Katherine Arlinghaus, PhD, MS, RD

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

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 & 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



Select Publications

See a full list of publications on PubMed

Arlinghaus, K. R., & Laska, M. N. (2021). Parent feeding practices in the context of food insecurity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18, 366. doi:10.3390/ijerph18020366

Arlinghaus, K.R., O'Connor, D.P., Ledoux, T.A., Hughes, S.O., & Johnston, C.A. (2020). The role of early and later response on overall outcomes in school-based obesity intervention. Obesity. [Advance Online Publication] doi: 10.1002/oby.23040

Arlinghaus, K. R., Power, T. G., Hernandez, D. C., Johnston, C. A., & Hughes, S. O. (2020). The association between maternal depressive symptomology and child dinner dietary quality among Hispanic Head Start families. Preventive Medicine Reports, 20, 101196.doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101196

Arlinghaus, K.R., Gorniak, S.L., Hernandez, D.C., & Johnston, C.A. (2020). Hurricane Harvey differentially impacted the growth of low-income, ethnic minority adolescents: stress as a mediator. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. [Advance Online Publication] doi:10.1017/dmp.2020.308

Arlinghaus, K. R., O'Connor, D. P., & Johnston, C. A. (2019). Frequency of school-based intervention needed to improve weight outcomes of Mexican-American adolescents with overweight or obesity: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Obesity, 14(12), e12568.doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12568