katherine arlinghaus

Katherine Arlinghaus, PhD, MS, RD

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health


Member, Healthy Weight Research Center


PhD, Kinesiology: Obesity Studies Concentration, University of Houston, 2020
MS, Public Health Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2016; Accredited Dietetic Internship: Case Western Reserve University
BS, Economics, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2014
BA, Latin American Studies, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2014


My research and teaching activities are focused on bridging the gap between research and public health practice to address health disparities in obesity and other nutrition-related diseases. My current studies do this by 1. Utilizing the school setting to provide basic behavioral treatment and prevention for pediatric obesity; 2. Identifying predictors of obesity intervention response to optimize the tailoring of interventions; 3. Investigating the role of parental influence on pediatric weight-related behaviors (e.g., eating and physical activity); and 4. Addressing the disproportionate challenges to preventing and treating chronic disease experienced by historically marginalized populations.


Health disparities, adolescent health, pediatric obesity, parent feeding, school health, community-based intervention, physical activity, nutrition, food insecurity.

Awards and Recognition

  • George A. Bray Doctoral Dissertation Award, The Obesity Society, 2020
  • Department of Health and Human Performance 2018-2019 Post-Candidacy Doctoral Student Award, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2019
  • American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health and Epidemiology and Prevention Early Career Committees 3-Minute Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Competition Winner, EPI Lifestyle 2019 Scientific Sessions, Houston, TX, 2019

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