dietrich, K.N. (2006). 50 Years ago in the Journal of Pediatrics. “The incidence of abnormal blood levels in a metropolitan pediatric clinic”. Journal of Pediatrics, 149, 22.

    Yuan, W., Holland, S.K., Cecil, K.M., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (2006). The impact of early childhood lead exposure on brain organization—An fMRI study of language function. Pediatrics, 118, 971-977.

    Kincl, L., Dietrich, K.N., Battacharya, A. (2006). Injury trends in adolescents with early childhood lead exposure. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39, 604-606.

    Bhattacharya, A., Shukla, R., Dietrich, K. et al. (2006). Effect of early lead exposure on the maturation of children’s postural balance: A longitudinal study. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 28, 376-385.

    Chen, A., Cai, B., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (2007). Lead exposure, IQ, and behavior in urban 5- to 7-yearol-olds: does lead affect behavior only by lowering IQ? Pediatrics, 119, 650-658.

    Froehlich, T.E., Lanphear, B.P., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (2007) Interactive effects of a DRD4 polymorphism, lead and sex on executive functions in children. Biological Psychiatry, 62: 243-249

    Bhattacharya, A., Shukla, R., Auyang, E.D., Dietrich, K.N., Bornschein R. (2007). Effect of succimer chelation therapy and postural balance and gait outcomes in children with early exposure to environmental lead. Neurotoxicology, 28, 686-695.

    Braun, J.M., Froehlich, T.E., Daniels, J.L., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (2008). Association of environmental toxicants and conduct disorder in US children: NHANES 2001-2004. Environmental Health Perspectives, 116, 956-962.

    Cecil K.M., Brubaker C.J., Adler C.M., Dietrich K.N., et al. (2008). Decreased brain volume in adults with childhood lead exposure. PLoS Medicine, 5m 741-750.

    Wright, J.P., Dietrich, K.N., Ris, M.D., et al. (2008). The association of prenatal and childhood blood lead concentrations with arrests in early adulthood: A prospective cohort study. PLoS Medicine, 5, 732-740.

    Wright, J.P., Boisvert, D., Dietrich, K.N., Ris, M.D. (2008). The ghost in the machine and criminal behavior: Criminology for the 21st century. In Walsh, A., Beaver, K.M. (eds.) Biosocial Criminology, New York: Routledge.

    Musaad, S.M.A., Patterson, T., Ericksen, M., Lindsey, M., Dietrich, K., et al. (2009). Comparison of anthropometric measures of obesity in childhood allergic asthma: Central obesity is most relevant. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 123, 1321-1327.

    Yolton, K., Khoury, J., Hornung, R., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (2008). Environmental tobacco smoke exposure and child behaviors. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 6, 450-457.

    Meinzen-Derr, J., Morrow, A.L., Hornung, R.W., Donovan, E.F., Dietrich, K.N., Succop, P.A. (2009) Epidemiology of necrotizing enterocolitis temporal clustering in two neonatology practices. Journal of Pediatrics, 154, 656-661.

    Cao, Y., Chen, A., Radcliffe, J., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (2009). Postnatal cadmium exposure, neurodevelopment and blood pressure in children at 2, 5, and 7 years of age. Environmental Health Perspectives, 117, 1580-1586..

    Hornung, R.W., Lanphear, B.P., Dietrich, K.N. (2009). Age of greatest susceptibility to childhood lead exposure: A new statistical approach. Environmental Health Perspectives, 117, 1309-1312.

    Brubaker, C.J., Schmithorst, V.J., Haynes, E., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (2009). Altered myelination and axonal integrity in adults with childhood lead exposure: A diffusion tensor imaging study. Neurotoxicology, 30, 867-875.

    Braun, J.M., Yolton, K, Dietrich, K.N., Hornung, R., Xiaoyun, Y, Calafat, A.M., Lanphear, B.P. (2009). Prenatal bisphenol A exposure and behavior problems in two-year old children. Environmental Health Perspectives, 117, 1945-1952.

    Cao, Y., Chen, A., Jones, R.OL., Radcliffe, J., Dietrich, K.N., Rogan, W.J. (2010). Does background postnatal methyl mercury exposure in toddlers affect cognition and behavior? Neurotoxicology, 31, 1-9.

    Dietrich, K.N. (2010). Environmental Toxicants. Pediatric Neuropsychology: Research, Theory, and Practice. Yeates, K.O., et al. (Eds.). New York: The Guilford Press, pp. 211-264.

    Cao, Y., Chen, A., Jones, R.L., Radcliffe, J., Dietrich, K.N., et al. (2011). Efficacy of succimer chelation of mercury at background exposures in toddlers: A randomized trial. Journal of Pediatrics, 158, 480-485.

    Cecil, K.M., Dietrich, K.N., Altaye, M., et al. (2011). Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy in adults with childhood lead exposure. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119, 403-408.

    Chen, A., Dietrich, K.N., Xia Huo, Ho S.M. (2011) Developmental neurotoxicants in e-waste: An emerging health concern. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119, 431-438.

    Chen, A., Chung, E., DeFranco, E.A., Pinney, S.M., Dietrich, K.N. (2011). Serum PBDEs and age at menarche in adolescent girls. Environmental Research, 111, 831-837.

    Haynes, E.N., Beidler, C., Wittberg, R., Jeloncon, L., Parin M., Kopras, E.J., Succop, P.A., Dietrich, K.N. (2011). Developing a bidirectional academic-community partnership with an Appalachian American community for environmental health research and risk communication. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119, 1364-1372.

    Wang, Y., Chen, A., Dietrich, K.N., Radcliffe, J., Caldwell, K.L., Rogan, W.J. (2013). Postnatal exposure to methyl mercury and neuropsychological development in 7-year-old urban inner-city children exposed to lead in the United States. Child Neuropsychology, DOI: 10.1080/09297049.2013.824955.