Research Summary

Dr. Peggy Reynolds is an epidemiologist with research interests focused on environmental risk factors for cancer. Her research program has incorporated geographic information system tools and studies of biomarkers of exposure and effect to assess risk relationships for children and adults. A founding member and co-investigator for a large prospective study of women, the California Teachers Study, her work has examined a number of factors for risk of cancer and other diseases in women. Dr. Reynolds co-directs the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC) for UCSF's newly NIEHS funded Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) Center, designed to more broadly support and foster environmental health research for students, faculty and extended partners studying extrinsic influences on cancer and other health outcomes.

Research Funding

  • April 4, 2017 - March 31, 2021 - Sleep and Cancer: Evaluation of Risk and Insights into Mechanisms, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01 CA207020
  • February 1, 2016 - January 31, 2021 - Occupational Chemical Exposures in California and Breast Cancer Risk, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: California Breast Cancer Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: 212B0901
  • November 30, 2015 - August 31, 2020 - Innovative Infrastructure to Enhance the California Teachers Study, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U01CA199277
  • September 30, 2015 - June 30, 2020 - Menopausal Transition – a Window of Susceptibility for the Promotion of Breast Cancer, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIEHS/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U01 ES026137


University of California, Santa Cruz, BA, 6/1968, Psychology
University of California, Berkeley, MPH, 6/1978, Behavioral Science
University of California, Berkeley, PhD, 12/1983, Epidemiology

Selected Publications

  1. Reynolds P, Canchola AJ, Duffy CN, Hurley S, Neuhausen SL, Horn-Ross PL, Rull RP Urinary cadmium and timing of menarche and pubertal development in girls.  View on PubMed
  2. Lee E, Kinninger A, Ursin G, Tseng C, Hurley S, Wang M, Wang Y, Park JS, Petreas M, Deapen D, Reynolds P Serum Levels of Commonly Detected Persistent Organic Pollutants and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) and Mammographic Density in Postmenopausal Women.  View on PubMed
  3. Lee E, Doanvo N, Lee M, Soe Z, Lee AW, Van Doan C, Deapen D, Ursin G, Spicer D, Reynolds P, Wu AH Immigration history, lifestyle characteristics, and breast density in the Vietnamese American Women's Health Study: a cross-sectional analysis.  View on PubMed
  4. Varshavsky JR, Morello-Frosch R, Harwani S, Snider M, Petropoulou SE, Park JS, Petreas M, Reynolds P, Nguyen T, Quach T A Pilot Biomonitoring Study of Cumulative Phthalates Exposure among Vietnamese American Nail Salon Workers.  View on PubMed
  5. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Von Behren J, Clague DeHart J, Wang S, Reynolds P Chronotype and postmenopausal breast cancer risk among women in the California Teachers Study.  View on PubMed
  6. Von Behren J, Liu R, Sellen J, Duffy CN, Gajek R, Choe KY, DeGuzman J, Janes MK, Hild J, Reynolds P Heavy Metals in California Women Living in a Gold Mining-Impacted Community.  View on PubMed
  7. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Park JS, Petreas M, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H, Neuhausen SL, Nelson DO, Reynolds P A breast cancer case-control study of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) serum levels among California women.  View on PubMed
  8. Jiang L, Chang J, Ziogas A, Deapen D, Reynolds P, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H Secondhand smoke, obesity, and risk of type II diabetes among California teachers.  View on PubMed
  9. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Wang M, Park JS, Petreas M, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H, Nelson DO, Reynolds P Breast cancer risk and serum levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances: a case-control study nested in the California Teachers Study.  View on PubMed
  10. Collins RT, Von Behren J, Yang W, Carmichael SL, Reynolds P, Fisher PG, Shaw GM Congenital heart disease complexity and childhood cancer risk.  View on PubMed
  11. Quach T, Von Behren J, Nelson DO, Nguyen TN, Tsoh J, Le M, Fu L, Beckman S, Reynolds P Evaluating an owner-to-worker training intervention in California nail salons using personal air monitoring.  View on PubMed
  12. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Wang M, Park JS, Petreas M, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H, Nelson DO, Reynolds P Time Trends in Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in California Women: Declining Serum Levels, 2011-2015.  View on PubMed
  13. Marcotte EL, Druley TE, Johnson KJ, Richardson M, von Behren J, Mueller BA, Carozza S, McLaughlin C, Chow EJ, Reynolds P, Spector LG Parental Age and Risk of Infant Leukaemia: A Pooled Analysis.  View on PubMed
  14. Lacson JCA, Ma H, Lee E, Neuhausen SL, Anton-Culver H, Reynolds P, Nelson DO, Ziogas A, Van Den Berg D, Deapen DM, Bernstein L, Schumacher FR Genome-Wide Testing of Exonic Variants and Breast Cancer Risk in the California Teachers Study.  View on PubMed
  15. Powell MJ, Von Behren J, Neuhausen S, Reynolds P, Benz CC Functional IGF1R variant predicts breast cancer risk in women with preeclampsia in California Teachers Study.  View on PubMed
  16. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Reynolds P Impact of the environment on cancer: Seeing the forest for the trees.  View on PubMed
  17. Gomez SL, Von Behren J, McKinley M, Clarke CA, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Reynolds P, Glaser SL Breast cancer in Asian Americans in California, 1988-2013: increasing incidence trends and recent data on breast cancer subtypes.  View on PubMed
  18. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Nelson DO, Guo W, Wang Y, Baek HG, Park JS, Petreas M, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H, Reynolds P Temporal Evaluation of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Serum Levels in Middle-Aged and Older California Women, 2011-2015.  View on PubMed
  19. Von Behren J, Fisher PG, Carmichael SL, Shaw GM, Reynolds P An Investigation of Connections between Birth Defects and Cancers Arising in Adolescence and Very Young Adulthood.  View on PubMed
  20. Shariff-Marco S, Von Behren J, Reynolds P, Keegan TH, Hertz A, Kwan ML, Roh JM, Thomsen C, Kroenke CH, Ambrosone C, Kushi LH, Gomez SL Impact of Social and Built Environment Factors on Body Size among Breast Cancer Survivors: The Pathways Study.  View on PubMed

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