Faculty Profile

Katherine W.  Bauer, PhD

Katherine W. Bauer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences

3854 SPH I
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Katherine (Kate) W. Bauer is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on identifying social and behavioral determinants of obesity and obesogenic behavior among children and adolescents, and the translation of this etiologic research into feasible and effective community-based interventions. Much of her work focuses on the role of families in children's and adolescents' obesity risk including understanding 1.) how the family environment influences nutrition, physical activity, and obesity risk among youth; 2.) how socio-ecologic stressors affect weight-related parenting, the family environment, and child behavior and weight; and 3.) how to engage vulnerable families in obesity prevention efforts. She is also interested in the application of causal inference methodologies in pediatric obesity research.

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • MS, Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 2002 
  • BA with High Honors, Psychology, Oberlin College, 1998

Social and behavioral determinants of youth obesity, parenting and family influences on children’s obesogenic behavior and weight status, family-based obesity prevention