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Kim Dietrich, PhD, is a professor of environmental health.  
Kim Dietrich, PhD
Specialty: Environmental Health
Sub-Specialty: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Department: Environmental Health
Title: Professor and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Phone: (513) 558-0531
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BA (Psychology): Wayne State University, 1975
MA (Child Development): Child Development, 1977
PhD (Developmental Neuropsychology): Wayne State University, 1981


Developmental effects of prenatal and early postnatal exposure to lead in infants, toddlers, school-age children, adolescents and adults

Current Research:

Early lead exposure, ADHD and persistent criminality: role of genes and environment:

The relationships between prenatal and postnatal exposure to lead and persistent criminality and adult ADHD are being explored in a 28 year-old birth cohort.  Interactions between blood lead indices and candidate genetic polymorphisms involving neurotransmitter metabolism and action are also investigated. (Principal investigator)


A community based trial to prevent lead poisoning and injuries

This study is examining the efficacy of home-based environmental interventions to reduce morbidities associated with early exposure to lead and accidental injuries. (Co-investigator)


Puberty and cancer initiation: environment, diet and obesity

This study of a large multi-center cohort of girls is examining pathways through puberty as determined by chemical environmental, dietary, genetic and social factors. (Co-principal investigator)


Professional Affiliation:

Consultant to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, Health and Welfare Canada, World Health Organization, U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. White House

Associate Director, Cincinnati Children’s Center for Environmental Health

Selected Publications:

Dietrich has published more than 125 manuscripts, including:

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 EnglandJournal 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.


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. (2005). Principles and practices of neurodevelopmental assessment in children: Lessons learned from the Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113, 1437-1446.


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