Kathryn Conlon, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Kathryn C. Conlon, Ph.D., M.P.H.


Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology


  • Assistant Professor


UC Davis School of Medicine

Davis, CA 95616
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Dr. Conlon is an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed in the UC Davis Schools of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Medicine and Epidemiology. Her research focuses on characterizing how climate change influences human, animal, and environmental health. She incorporates traditional environmental epidemiological study design, spatio-temporal exposure assessment, weather and climate modeling, land use modeling, and mixed-methods for social and behavioral epidemiology. She works with state and local health practitioners to systematically characterize and implement climate change and public health actions in support of building an evidence base for climate change and health interventions. She was an author on the US Global Change Research Program's 4th National Climate Assessment and the Climate and Health Assessment. Prior to joining UC Davis, Dr. Conlon was an epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Climate and Health Program.




M.P.H., Environmental and Occupational Health, Emory University, Atlanta GA 2007

Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor MI 2013

B.A., Environmental Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 2005

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association

American Society of Adaptation Professionals

International Association of Wildland Fire

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

Select Recent Publications

Hauser N, Conlon KC, Desai A, Kobziar LN. Climate Change and Infections on the Move in North America. Infect Drug Resist. 2021 Dec 30;14:5711-5723. doi:10.2147/IDR.S305077. PMID:35002262.

Schramm PJ, Brown CL, Saha S, Conlon KC, Manangan AP, Bell JE, Hess JJ. A systematic review of the effects of temperature and precipitation on pollen concentrations and season timing, and implications for human health. Int J Biometeorol. 2021 Oct;65(10):1615-1628. doi:10.1007/s00484-021-02128-7. Epub 2021 Apr 20. PMID:33877430.

Conlon KC, Mallen E, Gronlund CJ, Berrocal VJ, Larsen L, O’Neill MS. 2020. A critical assessment of heat vulnerability indices created using principal components analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2020 Sep;128(9):097001. doi:10.1289/EHP4030.

Gronlund CJ, Yang AJ, Conlon KC, Bergmans RS, Le HQ, Batterman SA, Wahl RL, Cameron L, O'Neill MS. Time series analysis of total and direct associations between high temperatures and preterm births in Detroit, Michigan. BMJ Open. 2020 Feb 5;10(2):e032476. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032476. PMID:32029486.

Jones HM, MeCray EL, Birkel SD, Conlon KC, Kinney PL, Silva VB, Solecki W, Rogers TM. Understanding Decision Context to Improve Heat Health Information. Bulletin of American Meteorological Society. 2019;100:ES221–ES225. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0042.1.

Angel J, Swanston C, Boustead BM, Conlon KC, Hall KC, Jorns JL, Kunkel KE, Lemos MC, Lofgren B, Ontl TA, Posey J, Stone K, Takle G, Todey D. Midwest. Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States. Reidmiller DR, Avery CW, Easterling DR, Kunkel KE, Lewis KLM, Maycock TK, Stewart, BCUS. Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II, Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA. 2018;21:872–940. https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/chapter/21/

Bell JE, Brown CL, Conlon K, Herring S, Kunkel KE, Lawrimore J, Luber G, Schreck C, Smith A, Uejio C. Changes in extreme events and the potential impacts on human health. J Air Waste Manag Assoc. 2018 Apr;68(4):265-287. doi:10.1080/10962247.2017.1401017. PMID:29186670.

Shriber J, Conlon KC, Benedict K, McCotter OZ, Bell JE. Assessment of Vulnerability to Coccidioidomycosis in Arizona and California. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Jun 23;14(7):680. doi:10.3390/ijerph14070680. PMID:28644403.

Conlon KC, Kintziger KW, Jagger M, Stefanova L, Uejio CK, Konrad C. Working with Climate Projections to Estimate Disease Burden: Perspectives from Public Health. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Aug 9;13(8):804. doi:10.3390/ijerph13080804. PMID:27517942.

Conlon KC, Monaghan A, Hayden M, Wilhelmi O. Modeling intra-urban extreme heat exposure with fine-scale land use data in Houston, Texas. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(2) e0148890. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0151226.