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Arlene Manns Butz, Sc.D.

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Professor of Pediatrics

Expertise: Adolescent Medicine, General Pediatrics

Research Interests: In utero drug-exposed infants; Health disparities in pediatric asthma; Pediatric asthma


Dr. Arlene Mann Butz is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Butz is a prolific investigator whose work has focused on improving pediatric asthma outcomes among children. Her special interests include pediatric asthma, predictors and influences of treatment outcomes, health disparities in children with asthma, and home-based education and behavioral interventions for high-risk children. She has been continuously funded by NIH for the past 16 years.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Butz completed a master's in nursing degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She went on to receive a doctor of science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in infection prevention.

Dr. Butz practices as a pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP) at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy (CAP) Pediatric Primary Care clinic at the Bayview campus.  This practice provides primary care for newborns up to age 21 years.

In 2013, the American Thoracic Society awarded her with the Marilyn Hansen Award for an outstanding nursing research abstract. more


  • Professor of Pediatrics


Additional Training

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD

M.S.N., P.N.P.
Catholic University of America
Washington D.C.

Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Butz’ research focuses on community-based, behavioral intervention research in pediatric asthma. She is currently the principal investigator of a randomized trial of an emergency department and home-based intervention linking emergency, the home and primary care with the goal of improving asthma morbidity in young children with recurrent ED visits.

Dr. Butz was also the principal investigator of a randomized trial addressing reducing second-hand smoke exposure in the home for inner city children with asthma as part of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment. Previous research involved testing the effectiveness of a home-nurse educational intervention for in-utero drug exposed infants for subsequent cognitive, behavioral, health and social outcomes at age 5 years. Dr. Butz is interested in examining factors associated with adherence to asthma medication and medical care in urban children with asthma by improving access to quality asthma management.

Dr. Butz is also co-investigator of the NIEHS Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment Project and serves as the Principal Investigator on the intervention component entitled Particulate Reduction Education in City Homes (PREACH) study.  

She serves as a co-investigator on two NHLBI/NIH funded studies including A+ Asthma Head Start Intervention for Asthma Management and Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Minority Teens with Asthma.  Dr. Butz’s particular expertise is the testing effectiveness of home nurse interventions in urban populations to manage chronic diseases and track high-risk families.

Clinical Trials

Asthma Express: Bridging Emergency to Primary Care in Underserved Children

Technology-based Community Health Nursing (TECH-N) to Prevent Recurrent Sexually Transmitted Infections after Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Selected Publications

Okelo SO, Butz AM, Sharma R, Diette GB, Pitts SI, King TM, Linn ST, Reuben M, Chelladurai Y, Robinson KA. "Interventions to modify health care provider adherence to asthma guidelines: a systematic review." Pediatrics. 2013 Sep;132(3):517-34. PMID: 23979092.

Butz AM, Kub J, Bellin MH, Frick KD. "Challenges in providing preventive care to inner-city children with asthma." Nurs Clin North Am. 2013 Jun;48(2):241-57.PubMed PMID: 23659811

Butz AM, Halterman JS, Bellin M, Kub J, Frick KD, Lewis-Land C, Walker J, Donithan M, Tsoukleris M, Bollinger ME. "Factors associated with completion of a behavioral intervention for caregivers of urban children with asthma." J Asthma. 2012 Nov;49(9):977-88.

Butz AM, Tsoukleris M, Donithan M, Hsu VD, Mudd K, Zuckerman IH, Bollinger ME. "Patterns of inhaled antiinflammatory medication use in young underserved children with asthma." Pediatrics. 2006;118;2504.

Butz AM, Bellin M, Bollinger ME, Kub J, Mudd SS, Land CL, Ogborn CJ, Thompson RE, Tsoukleris M. Salivary cotinine concentrations for high risk chi1dren with persistent asthma. Spit Matters. Ann Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2016;116(5):463-465

Contact for Research Inquiries

Phone: 410-614-5963

Activities & Honors


  • Marilyn Hansen Award for outstanding nursing abstract, American Thoracic Society, 2013
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