Women and Their Children’s Health Study (WaTCH)

The Women and Their Children’s Health (WaTCH) study is researching the short- and long-term physical, mental, and community health effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on women and children who lived in the seven most affected southeastern coastal parishes. 2600 women and 600 children from Southeastern Louisiana are participating in this study. Up to now, very little research has been done to study the long-term health effects from oil spills, and currently, no other local organization is studying the physical and mental health of such a large group of women and their children in Louisiana. The WaTCH study is especially important because the links between oil spill exposures, community resilience, and human health are understudied.

Click here to go to the WaTCH Website

The WaTCH study wants to know:

  • What makes people and communities resilient (able to bounce back from hardships)
  • Ways to improve communities’ ability to recover from disasters in the future
  • Mechanisms of exposure to oil spills
  • Physical and emotional health effects (like problems with breathing, rashes, headaches, depression, etc.)
  • Effects of the oil spill on children’s development and well-being, and how parents and the community can help children cope

Deepwater Horizon Research Consortium

The WaTCH study is a member of the Deepwater Horizon Research Consortium. The Consortium identify personal and community health effects from the DWH oil spill and help identify ways to improve communities’ ability to recover from future disasters. Each of these partnerships focuses on a different aspect of the Gulf oil spill, such as the effects of the spill on the mental and physical health of mothers and children, or its impact on those who fish for a living or consume large amounts of seafood. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has funded the Deepwater Horizon Research Consortium, a network of community and university partnerships to conduct this important research in the Gulf region.

For information about the spill, view a presentation by Dr. Edward Trapido, WaTCH Principal Investigator: Oil_Spill_Presentation (.pdf)

For information about the study, check out our website or contact us:

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
School of Public Health
Study Line (Toll Free): 855-455-3170.


watch_trapido Edward J. Trapido, ScD, FACE
Principal Investigator, WaTCH Study
Associate Dean for Research & Professor
Wendell Gauthier Chair of Cancer Epidemiology
LSUHSC School of Public Health
etrapi@lsuhsc.edu, 504-568-5705
watch_peters Edward S. Peters, DMD, SM, SM, ScD
Co-Principal Investigator, WaTCH Study
Director of Epidemiology Program
LSUHSC School of Public Health
epete1@lsuhsc.edu, (504) 568-5743
watch_rung Ariane Rung, MPH, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator, WaTCH Study
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
LSUHSC School of Public Health
Evrim Oral, MS, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator, WaTCH Study
Associate Professor, Biostatistics
LSUHSC School of Public Health
watch_harrington Daniel J. Harrington, Sc.D.
Co-Investigator, WaTCH Study
Assistant Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
LSUHSC School of Public Health
David Abramson, PhD MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Program on Population Impacts, Recovery and Resiliency (PiR2)
Global Institute of Public Health
New York University
david.abramson@nyu.edu, (212) 992-6298
Lori Peek
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis
Colorado State University