Karen C. Schliep, PhD, MSPH

Research Interests

  • Reproductive & Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Life Course Epidemiology
  • Biopsychosocial Mechanisms of Women's Health and Illness Using Time-Varying Covariates Across the Lifespan


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family and Preventive Medicine - Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Public Health

Academic Bio

Karen Schliep, PhD, MSPH is an assistant professor in the Divison of Public Health. She completed her bachelor's degrees in English from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) and Biology from the Univeristy of Utah and her MSPH and PhD in Public Health from the University of Utah. Dr. Schliep completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) Epidemiology Branch, where she served as an integral team member of several longitudinal studies including the BioCycle Study, the Endometriosis: Natural History, Diagnosis, and Outcomes (ENDO) Study, and the Effects of Aspirin on Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR) Trial.

Dr. Schliep's research focuses on exploring the impact of diet, lifestyle, and psychosocial factors on female and male endocrinology and reproductive health; and understanding the short-and long-term consequences of abnormal reproductive function. Her overarching goal is to inform effective and individually tailored interventions for couples of reproductve age, which in turn may provide improved wellbeing and economic benefits for future generations.

Education History

Type School Degree
Research Fellow Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Epidemiology Branch
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Public Health
Research Fellow Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Epidemiology Branch
Research Fellow
Graduate Training University of Utah
Public Health
Undergraduate University of Utah
Biology; Minor: Chemistry
Undergraduate Carleton College

Global Impact


Institution Description Country
University of Utah, Asia Campus Assistant Professor Korea

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Schliep KC, Chen Z, Stanford JB, Xie Y, Mumford SL, Hammoud AO, Boiman Johnstone E, Dorais JK, Varner MW, Buck Louis GM, Peterson CM (2017). Endometriosis diagnosis and staging by operating surgeon and expert review using multiple diagnostic tools: an inter-rater agreement study. BJOG, 124(2), 220-229.
  2. Mumford SL, Browne RW, Schliep KC, Schmelzer J, Plowden TC, Michels KA, Sjaarda LA, Zarek SM, Perkins NJ, Messer LC, Radin RG, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF (2016). Serum Antioxidants Are Associated with Serum Reproductive Hormones and Ovulation among Healthy Women. J Nutr, 146(1), 98-106.
  3. Shimony MK, Schliep KC, Schisterman EF, Ahrens KA, Sjaarda LA, Rotman Y, Perkins NJ, Pollack AZ, Wactawski-Wende J, Mumford SL (2016). The relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and liver enzymes among healthy premenopausal women: a prospective cohort study. Eur J Nutr, 55(2), 569-576.
  4. Gorczyca AM, Sjaarda LA, Mitchell EM, Perkins NJ, Schliep KC, Wactawski-Wende J, Mumford SL (2016). Changes in macronutrient, micronutrient, and food group intakes throughout the menstrual cycle in healthy, premenopausal women. Eur J Nutr, 55(3), 1181-8.
  5. Kieft E, Schliep KB, Suri PK, Flannigan DJ (2015). Communication: Effects of thermionic-gun parameters on operating modes in ultrafast electron microscopy. Struct Dyn, 2(5), 051101.
  6. Schliep KC, Mumford SL, Ahrens KA, Hotaling JM, Carrell DT, Link M, Hinkle SN, Kissell K, Porucznik CA, Hammoud AO (2015). Effect of male and female body mass index on pregnancy and live birth success after in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril, 103(2), 388-95.
  7. Schisterman EF, Mumford SL, Schliep KC, Sjaarda LA, Stanford JB, Lesher LL, Wactawski-Wende J, Lynch AM, Townsend JM, Perkins NJ, Zarek SM, Tsai MY, Chen Z, Faraggi D, Galai N, Silver RM (2015). Preconception low dose aspirin and time to pregnancy: findings from the effects of aspirin in gestation and reproduction randomized trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 100(5), 1785-91.
  8. Matyas RA, Mumford SL, Schliep KC, Ahrens KA, Sjaarda LA, Perkins NJ, Filiberto AC, Mattison D, Zarek SM, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF (2015). Effects of over-the-counter analgesic use on reproductive hormones and ovulation in healthy, premenopausal women. Hum Reprod, 30(7), 1714-23.
  9. Sjaarda LA, Schisterman EF, Schliep KC, Plowden T, Zarek SM, Yeung E, Wactawski-Wende J, Mumford SL (2015). Dietary Carbohydrate Intake Does Not Impact Insulin Resistance or Androgens in Healthy, Eumenorrheic Women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 100(8), 2979-86.
  10. Andrews MA, Schliep KC, Wactawski-Wende J, Stanford JB, Zarek SM, Radin RG, Sjaarda LA, Perkins NJ, Kalwerisky RA, Hammoud AO, Mumford SL (2015). Dietary factors and luteal phase deficiency in healthy eumenorrheic women. Hum Reprod, 30(8), 1942-51.
  11. Schliep KC, Mumford SL, Peterson CM, Chen Z, Johnstone EB, Sharp HT, Stanford JB, Hammoud AO, Sun L, Buck Louis GM (2015). Pain typology and incident endometriosis. Hum Reprod, 30(10), 2427-38.
  12. Radin RG, Mumford SL, Silver RM, Lesher LL, Galai N, Faraggi D, Wactawski-Wende J, Townsend JM, Lynch AM, Simhan HN, Sjaarda LA, Perkins NJ, Zarek SM, Schliep KC, Schisterman EF (2015). Sex ratio following preconception low-dose aspirin in women with prior pregnancy loss. J Clin Invest, 125(9), 3619-26.
  13. Schliep KC, Zarek SM, Schisterman EF, Wactawski-Wende J, Trevisan M, Sjaarda LA, Perkins NJ, Mumford SL (2015). Alcohol intake, reproductive hormones, and menstrual cycle function: a prospective cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr, 102(4), 933-42.
  14. Zarek SM, Mitchell EM, Sjaarda LA, Mumford SL, Silver RM, Stanford JB, Galai N, White MV, Schliep KC, DeCherney AH, Schisterman EF (2015). Is Anti-Mullerian Hormone Associated With Fecundability? Findings From the EAGeR Trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 100(11), 4215-21.
  15. Wong LF, Schliep KC, Silver RM, Mumford SL, Perkins NJ, Ye A, Galai N, Wactawski-Wende J, Lynch AM, Townsend JM, Faraggi D, Schisterman EF (2015). The effect of a very short interpregnancy interval and pregnancy outcomes following a previous pregnancy loss. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 212(3), 375.e1-11.
  16. Prasad A, Schisterman EF, Schliep KC, Ahrens KA, Sjaarda LA, Perkins NJ, Matyas R, Wactawski-Wende J, Mumford SL (2014). Depressive symptoms and their relationship with endogenous reproductive hormones and sporadic anovulation in premenopausal women. Ann Epidemiol, 24(12), 920-4.
  17. Kissell KA, Danaher MA, Schisterman EF, Wactawski-Wende J, Ahrens KA, Schliep KC, Perkins NJ, Sjaarda LA, Mumford SL (2014). Variation in Serum anti-Müllerian Hormone throughout Ovulatory and Sporadic Anovulatory Cycles in Eumenorrheic Women. Hum Reprod, 29(8), 1764-72.
  18. Ahrens K, Mumford SL, Schliep KC, Kissell KA, Perkins NJ, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF (2014). Serum leptin levels and reproductive function during the menstrual cycle. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 210(3), 248.e1-9.
  19. Ahrens KA, Vladutiu CJ, Mumford SL, Schliep KC, Perkins NJ, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF (2014). The effect of physical activity across the menstrual cycle on reproductive function. Ann Epidemiol, 24(2), 127-34.
  20. Porucznik CA, Cox KJ, Schliep KC, Stanford JB (2014). Pilot test and validation of the peak day method of prospective determination of ovulation against a handheld urine hormone monitor. BMC Womens Health, 14, 4.
  21. Schliep KC, Mumford SL, Hammoud AO, Stanford JB, Kissell KA, Sjaarda LA, Perkins NJ, Ahrens KA, Wactawski-Wende J, Mendola P, Schisterman EF (2014). Luteal phase deficiency in regularly menstruating women: prevalence and overlap in identification based on clinical and biochemical diagnostic criteria. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 99(6), E1007-14.
  22. Sjaarda LA, Mumford SL, Kissell K, Schliep KC, Hammoud AO, Perkins NJ, Weck J, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF (2014). Increased androgen, anti-Mullerian hormone, and sporadic anovulation in healthy, eumenorrheic women: a mild PCOS-like phenotype? J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 99(6), 2208-16.
  23. Lynch KE, Mumford SL, Schliep KC, Whitcomb BW, Zarek SM, Pollack AZ, Bertone-Johnson ER, Danaher M, Wactawski-Wende J, Gaskins AJ, Schisterman EF (2014). Assessment of anovulation in eumenorrheic women: comparison of ovulation detection algorithms. Fertil Steril, 102(2), 511-518.e2.
  24. Prasad A, Mumford SL, Buck Louis GM, Ahrens KA, Sjaarda LA, Schliep KC, Perkins NJ, Kissell KA, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF (2014). Sexual activity, endogenous reproductive hormones and ovulation in premenopausal women. Horm Behav, 66(2), 330-8.
  25. Schliep KC, Schisterman EF, Mumford SL, Pollack AZ, Perkins NJ, Ye A, Zhang CJ, Stanford JB, Porucznik CA, Hammoud AO, Wactawski-Wende J (2013). Energy-containing beverages: reproductive hormones and ovarian function in the BioCycle Study. Am J Clin Nutr, 97(3), 621-30.
  26. Schliep KC, Schisterman EF, Mumford SL, Perkins NJ, Ye A, Pollack AZ, Zhang C, Porucznik CA, VanDerslice JA, Stanford JB, Wactawski-Wende J (2013). Validation of different instruments for caffeine measurement among premenopausal women in the BioCycle study. Am J Epidemiol, 177(7), 690-9.
  27. Filiberto AC, Mumford SL, Pollack AZ, Zhang C, Yeung EH, Schliep KC, Perkins NJ, Wactawski-Wende J, Schisterman EF (2013). Usual dietary isoflavone intake and reproductive function across the menstrual cycle. Fertil Steril, 100(6), 1727-34.
  28. Schliep KC, Schisterman EF, Mumford SL, Pollack AZ, Zhang C, Ye A, Stanford JB, Hammoud AO, Porucznik CA, Wactawski-Wende J (2012). Caffeinated beverage intake and reproductive hormones among premenopausal women in the BioCycle Study. Am J Clin Nutr, 95(2), 488-97.
  29. Schliep KC, Stanford JB, Chen Z, Zhang B, Dorais JK, Boiman Johnstone E, Hammoud AO, Varner MW, Louis GM, Peterson CM (2012). Interrater and intrarater reliability in the diagnosis and staging of endometriosis. Obstet Gynecol, 120(1), 104-12.
  30. Nassaralla CL, Stanford JB, Daly KD, Schneider M, Schliep KC, Fehring RJ (2011). Characteristics of the menstrual cycle after discontinuation of oral contraceptives. J Womens Health (Larchmt), 20(2), 169-77.
  31. Schliep K, Nanney M, Coffrin K, Anderson D (2010). Applying the Alliance for a Healthier Generation guidelines for competitive foods and beverages in Utah schools. Utah's Health: An Annual Review, 15.


  1. Schliep K (2009). A call to provide multiple options for women in developing countries [Letter to the editor]. Fertil Steril, 92(2), e35.


  1. Wong LF, Schliep KC, Schisterman EF, Wactawski-Wende J, Townsend JM, Lynch AM, Galai N, Faraggi D, Perkins NJ, Mumford SL, Ye A, Silver RM (2014). The Effect of Very Short Interpregnancy Interval on Pregnancy Outcomes After Early Pregnancy Loss. Poster session presented at Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, New Orleans, LA [Abstract].