Katherine M. Newton, PhD
Director of Research & External Affairs
Research interests and experience
- Women’s health: menopause; alternative therapies for menopause; hormone replacement therapy; urinary incontinence; selective estrogen receptor modulators
- Chronic illness management: diabetes care and prevention; management
- Cardiovascular health: cardiovascular health in women; effect of hormone replacement therapy on cardiovascular health
- Alternative approaches to healing: menopause
Katherine Newton is a chronic disease epidemiologist who is passionate about finding ways to help women stay healthy during midlife. Known for her research on menopause, Dr. Newton is a national leader in the search for non-hormonal treatments for menopausal symptoms.
After a 20-year career as a cardiovascular nurse specialist, Dr. Newton pursued her PhD in epidemiology and shifted her focus to epidemiologic research, joining Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) as a postdoctoral fellow in 1995. Dr. Newton focuses on health concerns for women reaching midlife and on menopause in particular. She has two primary research goals. The first is to help women transition through menopause in the healthiest way possible, and she is especially interested in investigating ways to relieve menopause symptoms without using hormone replacement therapy. Her second goal is to ensure that people with diabetes, or at high risk for diabetes, have access to the information and support they need to stay healthy.
Dr. Newton’s 2006 randomized trial of alternative therapies for menopause received widespread interest, leading to several invited talks around the world. Study analyses continue to yield compelling findings, including a 2007 publication linking low libido in menopause to trouble sleeping. She is currently participating in a multisite network of investigators, MsFLASH Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health. This group has conducted 5 randomized trials testing the efficacy of yoga, exercise, omega-3 fatty acids, escitalopram and low dose estrogen for menopause symptoms. Dr. Newton’s other areas of interest include studying the intersection of women’s health and chronic disease, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Newton is a member of several professional organizations, including the North American Menopause Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association. She sits on the latter’s councils on cardiovascular epidemiology and cardiovascular nursing. Dr. Newton has held two faculty appointments at the University of Washington since 1999, as affiliate associate professor in epidemiology and affiliate assistant professor in biobehavioral nursing and health systems.
Reed SD, Guthrie KA, Newton KM, Anderson GL, Booth-Laforce C, Caan B, Carpenter JS, Cohen LS, Dunn AL, Ensrud KE, Freeman EW, Hunt JR, Joffe H, Larson JC, Learman LA, Rothenberg R, Seguin RA, Sherman KJ, Sternfeld BS, LaCroix AZ. Menopausal quality of life: a RCT of yoga, exercise and omega-3 supplements. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Nov 8. pii: S0002-9378(13)02015-2. doi [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Newton KM, Reed SD, Guthrie KA, Sherman KJ, Booth-LaForce C, Caan B, Sternfeld B, Carpenter JS, Learman LA, Freeman EW, Cohen LS, Joffe H, Anderson GL, Larson JC, Ensrud KE, LaCroix AZ. Efficacy of yoga for vasomotor symptoms in healthy menopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 2013 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print].
Cohen LS, Joffe H, Guthrie KA, Ensrud KE, Freeman M, Carpenter JS, Anderson GL, Larson JC, LaCroix AZ, Newton KM, Reed SD, Manson JE, Sternfeld B, Freeman EW, Tinker LE, Booth LaForce C. Efficacy of omega-3 for vasomotor symptoms treatment: a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 2013 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Sternfeld B, Guthrie KA, Ensrud KE, LaCroix AZ, Larson JC, Dunn AL, Anderson GL, Seguin RA, Carpenter JS, Newton KM, Reed SD, Freeman EW, Cohen LS, Joffe H, Roberts M, Caan BJ. Efficacy of exercise for menopausal symptoms: a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 2013 Aug 12 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Reed SD, Lampe JW, Qu C, Copeland WK, Gundersen G, Fuller S, Newton KM. Premenopausal vasomotor symptoms in an ethnically diverse population. Menopause. 2013 Jun 10 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Newton KM, Carpenter JS, Guthrie KA, Anderson GL, Caan B, Cohen LS, Ensrud KE, Freeman EW, Joffe H, Sternfeld B, Reed SD, Sherman S, Sammel MD, Kroenke K, Larson JC, LaCroix AZ. Methods for the design of vasomotor symptom trials: the Menopausal Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers to Symptoms and Health Network. Menopause. 2013 Jun 10 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Newton KM, Peissig PL, Kho AN, Bielinski SJ, Berg RL, Choudhary V, Basford M, Chute CG, Kullo IJ, Li R, Pacheco JA, Rasmussen LV, Spangler L, Denny JC. Validation of electronic medical record-based phenotyping algorithms: results and lessons learned from the eMERGE Network. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013 Jun;20(e1):e147-54. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2012-000896. Epub 2013 Mar 26. PubMed
Crosslin DR, McDavid A, Weston N, Zheng X, Hart E, de Andrade M, Kullo IJ, McCarty CA, Doheny KF, Pugh E, Kho A, Hayes MG, Ritchie MD, Saip A, Crawford DC, Crane PK, Newton K, Carrell DS, Gallego CJ, Nalls MA, Li R, Mirel DB, Crenshaw A, Couper DJ, Tanaka T, van Rooij FJA, Chen M-H, Smith AV, Zakai NA, Yango Q, Garcia M, Liu Y, Lumley T, Folsom AR, Reiner AP, Felix JF, Dehghan A, Wilson Jg, Bis JC, Fox CS, Glazer NL, Cupples LA, Coresh J, Eiriksdottir G, Gudnason V, Bandinelli S, Frayling TM, Chakravarti A, van Duijn CM, Melzer D, Levy D, Boerwinkle E, Singleton AB, Hernandez DG, Longo DL, Witteman JCM, Psaty BM, Ferrucci L, Harris TB, O’Donnell CJ, Ganesh SK, CHARGE Hematology Working Group, Larson EB, Carlson CS, Jarvik GP, and the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network. Genetic variation associated with circulating monocyte count in the eMERGE Network. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 May 15;22(10):2119-27. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddt010. Epub 2013 Jan 12. PubMed
Sternfeld B, LaCroix A, Caan BJ, Dunn AL, Newton KM, Reed SD, Guthrie KA, Booth-Laforce C, Sherman KJ, Cohen L, Freeman MP, Carpenter JS, Hunt JR, Roberts M, Ensrud KE. Design and methods of a multi-site, multi-behavioral treatment trial for menopausal symptoms: The MsFLASH experience. Contemp Clin Trials. 2013 May;35(1):25-34. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.02.009. Epub 2013 Feb 24 PubMed
Reed SD, Lampe JW, Qu C, Gundersen G, Fuller S, Copeland WK, Newton KM. Self-reported menopausal symptoms in a racially diverse population and soy food consumption. Maturitas. 2013 Jun;75(2):152-8. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2013.03.003. Epub 2013 Apr 3. PubMed
To view more publications, please see Dr. Newton’s CV.