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Catherine Yeckel, PhD

Senior Lecturer of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences)

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Catherine Yeckel, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Environmental Health Sciences

    PO Box 208034, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



Catherine Weikart Yeckel, MS, Ph.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor. She received a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctoral degree from University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)-Galveston in preventive medicine and community health in the areas of human metabolism and nutrition. In collaboration with researchers at UTMB-Galveston, and more recently with researchers and clinicians specializing in pediatric and adult endocrinology at the Yale School of Medicine, she focused her research interests along the spectrum of insulin resistance and ß-cell dysfunction. These interests broadly include cardiometabolic health issues and protection as a consequence of obesity from young to old age, and physical activity/fitness from sedentary to physically fit. She has used physiological challenge models to unmask the impact of arsenic exposure on blood pressure (stress) hyperreactivity, and most recently, to help innovate imaging for brown adipose tissue metabolism in human. Dr. Yeckel created and directs an integrative course for YSPH, Physiology of Public Health. She also initiated and co-directed The Art of Public Health workshops involving MPH and MA student match-ups between YSPH and YSA. She serves as a reviewer/scientific advisor and consultant for diverse entities, including government agencies, museums and companies.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Texas at Galveston (2001)
  • MS
    University of Pittsburgh (1992)
  • BA
    Oberlin College (1983)


  • Cardiovascular risk in Romania
    Romania 2009
    Examination of blood pressure reactivity to cold pressor test in region of low-to-moderate inorganic arsenic in drinking water.
  • Low birth weight in Romania
    Romania 2009
    Effects of inter-individual differences in inorganic arsenic metabolism on low birth weight outcome

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