University of California
S.Katharine Hammond, PhD, CIH

S.Katharine Hammond, PhD, CIH

School of Public Health
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
Co-Chair Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Group
Director of Industrial Hygiene Program
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
510-643-0289 Fax: 510-642-5815
Creative Achievements
• Developed exposure assessment methodologies for secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) evaluated exposures in the home, the workplace, in cars, on airlines & for epidemiology studies; research contributed to smoke-free airplanes, workplaces, restaurants and other public places
•Developed methodologies and evaluated exposures for studies on the association of lung cancer with exposure to diesel exhaust among railroad workers, which contributed to the California Air Resources Board's decision to label diesel exhaust a toxic air contaminant in 1998, which subsequently led to regulations that reduce diesel emissions from trucks, and other vehicles.
Current Research Interests

• Neurologic and reproductive effects of hexane on workers
• Exposure and health effects of secondhand smoke; international efforts for tobacco control
• Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study in the San Joaquin Valley, which is studying the effects of exposure to PAHs, diesel exhaust, and criteria air pollutants on preterm delivery, birth defects, asthma, atopy, immune function, lung function, obesity and glucose dysregulation

Key Publications

Hammond SK, Leaderer BP. A diffusion monitor to measure exposure to passive smoking. Environ Sci Technol. 1987;21(5):494-497. doi:10.1021/es00159a012.

Mattson ME, Boyd G, Byar D, Brown C, Callahan JF, Corle D, Cullen JW, Greenblatt J, Haley NJ, Hammond SK, Lewtas J, Reeves W. Passive smoking on commercial airline flights. JAMA. 1989;261(6):867-872. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420060083037.

Hammond SK, Hines CJ, Hallock MF, Woskie SR, Abdollahzadeh S, Iden CR, Anson E, Ramsey F, Schenker MB. Tiered exposure-assessment strategy in the Semiconductor Health Study. Am J Ind Med. 1995;28(6):661-80. Available at:

Hammond SK, Sorensen G, Youngstrom R, Ockene JK. Occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. J Am Med Assoc. 1995;274(12):956-960. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530120048040.

Marr LC, Kirchstetter TW, Harley RA, Miguel AH, Hering S V, Hammond SK. Characterization of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Motor Vehicle Fuels and Exhaust Emissions. Environ Sci Technol. 1999;33(18):3091-3099. doi:10.1021/es981227l.

Liu S, Hammond SK. Mapping Particulate Matter at the Body Weld Department in an Automobile Assembly Plant. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2010;7(10):593-604. doi:10.1080/15459624.2010.509844

Johnson KC, Miller AB, Collishaw NE, Palmer JR, Hammond SK, Salmon AG, Cantor KP, Miller MD, Boyd NF, Millar J, Turcotte F. Active smoking and secondhand smoke increase breast cancer risk: the report of the Canadian Expert Panel on Tobacco Smoke and Breast Cancer Risk (2009). Tob Control. 2011;20(1):e2. doi:10.1136/tc.2010.035931.

Liu R, Zhang L, McHale CM, Hammond SK. Paternal smoking and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: systematic review and meta-analysis. J Oncol. 2011;2011:854584. doi:10.1155/2011/854584. PMCID: PMC3132639.

Noth EM, Hammond SK, Biging GS, Tager IB. A spatial-temporal regression model to predict daily outdoor residential PAH concentrations in an epidemiologic study in Fresno, CA. Atmos Environ. 2011;45(14):2394-2403. doi:

Northcross AL, Trinh M, Kim J, Jones IA, Meyers MJ, Dempsey DD, Benowitz NL, Hammond SK. Particulate mass and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons exposure from secondhand smoke in the back seat of a vehicle. Tob Control. 2012;23(1):14-20. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012- 050531.

Jones IA, St.Helen G, Meyers MJ, Dempsey DA, Havel C, Jacob P, Northcross A, Hammond SK, Benowitz NL. Biomarkers of secondhand smoke exposure in automobiles. Tob Control. 2013;23(1):51-57. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050724. PMCID: PMC3670969.

Costello S, Brown DM, Noth EM, Cantley L, Slade MD, Tessier-Sherman B, Hammond SK, Eisen E a, Cullen MR. Incident ischemic heart disease and recent occupational exposure to particulate matter in an aluminum cohort. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2014;24(1):82-8. doi:10.1038/jes.2013.47. PMCID: PMC4045503

Noth EM, Dixon-Ernst C, Liu S, Cantley L, Tessier-Sherman B, Eisen E A, Cullen MR, Hammond SK. Development of a job-exposure matrix for exposure to total and fine particulate matter in the aluminum industry. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2013;24(1):89-99. doi:10.1038/jes.2013.53. PMCID: PMC4067135.

Liu R, Dix-Cooper L, and Hammond SK. Modeling Flight Attendants’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Commercial Aircraft: Historical Trends from 1955 to 1989. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 12:145-155, 2015. Doi: 10.1080/15459624.2014.957830. PMID:25587876.

Padula AM, Noth EM, Hammond SK, Lurmann FW, Yang W, Tager IB, Shaw GM. Exposure to airborne polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth. Environmental Research 135:221-226. 2014.. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.09.014. PMCID: 4262545 PMID: 25282280

Hew KM, Walker AI, Kohli A, Garcia M, Syed A, McDonald-Hyman C, Noth EM, Mann JK, Pratt B, Balmes J, Hammond SK, Eisen EA, Nadeau KC. Childhood exposure to ambient polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is linked to epigenetic modifications and impaired systemic immunity in T cells. Clin Exp Allergy 45:238-48. doi: 10.1111/cea.12377. PMCID: PMC4396982 PMID: 25048800

Padula AM, Balmes JR, Eisen EA, Mann J, Noth EM, Lurmann FW, Pratt B, Tager IB, Nadeau K, Hammond SK. Ambient polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and pulmonary function in children.  J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2015:295-302. PMCID: 24938508 PMC4270934.

PH 220C - Health Risk Assessment, Regulation, and Policy (UCB)
PH 267B - Characterization of Airborne Chemicals (UCB)
PH 293 - Environmental Health Sciences Doctoral Seminar (UCB)

• Dr. Wm Cahan Distinguished Professor Award, Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute
• Henry F. Smyth Award, Academy of Industrial Hygiene
• Alfred W. Childs Distinguished Service Award, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
• Rachel Carson Environmental Award, American Industrial Hygiene Association
• Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association
• Alice Hamilton Award for Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH

Public and University Service
• Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants, CA Environmental Protection Agency
• Tobacco Product Regulation Study Group, World Health Organization
• UC Berkeley Committee on the Status of Women and Ethnic Minorities, Vice-Chair
• UC Berkeley School of Public Health, past Head Environmental Health Sciences Division
• National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors
• International Advisory Board member, Annals of Occupational Hygiene
• Benzene and Cancer Study Scientific Advisory Panel, National Cancer Institute
• Expert witness for OSHA hearing on regulating ETS in the workplace and consultant to US EPA
• Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, several committees, including:
-Assessment of Wartime Exposure to Herbicides in Vietnam
-Committee on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Acute Coronary Events
-Breast Cancer and the Environment