Catherine L. Carpenter, PhD, MPH

Catherine L. Carpenter, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Associate Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Clinical Nutrition
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing



Scientific Interests

Dr. Catherine Carpenter's current research areas include:

  • Diet and exercise intervention studies for breast cancer prevention
  • The effect of protein on recovery from malnutrition and HIV
  • The influence of candidate genes associated with appetite and food craving in development of obesity
  • Lung cancer prevention through dietary consumption of cruciferous vegetables.

Future research directions include studies of macronutrient and micronutrient intake, malnutrition, infectious disease, and development of epidemiologic methods to account for dietary compensation in nutritional trials.

Highlighted Publications

Carpenter CL, Wong AM, Li Z, Noble EP, Heber D. Association of dopamine D2 receptor and leptin receptor genes with clinically severe obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Sep;21(9):E467-73. doi: 10.1002/oby.20202. Epub 2013 May 13.

Carpenter CL, Duvall K, Jardack P, Li L, Henning SM, Li Z, Heber D. Weight loss reduces breast ductal fluid estrogens in obese postmenopausal women: a single arm intervention pilot study. Nutr J. 2012 Dec 5;11:102. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-11-102.

Carpenter CL, Ross RK, Paganini-Hill A, Bernstein L. Effect of family history, obesity and exercise on breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women. Int J Cancer. 2003 Aug 10;106(1):96-102.

Carpenter CL, Jarvik ME, Morgenstern H, McCarthy WJ, London SJ. Mentholated cigarette smoking and lung-cancer risk. Ann Epidemiol. 1999 Feb;9(2):114-20.

Carpenter CL, Ross RK, Paganini-Hill A, Bernstein L. Lifetime exercise activity and breast cancer risk among post-menopausal women. Br J Cancer. 1999 Aug;80(11):1852-8.