Dr. Kaar’s research and training is related to childhood obesity. She worked at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Weight Management and Wellness Center from 2004-2007. After her graduate training in the topic of physical activity epidemiology and adolescent obesity, Dr. Kaar trained specifically in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. For this training, she moved across the pond and worked at Cambridge in their Epidemiology Unit (specifically working on the Cambridge Baby Growth Study (birth cohort) and the Cambridge Baby Milk Study (RCT) from 2007-2010.
In 2010, Dr. Kaar’s career moved her back to the U.S. and to the UCD campus within the Colorado School of Public Health working specifically on the National Children’s Study (birth cohort). Now, in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Kaar’s primary research will focus on maternal and child health including the following topics: dietary exposures during pregnancy & lactation and how these exposures may impact children’s eating habits in early childhood. An additional line of research will investigate whether and how both food preferences and total food intake impact infant growth and adiposity.